Democracy is the buzz word in Kashmir politics. But interestingly, those below 40 years of age are treated as kids in the political sphere.
There is another interesting phenomenon which we observe. The majority of the population in Kashmir is below 40 years of age. This young population elects candidates who are mostly above 60 years old.
We should ask the question, “Are we really satisfied with the way Jammu and Kashmir has been governed from the last 30 years?” Should it not bother us that usually people above 60 take retirement, whether they are in a government office or working in the corporate sector? In politics, it is exactly the opposite. Why is it that people who are below in age are treated as kids in political spheres?
Nobody Dreams Of Becoming MLA or MP
Our young generation dreams of being appointed to all kinds of prestigious posts, whether in the civil or defense sector. Every year, JKSSB receives application forms in lakhs. Thousands of Kashmiri youth participate in different recruitment rallies of Army, Police, fire & emergency, Railways etc with zeal and zest. But surprisingly, nobody wants to contest elections. Nobody dreams to become an MLA or MP.
We are told that Politics is a dirty game. We are told it is a polluted activity. The reality is that our young generation has remained confined to caste votes only. Our youth is being trained through IT cells that political parties have created on WhatsApp. The parties have created these IT cells for defending them on social media from filthy comments.
We Need A Young Legislature
Our young generation has got involved in spreading hate against each other. They are being used for displaying party posters and hoardings, raising slogans like kon ya kon aya, Sher aya Sher aya, Falani sb aagay bado, Hum tumhare saat hain and nothing else. An MLA receives huge salary. His salary is equivalent to the salary of two IAS officers.
At the end of the day, our young generation participates in electoral politics one way or the other, but they cannot dream for becoming an MLA or MP. The youth are somehow trained to think that dreaming of posts like MP or MLA is a sin and a curse, because these posts are meant for children of politicians only. But we must remember that no change is possible without young Legislature.
At the end of the day, our young generation participates in electoral politics one way or the other, but they cannot dream for becoming an MLA or MP. The youth are somehow trained to think that dreaming of posts like MP or MLA is a sin and a curse, because these posts are meant for children of politicians only