EXPLOIT THE TALENT

That these young men (there are four from Jammu region as well) force a change in the system that we have inherited might have been one of the many things on the minds of people after the news broke. This is a usual expectation among people on such devolopments.
Regardless of the fact whether these young men and women will get home cadre, expecting a bunch of people changing the system is asking for too much. Had it been a case then their seniors might have made impressive contributions on this front.
 But that is only part of the story. The larger story is that Kashmiris generally skipped administrative examinations and opted for professional courses throughout. It was only almost a year ago that the society launched a movement for getting its share in all the administrative positions whether at the state or at federal level. Four boys making it to the civil services at the country level is the outcome of these efforts that reiterates the point that Kashmir has adequate talent available.
This also might be a consolation to the deprivation and disempowerment in which Kashmir finds itself after over a century of submitting a resolution to the P B Glancy Commission at the fag end of the Dogra monarchy. The system continues to evolve its own methods to help one grab others’ jobs and positions. The issue of jobs is as relevant to Kashmiri society today as it was almost a century back when subjects were not a favoured choice for administrative positions. The battle over the inter-district recruitments that witnessed a lot of politics in recent past is just a pointer towards the crisis.
Apart from youth making impressive gains in competitive examinations, what should make the society happy is that number of youth pass global examinations and go for studies in world’s best campuses. In the last twenty years when hundreds of students were going out for studies, a good proportion of them would return home to serve. Some of the major businesses are currently being managed by young men who studied management in some of the world’s best universities. The society needs to sustain this tempo and encourage those who return to serve. It essentially means permitting them to restructure, rebuilt and repair the existing institutional infrastructure in socio-economic sectors.

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