In despair is the decline of mind and soul

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cable television, live ‘interactive’ programming, palm digital readers, or the Internet and its face books.  I could sit with my dad and have a great time, and discuss things between us. I can’t do the same with my son. Something’s missing, and that goes to the heart of our worries. This is what we’re unable to come to terms with. It is important that we respect the ways that their world is different than the one we remember living in as teenagers.
We have to know that the world has changed and the changes to the reality of today’s youth are very drastic. While in the past change was gradual, today changes are frequent and fast and cover all aspects of life.
The mindsets and personalities of the 80’s babies have been shaped by the 90’s – the decade when they became teenagers, a decade of tremendous societal change in India and the world. It is thus inevitable that the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s  “people” are not able to understand the present generation. ‘Disconnect’ here is a euphemism for generation gap. As the lifestyle of people is changing rapidly, the social bonds become more complex and maintaining relationships difficult.
Our 90’s generation experienced full-blown conflict. Today’s Kashmiri young adults are again feeling lost, confused, let down and alienated. In fact, due to conflict situation, they evolved through typical characteristics of growth —intellectually, emotionally, and socially — on their way to becoming adults.
Ironically, the educational system doesn’t allow them to be expressive, nor do they have opportunities for economic and political participation.
Information technology and related social networks no longer merely play the role of an intermediary, but that the actual knowledge of how to use it has become very widespread as well. It has changed the social norm that the elderly teach the young. They are fraught with anxiety over their conflicting image.
Negative attitudes are shocking in any age group but when they come from young people they are also heartbreaking. The fact that the attitudes shown by today’s youth directly shape what Kashmir will become in the future.
Somewhere along the way, it shows that the adults of today aren’t doing their job properly. Above all, new media and especially cable channels are romanticizing the moral decay and crime in the valley.
Sociologists, religious scholars, media pundits, professionals, and psychologists need to join in an effort to discuss contemporary Kashmiri youth culture. We need to come to an understanding of the complexities underlying the youths’ identities, conduct, and loyalties.
A positive attitude paves the way for open-mindedness. Everything is not inevitable in history. The ablest navigators can defeat the worst sea storms. We need to bring everything together in the way it comes to our youth with the alternatives, the solutions – a “360 degree” approach that is “youth-centric,” and “goes across all their touch points”.
In a poem addressed to a young man, Iqbal wrote:
When the Eagle spirit is awakened in the youth,
Its destination appears to it far off in the skies.
Hope on! In despair is the decline of mind and soul.
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A journalist with seven years of working experience in Kashmir.

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