Delivering a lecture on basic ingredients for peace, progress and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir at Amity University, Noida, the Chief Minister said that youth of Jammu and Kashmir like other young people are confronted with social, economic, gender and environmental problems, Mr. Omar said that in the existing political system they have so far perceived no leadership on the issues that concern them as such, they are less politically engaged, exhibiting, less social trust or confidence in the government.
“My generation should not expect the establishment to address, let alone fix, the sobering problems that we have inherited, unless we start participating in the nation’s political process, and learn to flex our generational muscle. The new leadership that has emerged in J&K needs a new following to be able to deliver. This is the key ingredient”, he asserted. He said if the new generation is rallied to participate it will bring about the minimization of ethnic, class, regional and ideological distinctions that have independently and collectively a major bearing on the core of the
The Chief Minister added, “to be honest with you I don’t see myself only as the Chief Minister of J&K, I see myself as the "generational spokesman” who is here to articulate the aspirations of the young men and women in their 30s and 40s and set in systems to fulfill those aspirations.
“Finally, the rallying the GenX is required to change the system. Only the new generation can put in place a new value system that is based on integrity; professional integrity; intellectual integrity; personal integrity and ideological integrity”, he maintained.
Omar said re-structuring of political arrangements is required neither as a sentimental sop nor as a concession to secessionist propagation. “Autonomy for
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Mr. Omar said that J&K has never occupied the mental space of the Indian civil society quite in the same way as it has in the political arena. “It needs to do so now”, he added. He said for the vast majority of people in
“We have to find ways and means for the Indian civil society to engage with and own up
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