They compare the two unrelated subjects and sensationalise a simple issue
The recent debate on some Delhi-based television channels posed a few questions. Has the new civil service craze among the youth in Jammu and Kashmir taken away their sentiment for azadi. It was sad to see panelists comparing the two un-related issues, making judgements of their own and sending wrong message to the people living in the rest of India.
Being a Kashmiri I am proud that we are having IAS toppers in the valley who brought laurels to the sate by qualifying this prestigious examination. The trend started picking up in 2010, when a Kashmiri medical doctor Shah Faesal topped the UPSC exams. Since then a sizeable population has been attracted towards civil services as a career. No doubt that Faesal’s achievement has created a euphoria among young Kashmiri students in the valley. Going through the history of the J&K, certain things are evident. It is not that Kashmiri Muslims have not cracked the exams before Faesal. In fact, the first Kashmiri Muslim to do so was Muhammad Shafi Pandit in 1969, Iqbal Khanday in 1978, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai in 1982. If we talk of Nineties when militancy was at its peak, two Kashmiries Javed Mujtaba Gilani and Abdul Gani Mir, made it to the Indian Police Service (IPS); both serving the state as Inspector Generals presently. But then this cannot be compared with the sentiments and the solution to the long pending Kashmir imbroglio which has consumed so many innocent souls. Had it been so, we wouldn’t have witnessed a resurgence of resistance in Kashmir. The point is that valley youths have been qualifying the prestigious exams long before, and also this volatile situation in Kashmiri is also going on. Even Lt Gen S.K Dua asked that how do you also explain when there is recruitment rally for Army, for 55 vacancies 45,000 young men show up". For the information of the General he must know that “it is only the compulsion of a livelihood which is making them do so. Picking loose threads wont work”. In recent years, TV channels have become a source of sensation where audience are more distracted than informed. The hammering tone, the looping replays, the ticker tapes with nano-second news breaks, graphic designs – all this has created a republic of virtual reality where truth is lost in the glare of news presentation. This is no journalism but a mockery done in the name of journalism.