‘Kashmir youth have rendered political, other parties irrelevant’

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said that given the level of their talent and vision, the young generation of the Valley has rendered political and all other parties completely irrelevant.
‘Kashmir youth have rendered political, other parties irrelevant’
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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said that given the level of their talent and vision, the young generation of the Valley has rendered political and all other parties completely irrelevant. 

He said if the state succeeded in understanding the youth anger, their needs and desires, "Kashmir's future will not only shine but remain secure forever".

Addressing a youth festival organised by the army in the lawns of SKICC overlooking the famous Dal lake here, the Governor said he was feeling satisfied that "Kashmir's future was really bright". 

"In Kashmir, the level of talent and vision youth possess has rendered all the political parties or for that matter other parties and groups completely irrelevant," the Governor said. "The youth between the age of 13 to 20 years are full of talent and I am very happy to see that."

He said if the state government succeeded in understanding the needs, aspirations, desires and the anger of youth, Kashmir will not only have "a shining but a secure future full of peaceful atmosphere as well." 

The Governor said in Kashmir he has observed that after 6 pm youth have nothing to do. "There are no coffee shops, no cinemas and no playgrounds. We have selected two places for establishing international stadiums and our aim is to organise Indian Premier League (IPL) matches here," Malik said. 

"We want to create an IPL team also. We have a great football team who recently defeated Mohanbagan."

Asking youth to concentrate on sports, paintings, calligraphy and other art, the Governor said the doors of Delhi and the J&K Governor's house were open round the clock to listen to their issues. "I want to assure youth that we are here to address the grievances of the youth of Kashmir," he said.

The Governor said he doesn't take the information provided by the officers of various departments as final. "I want to hear from the youth and general public too. And for that, I have kept my personal number open for all. I pick all the calls myself," he said. 

"I have also kept my whatsapp number open for registering grievances so that people's issues are resolved without delay."

He said after participating in the event, he was feeling ten years younger than his age. "It is really a pleasure to participate in such a glittering event. Otherwise, we get a different crowd to address," Malik said and thanked the General officer Commanding (GoC), of Srinagar based 15 Corps, lieutenant general A K Bhat for organising such events. 

Later, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, Malik said that not only music, but many other steps need to be taken to woo youth. "I am writing to all the schools, colleges and universities to hold such events and to put forth their requirements for imparting quality education," he said. 

"We are giving 40 more new colleges to the State soon."

On the corruption, he said: "It is very deep rooted in Kashmir and I am not compromising on this issue. We have recently arrested one officer and more action is in the offing. I have come here with one suit case, and I will go back with the same."

About the restive south Kashmir, Malik said he will extend a friendly hand to the people of south Kashmir to resolve their issues.

The Governor Malik was the chief guest on the occasion while as Bollywood singer Javid Ali was special guest, who enthralled the audience by singing dozens of hit songs.

Many other Bollywood personalities were also present on the occasion. 

Before singing, Javaid Ali said he was surprised to see the great level of talent in Kashmir. "Kashmiri youth can dance, sing, paint, write, play and do everything. My request to youth is not to keep their talent hidden and to tell the whole word and India about the great mettle you have," he said.

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