Kids from Kashmir are no less than anyone, they just need motivation/impetus and who better than General Devendra Pandey Goc-in-C 15 Corps also christened Chinar Corps can do that!
-‘Show me the heroes that the youth of your country look up to, and I will tell you the future of your country is what a great African writer said. Here the kids in all blues in the picture are smiling and laughing as they get themselves photographed with the General and who modern day hero to look up to than the man who leads the 15 Corps in the Kashmir valley along with an array of great fighters in the form of officers and men who have been deployed for the security/ safety of the people and why forget spreading the message of love’!
-‘This story is not about high voltage action but it’s about high octane love for humanity and children who are the future of the Nation. General Pandey’s philosophy seems to be simple, come on board to build Naya Kashmir, a Kashmir renowned for spreading love in humanity and the message simpler, your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it! It’s nice that the kids are understanding that and the same augurs very well for Kashmir’!
-‘It is not that there are no problems in Kashmir on the security front but the lid on the terror activities has been tightened but still accidents do happen but the reconstruction is on as the younger generation wants to board the flight, rather have boarded it because reconstruction is the ultimate goal to create a new Kashmir minimally capable state in key areas, security, governance, participation of the people in Nation building activities, social/ economic well-being, justice and reconciliation! That is what the entire effort is being directed towards and by the way the things are happening in the right spirit’!
-‘One look at the Kashmiri kids buzzing around in the schools in the valley and it can be made to that things are moving in the right direction up the beanstalk the end of which is infinite. More and more of them are getting on to it with a definite realization that none can discover new oceans and avenues unless they have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Nothing can happen if you remain stagnant at one place just wondering about the past that has been dreadful all the way. But reliving it will not make things happen but onward voyages will by all means and that would be the new vibrant Kashmir which everyone on the planet wants to happen! By the way it is’!
M for Magic is what the children say when they hear stories that are positive and innovative. Stories about the Indian Army in Kashmir have all been full of positivity. Stories one reads when they are of the right age never quite leave them. They may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes they will forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches them it will stay with them, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visited or memories of those who were the central figures in them. The story of Awaam and Jawan, Naya Kashmir (new episode) unfolded by the Indian Army are all part and parcel to get Kashmir to the times when the Chinars fluttered and not in flames, music reverberated from the nature’s props such as mountains, meadows, valleys, rivers, brooks, lakes and birds. The great poetic renditions, splendid prose, sublime dances and the stupor ridden music flowing out of the traditional musical instruments. That is Kashmir , the Nation and the world wants to see and trust me the way things are going that time is not far off!
Another story is that the youth in Kashmir today is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. This has been the story of the glorious past till Pakistan entered the frame and created the unprecedented ruckus and wanted to send everything for a toss by using Kashmiri youth to destroy Kashmir. But that could not have happened as the great wall in the form of the Indian Army had intervened with Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces augmenting the security grid! And it was all to relieve the people of the heavyweight monkey of fear on their backs.
Gone are the days when the lamenting Kashmir kids would say what a weary time these years were and those which have passed by did have the desire and the need to live but not the ability. They were seeing some wretched things happening in the lovely but dark, murky and scary countryside of Kashmir. They all wanted a change but that was not coming. Everything was uncertain and unpredictable yet there was a hope hiding somewhere in the wilderness. That hope was to be fetched back and it was done by the heroes of the Indian Army, J&K Police, the security forces and on many occasions the youth who had been driven into tight corners. Clearly there is a vivid change in the atmosphere as gloom has been paralyzed, tears wiped out, frustrations sent into furnaces to be destroyed forever and the fear itself has been paralyzed. The foundations of a new story to unfold have been laid and it is the present day vibrant children who have to sound the gongs of new arrival at the gateways of Naya Kashmir!
In the last three decades we have seen a generation of extreme Kashmiri leaders who by their volatility declared a war. They never ever fought it but with their tongues whipped up the emotions and the sentiments of the youth, mesmerized them with dreams that could never have been fulfilled and thrust them into a red hot oven to fight and perish for a cause that from very beginning had nothing in it and was hollow. The result had to be catastrophic and they were. But things now have been pulled back and the children are asking themselves as what to do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness and hollowness reside, the echoes of the past are still audible but all this can be cured and it is being and trust me these very kids will rise on higher pedestals tomorrow to lead the way for the generations to come! The man standing in the crowd of kids in all blues General Devendra Pandey has already written the first few chapters of the new epic, ‘Naya Kashmir’!