Kashmiris proud as their sons become Indian Army soldiers
At a time Kashmir’s youth are raging against the Indian state, a small group has donned the khaki-and-olive of the army and pledged to fight for the country.
On a bright, clear Thursday, 308 soldiers participated in a passing-out parade to join the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) — an exclusive regiment of soldiers drawn from the state. Of the 308, 116 were from the Valley and Muslim dominated areas of Jammu.
Their families travelled in the Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance after an airstrike in Aleppo on Wednesday. stealth of night to watch them take the salute and fly the tricolour at the Rangreth Centre in Budgam district — mindful of the tension outside its walls, where a 41-day curfew keeps a fragile peace after violent clashes between young Kashmiris and A Kashmiri mother kisses her son who graduated as an Army soldier at an army base in Srinagar. security forces that have left 66 dead and thousands injured.
This is the paradox facing the average Kashmiri youth — give in to the overwhelming ‘azadi’ sentiment or pursue the stability of a job with the security forces.