Kash­miris proud as their sons be­come In­dian Army sol­diers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ashiq Hus­sain let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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