Kashmir children share their dreams, worries with Advani
30 January 2003
News Network International
NEW Delhi: They have a dream, like other teenagers in the country, to excel in studies, prove their mettle, to savor the fruits of development, to play cricket. And most importantly, they want to live life without fear. This is the message carried by a group of 41 school children belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, who are now on a study tour to different parts of India. The children met Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Wednesday to convey their concerns and request him to ensure speedy development of the state. Irfan, a Srinagar boy who spoke on their behalf, said the children of the state were looking forward to a lasting solution to the 'turmoil', so that they can enjoy the fruits of development. 'We feel insecure today...we want you to accelerate the peace efforts and ensure that industries and infrastructure is development in the state so that there would be no unemployment and we can also build our careers,' he said. Altaf admitted that they get little chance to prove their talent and potential. Altaf, who always stands first in his class, requested the Deputy PM to improve the standard of education in the state, reports India Express. Mr. Advani, on his part, promised to make all efforts to ensure lasting peace in the state. The tour has been organized by the Border Security Force (BSF) to expose the children to the historical background, rich cultural heritage and economic, social and technological development of the country.