Lone Begins Campaign For Lifting Ban On Students Politics

Lone Begins Campaign For Lifting Ban On Students Politics

28 April 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Stressing there was a dire need of providing a political sphere to the students for emerging as prospering leaders from Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) Saturday announced setting up of its student wing under the banner of People’s Student Union (PSU), appointing a Kashmir University law student as its first president. “We announce the setting up of the People’s Student Union with an aim of empowering the youth of Kashmir by aiding students in gaining the right and ability to effect change and inculcate in them culture of politics and activism. PSU is a humble, yet a historic effort to provide an enabling environment for the political evolution of students,” party chairman, Sajad Lone, told reporters at a press conference here. He said that students define our tomorrow and have an important role in affecting political, environmental, economic and social change. “Kashmiri politics has been a story of either dynastic or tragic successions. Dynastic succession in the change of the traditional political families and tragic succession brought about by tragic assassinations in the case of the survivors of assassinated leaders in Kashmir. Leadership needs to be a function of evolution and not dynastic succession,” said Lone. He said that we have witnessed student leaders around the world evolving into national leaders who changed the political discourses of their respective societies. “It is time the Kashmiri nation embarks on a journey towards evolution, choosing to shun dynastic politics and tyrannical nepotism and PSU would be a fair and reform oriented platform to bring about this paradigm shift in the way we identify and develop our future leaders,” added Lone. While appealing parents to encourage their children for taking part in political activities, Lone said that it is very important to change the traditional perception that students should stay away from politics and political activities. “Parents need to understand that their children cannot aspire for individual excellence in the absence of national excellence,” said Lone. Lone stressed the people to take responsibility to clean the mess that they find themselves in and asked them stop feeling that someone else should and will clear up the mess. “No body, no individual, force or group will come from outside to effect change in Kashmir. We have created this social mess and we alone can steer our nation away from distress towards hope and development,” Lone, added. Lone informed that since formation of student union is banned in Kashmir University so PSU will do off with campus activities. However, he said that its party will take the legal route for not allowing the student unions function within university campuses. “In the whole world, Kashmir is the lone place where student unions are banned by authorities putting forward the pretext of Kashmir being a conflict zone which is wrong as well as illegal,” said Lone. He said that PSU in pursuit of its short term objectives, organize academic counseling, inter varsity debating, sports championship, gap programs and other initiatives that would provide students with the necessary exposure to become informed, active and effective student leaders. “PSU will absorb the students all over Kashmir including university and colleges,” said Lone. He also informed that after long deliberations students unanimously elected, Kashmir University Law Student, Shafaat Siddiqui as their first president. “Shafaat has demonstrated a consistent interest in welfare of students and is well informed about the social, economic and political issues that mar our nation. He has unmistakable traits of future leader and we wish him and his colleagues all the best,” said Lone. On the occasion Shafaat said that he will do his best to lead the party in an organized manner and work with zeal for the welfare of students. When asked why he chose only people’s conference, he said, “I found the party having a different agenda and under the good leadership qualities of its chairman, I think we will groom well and do well for Kashmir,” said Shafaat. He also claimed that he along with other student members was harassed and detained by Kashmir University authorities on Saturday when they were assembling to bode a bus so as to come to the party office. “University proctor officials detained us for a long time and threatened to rusticate us if we try to do some politics within the campus,” alleged Shafaat. Pertinently, authorities have strictly banned the campus politics including holding of any political seminars and symposiums within the University. The historic Kashmir University Students Union office had also been demolished during the time of former vice chancellor Prof. Riyaz Punjabi. The human rights activists, academicians, civil society including some politicians have been criticizing the move of the varsity.