Ceasefire must continue, violation will affect people: Omar
Ceasefire must continue, violation will affect people: Omar
11 January 2013
The Daily Excelsior
: Amidst escalating tension along the Indo-Pak border, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the ceasefire between the two countries must continue because its violation adversely affects the population of the militancy-affected State. Abdullah, asked to react to the killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, said 'We have already condemned it strongly. We want the ceasefire between the two countries to continue because its violation affects the J&K population.' The ceasefire, which came into force in 2003, was also necessary to prevent infiltration into the State, he added. Abdullah was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a 'Students' Parliament' organised by Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) here. Underlining the need for an attractive environment for committed, educated and spirited youth to participate in democratic polity, Omar said that the power of creating such an atmosphere is with people. 'You should not hate politics but weed out foul player from political arena by exercising your voting power', he told the Indian Students Parliament at Pune while delivering his key note address on the 2nd day of its 3-day conclave. 'Creation of an environment so that committed educated and spirited youth participate in democratic polity and contribute in evolving a healthy democratic system is in itself in the hands of people', he added and said that only people are powerful to eject wrong politicians from politics by handing over defeat to them in general elections. The Chief Minister said that all are concerned about the growing negativity in the younger generation towards democratic polity and hate tendency is building up in the minds of youth towards politicians. 'This makes them remain isolated from the main stream of democratic polity drawing wrong notions about politics and politicians', he said adding that this mindset needs to be changed. 'You have not to hate the politics but the politicians who pollute politics', he reiterated and asked the youth force to exercise their vote power for keeping wrong politicians away from the politics. Omar asked the youth force not to get used by politicians but utilize them for the benefit of the society and cause of the country. 'This can only be done when you participate in politics, exercise your votes and make democratic institutions strong, transparent and vibrant by choosing dedicated and honest representatives', he added and said that politics is not anybody's inherited property but it belonged to people and only people can allow politicians to groom or doom in this field. 'When youth actually cease to participate for common causes core democratic values, inclusive representation, vibrancy of democracy and eventually respect for human rights begin to erode, which is dangerous for the very existence of any free and democratic society', Omar maintained and said that Indian Students Parliament share a greater role to strengthen the fabric of democracy and democratic institutions. 'It has been observed that public especially youth raise their voices on different occasions against various issues but do not translate these into results by exercising their real power to over through the politicians and the system which they consider corrupt, unwholesome and anti-people by voting in large number during general elections', he said and asked youth not to exhibit 'soda water josh' in given vent to their feedings but patiently bring in change in the system by utilizing vote power. Omar said that the student leaders participating in the conference are the young men and women representing the face of young and resurgent India as also the future of the country. 'The participants in the conclave of Indian Student Parliament share a collective mission to strengthen the democracy and democratic institutions world-wide. The academic adventures of this platform are not only enriching the perspectives of thousands of spirited youth at its national conclave but also helping them to assume leadership roles by entering diverse spheres of public life', he added. Mr Abdullah said that the national conclave of students differs from other conclaves in objective mission and methodology as it does not stop at its conclusion but converge in the most constructive and forceful manner in channelizing and guiding the energy of youth. The Chief Minister said that people with unimpeachable integrity, irrespective of their chosen area of excellence and people who are leaders in their own rights have a greater role to play to impact young minds positively and effectively imbibing and infusing a sense of moral, intellectual and political leadership in them. 'We need to keep reminding ourselves that it is our duty to inspire the successive generations to remain committed to healthy democracy to goodness respecting fundamental human values', he said. Congratulating the Indian Student Parliament for its passionate mission to strengthen the fabric of democracy and involve younger generation in playing constructive role for the betterment of society and the institutions, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the Indian Student Parliament with its defined objective would go a long way in making the pillars of Indian democracy sturdy and strong. Omar also replied the questions of the students in an interaction session after his address. He gave detailed answers of the questions put to him regarding socio-political, economic-development, education, public empowerment and youth force welfare in Jammu and Kashmir. The 3-day conclave of Indian Student Parliament began on 10th of this month at Pune and will culminate on January 12, 2013. As many as 12,000 student leaders from all over the country are participating in the 3-day conclave.