December 2017 News

No Child Born With Desire To Pelt Stones Or Resort To Violence: Drabu

6 December 2017
Rising Kashmir
Yawar Hussain

Srinagar: Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu, Wednesday said that no child is born with desire to pelt stones or resort to violence. 'No human being has a desire for violence,' Drabu said while addressing students during the felicitation ceremony at Doon International school. He said that schools are the best platform to address the 'situation' of turmoil in Kashmir. 'Schools need to be placed in a cultural context. You can't replicate a school of a different culture in another state with a different society,' he said, adding that 'every school must adapt to the local culture and dedicate some of its teaching for understanding the issues faced at large by the society.' 'Understanding behavioural actions will ultimately form the future.' Finance Minister said that Kashmiris are going through difficult times. 'Many unfortunate things have happened and I am not talking about politics or academics. No other culture is richer than Kashmiri culture in terms of liberalism, acceptance and diversity,' he said. ' There was a need to go back to the past to reclaim that identity.' He said to change the current mind-set Kashmiri 'society needs to rediscover the moorings of Sufism and Rishism.' 'It is the biggest challenge right now. We can't wait for governments to do it. The few available social institutions like schools need to foray beyond academics and find solution to social issues,' he said. Finance Minister said that conflict-ridden societies need to develop the 'sensitivity for finding a long term solution. Schools should focus about their future.' Drabu said the 'current generation of students was growing up in abnormal times marred by social strife which the earlier generations never witnessed.' He said in the backdrop of 'social chaos' the schools need to adapt to the responsibility of preparing 'children for facing the situation in Valley.' 'You are preparing students for excellence in academics and getting jobs but our children need to know what is happening in the Valley and how to address it,' he said, adding that no school in Kashmir 'is talking to its children about the things that exist.' 'These students are our future.' 'Education should be imbibed as a way of life. Make relationships here in school and they will be for a lifetime.' Drabu advised 'students to create a world for themselves rather than living in world made by others for them.'

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