10 Nov 2017/ Friday
History has been made last week in Kashmir when Mainz Raat, the first Kashmiri feature film released in 1964, started rolling on the screen in Tagore Hall in Srinagar. And pleasantly, the Kashmiri youth applauded it with whistles and clapping. For the first time in their lives, students from various universities in Valley were watching a film in a cinema theatre since 1989. And the same trend was seen at Kashmir World Film Festival, which screened Hindi, Hollywood, Italian, Polish, Japanese and Persian films, organised by Mustaaque Ali, curator of the Kashmir World Film Festival. Bollywood writers and filmmakers like Saeed Mirza, Anwar Jamal, Rahat Kazmi, Anuraj Patil, Gowhar Raza and Govind Nihalani and actor Rajat Kapoor attended the film festival.
In another incident, J&K Police hosted 100 Kashmiri students for acknowledging the J&K police work and to get a first-hand experience of Policing. This initiative received a huge positive response from the communities in the Valley.
Not only this, but youth in the Valley also has shown seriousness in education as Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) Class 12th annual regular examination in Kashmir Division began peacefully on 1st November. Local daily, Daily Excelsior says that more than 55000 students turned up for the exam which is held at 496 centres across J&K.
What youth in the valley want is peaceful education system, good jobs and even the small initiatives like a film festival or student recognition by J&K Police department. What they certainly do not want is unrest in the Valley, stone pelting and the militancy.