there has been a seminar in Srinagar , conducted by the Institute of Research on India and International Studies on "Media impact on the Kashmiri Youth”,
the organisers seem to be in continuation of the previous excerise using "interlocutors". it seems that considerable sums of public money are being expended to jsutify someone's viewpoint
The findings of the research regarding the notion of “azadi” among the “inward looking generation” of local youth and their “growing” interest towards Islam topped the debate that was held here during a function chaired by Governor N N Vohra.
Bashir Manzar, Editor, Kashmir Images, said the inclination of the Kashmiri youth towards Islam was not a new phenomenon, as the population of the Valley was predominantly Muslim. However, he said, the younger generation was more vocal in making statements over their religious beliefs.
Riyaz Masroor, a BBC correspondent, blamed the state for infusing religiosity and “sponsoring religious thoughts” on the people here, maintaining that the Valley had traditionally followed “Sufi Islam”.
Objecting to the use of word “Muslim” in the research findings, Masroor said the word “religion” should have been used instead.
“Inclination towards religion is a national phenomenon, not confined to Kashmir, and is a cause for concern for secularists,” he added.
75 pc Kashmiri youth prefer peaceful protests over gun: Survey
Bashir Manzar, Editor, Kashmir Images, Prof Neera Chandhoke from Delhi University, NN Vohra, Governor, Navnita Chadha Behera, honorary director, IRIIS, and Riyaz Masroor, BBC correspondent, were in a panel discussion organised by the Institute of Research on India and International Studies in Srinagar on Saturday.
Seventy-five per cent Kashmiri youths are not in favour of the gun culture and feel peaceful protest is the most effective way of achieving political aspirations, claims a perception survey by the Institute for Research on Indian and International Studies.
The survey, “Media Impact on the Kashmiri Youth”, was released at a one-day seminar chaired by Governor NN Vohra here today amidst a galaxy of journalists, intellectuals, students and members of the civil society.
The survey, having a sample of youth aged between 15 and 35 from six districts - Anantnag, Budgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kulgam and Srinagar - reveals lack of governance as the main concern.
As many as 33 per cent of around 1,500 youths have ranked corruption as the most important issue facing Kashmir at this juncture.
The second major concern is the violation of human rights, with 15 per cent of the respondents listing it in the survey.
In what may bring cheer to the Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave the Valley in the early 1990s, as many as 67 per cent of the respondents believe the Pandits “should” return to the Valley. Though, only 18 per cent of them have revealed that they have publicly supported their return by either taking part in a public rally, posting online, via a political party or Hurriyat. The report presented by Navnita Chadha Behera, honorary director, IRIIS, specifically mentions that among the 29 per cent respondents opposing the return of the Kashmiri Pandits, over 41 per cent are under 19 years of age, which meant they were born after the exodus of the KPs from the Valley and had little exposure to the secular traditions of Kashmir.
The survey further states that the current generation is different from the predecessors, as the present lot is more inward looking. They have fixed their political gaze on developments within Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 70 to 90 per cent youths like to watch or read news about Kashmir than anything else.
Their interest in happenings in neighbouring Pakistan is also waning. The perception about Pakistan of being a friend, philosopher and guide has diminished in the minds of today’s youth, as only 16 per cent listen to news about Pakistan. Only in Bandipora, the figure is high at 42 per cent.
The youth do not have an encouraging connect with India either. Not more than 26 per cent follow news on India from different sources.
A significant 54 per cent youth list “azadi” as the final political status of Kashmir. But their notions of “azadi” vary. Nearly 20 per cent say it means political rights, while 14 per cent say it is civic rights. For just 11 per cent, “azadi” means freedom from India, while a whopping 30 per cent say it implies partition of Kashmir.
Further, 10 per cent say it is about withdrawal of Army and eight per cent see it as sovereign Kashmir, including the PoK. For just 1 per cent, it means merger with Pakistan.
Also, television and radio are the most popular source of news and entertainment for the Kashmiri youth, the report adds. The state-run DD News/DD Kashir, All-India Radio and Radio Kashmir are watched by 74 per cent of the youth.
Local channels, many of which have been banned from telecasting news, are viewed by 49 per cent, while 43 per cent view western channels and 41 per cent watch Indian private channels.
Nearly 60 per cent Kashmiri youths read both English and Urdu local dailies, while only 17 per cent opt for national dailies.
The survey says Internet, especially Facebook, is fast gaining popularity, with as many 101 Facebook pages on Kashmir coming up in recent times.
there is a slew of three articles on the seminar in the Tribune, chandigarhhttp://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120212/j&k.htm#3