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Indian paramilitaries occupy educational institutes in Kashmir

Shahana Butt

Press TV, Kashmir

This is one of the most famous and oldest colleges of Kashmir; Sri Pratap College is located at the heart of Srinagar’s lal chowk.

One can easily notice a security bunker being erected just outside its main entrance. This development took place immediately after New Delhi abrogated Kashmir’s special status in August.

Our camera team was not allowed to go inside the college because it is serving as a temporary security camp for the Indian paramilitaries. However, this college is not the only exception. There are scores of educational institutions that have been converted into temporary military camps. Educationists say these kinds of abnormal situations are not good for any society.

Although New Delhi tried its best to restore normalcy by opening schools, but the children never appear. So far no steps have been taken by the government to open colleges and universities in fear of demonstrations against New Delhi’s decision.

October is the time for annual session closure of schools and colleges. Often examinations’ are held during this time and students are promoted to next level. However this year most of the students are stuck whether examinations are going to be held or not and many more are in a dilemma whether they will be able to appear and compete in the global competitive examinations. Aiman is one of them.

Many more like Aiman are already queuing outside educational consultancies for assistance; seeking admissions in different colleges and universities away from the troubled valley.

Indian administered Kashmir is witnessing the worst ever security crackdown and communications blackout since New Delhi unilaterally abrogated Kashmir’s special status.

With least hopes from world community to persuade New Delhi to restore life and normalcy; people of Kashmir are rendered hopeless. However they are adamant to continue their resilience in order to safeguard their identity. 



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