JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Perceptions of Kashmiri Youth: Security Implications

Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) is a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • April 2012
    Volume: 
    6
    Issue: 
    2
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    The year 2011 was characterized by relative peace in the Kashmir Valley, especially when compared with the previous three years. A study undertaken on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs provides empirical indicators of the mood of the youth in six districts of the Valley. The study substantiates certain existing assessments based on environmental realities; however, it also raises other issues which come as a surprise to most. This article analyses five of these factors from a security perspective, based on the details that have emerged and other independent assessments. These are dovetailed to create a possible scenario which, along with the assessments, becomes the basis of policy recommendations. This is aimed at reinforcing previous successes and arresting disturbing trends in the state.

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