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Shah Faisal, ideal for youth of J&K

"Here is a picture", and a picture of smiling Shah Faisal, this year's topper of the civil services, appears on the screen and a question follows: " do you know who he is." Amir Tantray reports.

india Updated: May 12, 2010 21:02 IST
Amir Tantray

"Here is a picture", and a picture of smiling Shah Faisal, this year's topper of the civil services, appears on the screen and a question follows: " do you know who he is."



The questioner is SSP Ramban Mubbasir Latifi. He has posed this question to an audience of a higher secondary school here.



Even before the question is over, there is a collective roar: "Shah Faisal".



It is a boy next door for them. The students have watched him on TV screens, cable network, seen him shaking hands with Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.



"Faisal was an ordinary boy who achieved something extraordinary," Latifi explains. He says that for him this iconic figure of today's youth in Kashmir, who wanted to work hard and scale heights, has come at a right time.



The police that has launched its own campaign through motivation, showing youth, especially from Higher Secondary schools, in this district where once militancy was the byword for the places like Gool, Banihal, Mahu Mangat.



"Our idea is to tell the youth that the world is wide and there are a plenty of opportunities, and India is full of avenues and if Shah Faisal from Sogam, Lolab, Kupwara can do it, they too can."



The students too identify themselves with the sprit of hardwork and greener pastures that come with the excellence of pen and keyboard and knowledge.



Mubbasir Latifi claims that the district is free of militancy. "There are not more than 15 militants, and none of them is a Pakistani".



It is because of the combined effort of the security agencies, motivation of the local elders that is at work. "When we interact with the people, we are seeking the change of mindset and also to keep them away from bad ideas; militancy and drugs."



Shah Faisal, who has emerged as iconic figure in the Valley, is also becoming a household on this side of Jawahar Tunnel.



"For us, he is a brand ambassador of achievement and peace, and his achievement is helping us all in encouraging the youth to get motivated to do something big in the positive sphere of life," SSP Ramban says.