Kashmiri youth all set to join Indian Army

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New recruits of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) training at an army base on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

New recruits of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) training at an army base on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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The JAKLI, which consists of volunteers from the state, has 50% Muslims, besides members of other ethnic groups. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The JAKLI, which consists of volunteers from the state, has 50% Muslims, besides members of other ethnic groups. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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The overwhelming response to such recruitment rallies means more and more youth in the Valley, which has seen decades of conflict, are accepting the army as a career option. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The overwhelming response to such recruitment rallies means more and more youth in the Valley, which has seen decades of conflict, are accepting the army as a career option. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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A three-day rally in March, 2015, saw 40,000 Kashmiri candidates turning up for 50-odd vacancies. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

A three-day rally in March, 2015, saw 40,000 Kashmiri candidates turning up for 50-odd vacancies. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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The JAKLI was raised as a local militia in response to Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir in 1947 and was converted into a full-fledged regiment in 1972. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The JAKLI was raised as a local militia in response to Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir in 1947 and was converted into a full-fledged regiment in 1972. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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Many believe the youths are looking up to the army as a window to a secure future and normal life. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Many believe the youths are looking up to the army as a window to a secure future and normal life. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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A new recruit’s relative kisses him after the passing out parade at an army base on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

A new recruit’s relative kisses him after the passing out parade at an army base on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

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