Today around 100 students from Ladakh gathered under the banner of All Ladakh Student Association Jammu (ALSAJ) in front of Directorate of Tribal Affair in Jammu.
Protesting against the long pending and indecorous distribution of post metric scholarship the students raised slogans. The students pursuing courses in different schools, colleges and university including the private institutions joined the protest with great zeal. The students claimed that many of them haven’t received scholarship from 2010 to till date. The agitated students said that the STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS are running after this issues form long time but the above (administrative) level are not taking the issue seriously.
Despite of a prolong protest by the students in front of the office, the concerned authorities did not pay attention towards the grievances of the protesters, lastly students entered into the office and protested against them.
Finally, the concerned authorities ensured the students in a written form that all the pending scholarships will be cleared by the end of May.
500 Kargili travelers protested for consistent cancelling of airbus from Jammu to Kargil.
The travelers hailing from Kargil district made a protest at Kargil House, in Jammu today Morning. It’s said that the airbus is consistently cancelling since last two weeks. More than 500 passengers are stuck in Jammu.
The road way to Kargil remains block for five months every year due to heavy snowfall. Few days before the administration tried to clean the snow but due to falling of snow it block again. Beware that two Kargili youths were also lost their life before some days at Zojila road.
The Kargilities are demanding for Zojila tunnel since a long time. But the central administration is not putting ear on their rational demand.
Just after the nomination of Mr. Raza for contesting MP election, IKMT embarked campaigns. Now a day Mr. Raza is in Leh for campaigning, along with renowned journalist Mr. Sajjad Hussain. He is expecting to win the election, because of IKMT support. IKMT had gained 26000 votes without the support of any other, in 2009 Lok Sabha election.
Remember that District Congress Committee (DCC) former President Mr. Raza had resigned from congress just for the welfare of society. While announcing the candidates for MP mandate Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi neglected Kargil in both previous (2009) and current elections.
Neglecting all the suggestions for coalition MP, Islamiyah School Kargil (ISK) nominated Syed Kazim Sabiri to contest the upcoming MP election.
After a long wait for the decision of IKMT, ISK broke the patience and declared the nomination. Now the whole region is keen to know the IKMT response. A high official of IKMT told to our reporter that they were waited for ISK’s decision so that they can take decision accordingly. “We are waiting for the decision of other (ISK) side; we will not appoint candidate if they choose the right person. Otherwise we will choose our own candidate.” The official said without revealing his name.
Beware that the students from Chandigarh and Delhi and many other well-wishers requested many times and wrote letters to both the schools for nominating a joint candidate. Now it seems that their surreal is dumped with their letters.
Emphasizing on the integration of both the religious schools, Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) and Islamiyah School Kargil (ISK), All Kargil (Ladakh) Students Union Delhi has written a letter to the chairman of both the organisations. In the letter they had requested the organisations to join hands for a better Ladakh; and to elect a young and tactful leader.
Whole Ladakh is waiting for the decision of both the organisations. It’s considered by analyzers that the decision can change the whole scenario of Ladakh politics.
This is the first time that the youths are taking part in decision making. Remember that the students from Chandigarh had also forwarded a letter, before; emphasizing on choosing a young and energetic candidate for MP.
Recently I conducted a media survey on “Educational migration of Ladakhi youths (opportunities and challenges)”. Leaving behind all the other alternatives I enthusiastically choose this topic. The things that I missed during my five year of migrated life pushed me to choose the above topic. Mothers love, papas’ wisdom, brother’s jokes, homemade foods, all I missed despite of the hectic schedule.
During the survey I came to know many issues regarding these migrated students. Including both the districts Leh and Kargil there are about 9500 students studying outside Ladakh. There are many challenges facing the students which I think necessary to share because this is the time for migrating fresh students. Hope that it will be of your interest.
The first problem facing just after the migration is carrier counselling. Most of the students are pessimistic about their carrier. They are shifting from one stream to another after pursuing 1-2 years in another stream; just because of the lack of counselling. Language is the second foremost problem after settling the admission issue. In cities like Kashmir the Lecturers are using Kashmiri in their class lectures, while in Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun etc. they are using English or tipical Hindi for which the students are not habitual. Some of the students are not smart enough to find their class venues in the beginning few days.
Another major issue is financial problem. The income from rural areas of Ladakh is not enough to spend in metro cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai. In the survey I found that only 10% of the students are receiving scholarship from any source, whereas as per my estimate ₹ 4.75 crore are transferring from Ladakh every month for these migrants. Here I want to share a real case of a student without revealing his name. While leaving home Mr. A decided to pursue BA in pol. Science but after reaching in Delhi he changed his mind for BA in Persian, just because of financial problem. Pursuing Pol science in Delhi University or Jamia Millia Islamia University is unaffordable for him that’s the reason for shifting to BA Persian, which is offering in JNU at a very nominal fee.
Accommodation problem is another important issue. In most of the universities the students are not familiar for the north-Indian spicy foods. Only in Srinagar the hostel facility is providing by the administration. In every annual function the student authorities are presenting the hostel demand in front of the MPs and MLAs but the surreal lies on paper only.
It seems that now female students are doing well in educational fields. But to carry it to apex level they are hesitating because of many reasons. The insecurity of harassment and fear of polluting the ideology has averted most of the students who were passionate for further studies. Due to the cases of sexual harassments facing in cities like Delhi, the parents are very scared to pull forward their beloved ones.
After having this much of problems and departing them from the parents love; how we can expect a good result from these students. And returning from studying in different regions can polarize our future society. Every Ladakhi has to consider that these students are our future and their problems are future problem.
Keeping all these issues in consideration and after analyzing all the views of the contributors in my survey, in a nutshell we can say that the only panacea is a separate university campus for Ladakh. It will fill most of the loopholes like Language problem, financial problem, accommodation problem, female migration etc. We can save ₹ 4.75 crore per month as well. During the protest of New Ladakh Movement (NLM) for “Ladakh connectivity service” at India Gate a media person suggested a Ladakhi student to demand for a University campus. “Most of the Ladakhi students are migrating to Jammu, Delhi and Dehradun so you have to demand for a University campus.” The media person said. Here I want to make a point that the media person who doesn’t have any link with Ladakh can understand the major problems but our politicians are not able to see what are our needs? This election time is the best mean to solve these problems. All the conscious minds should come together and use their votes for the better Ladakh.
By Anwar Ali Tsarpa
(The writer is a journalism student at Indian Institute of Mass Communication)
“Sustain and success of Islam in the 21st century is because of the contribution of two pious women, Lady Zehra (s.a) and Lady Zainab (s.a)”, Maulana Feroz Rabbani said in his speech on the eve of observing the martyrdom anniversary of Sayeda Zehra (s.a).
The students of Jamia Ahlulbait Public School organised a program to pay homage to the sole of Prophet Mohammad’s beloved daughter, Lady Fatima Zehra (s.a). On this occasion, renowned cleric, Maulana Feroz Rabbani delivered a Majlis. While emphasising on the gender equality and female education he condemned the statements given against Islam. He said, “Some antagonists are criticizing that Islamic law has no clause for “status of women” which is not true. By giving a daughter to his most nearest creation, Muhammad (saww), who will continue his lineage, God proved the status of women in Islam.”
“But unfortunately the same lady was oppressed by the oppressors. She was not allowed to weep in the sorrow of her father; even the tree under which she used to weep was chopped down by the tyrants” Rabbani added.
All the students from Jamia Ahlulbait Public School who attended the majlis said that they were greatly moved by the character of Lady Fatima Zehra (s.a.). Remember that most of the students in Jamia Ahlulbait Public School are Kargilities. The students are benefiting from both the religious and contemporary studies.