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Two Wani:  Hailing from the same valley, a militant Burhan and a BSF recruit 

Amid all that depressing situation in the Kashmir valley due to the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani by the security forces, who for some vulnerable youth might be a hero for supporting terrorism in the name of “aazadi”, there is another wani who hails from the same valley but becomes a protector of the nation. Nabeel Ahmad Wani,  26-years-0ld recently topped BSF recruitment exam and is all set join the largest guarding force as an assistant commandant.

Nabeel’s success and his commitment to his country shuns the common perception that almost every youth of the Valley aspires to become a terrorist or harbors hatred for his motherland, India. Nabeel’s surname might be common with a terrorist, but his joining the BSF shows that not all is lost in the disturbed state. There is still hope as people like Nabeel will inspire the misled Kashmiri youth to identify, what is wrong and what is right!

On Sunday, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on meeting Nabeel in New Delhi expressed his immense gratitude towards this boy, “The success story of Nabeel Wani shows that J&K youth have a lot of potential. His success will inspire many young boys & girls in J&K.” After the meeting Singh tweeted: “Happy to meet Nabeel Ahmad Wani, a young man from Udhampur in J&K, who topped the BSF entrance exams this year.”

Nabeel, who has done his Btech from Pathankot in Punjab, is currently serving as a contractual junior engineer in Udhampur. He told TV channels that unemployment was the biggest problem in J&K and only education could solve it.

He further added, “The more educated we are, the better jobs we will get. We cannot get education by taking up stones but by holding a pen.”

Nabeel, who came to know about his result on September 7, has urged the Kashmiri youth to take up the right path. He said that he wanted to serve the nation and fight terrorism.

He said, “I had made it my aim to join the security forces. I appeared in various exams, including for the armed forces and BSF. I am happy I topped the BSF assistant commandant exam. I belong to a village. My mother and father supported me.”

Needless of what the Geelanis, Umar Farooqs or other such Pakistani separatists might continue to say, it’s extremely difficult to imagine a bright future for Jammu & Kashmir outside the Indian Union. However, these separatists have always kept their own children away from disturbance and turmoil, far-far away from the Valley while on the other hand they have made it a practice to instigate the common Kashmiri youth to pelt stones at the Indian armed forces.

But as long as youth like Nabeel Ahmad Wani exist, no outside force can be strong enough to separate Kashmir from India. There’s no future in picking up a gun like Burhan Wani and dying a needless death at a tender age. True heroism lies in doing something meaningful and worthwhile for your people and community. Education in the key for the youth of Kashmir, as in the bright light of education all darkness disappears permanently.

 

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