On the occasion of Independence Day, Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon gave an inspiring message to the youth. While speaking at an Army school in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar he encouraged children to be aspirational and endeavour to achieve it.
Speaking at Army Public School in Srinagar, he told the students, "Nation will grow as you will become Sachin Tendulkar and Kalpana Chawla. The sky is the limit for you."
On August 8, during an interview with Republic TV, he had spoken about the 'bright future' of Kashmiri youth.
"Kashmiri community is a very intelligent community - artists, poets, artisans, music lovers - a community that is enlightened. A good community to interact with. Kashmiri youth are very intelligent in our Super 30 initiative. More than 10,000 children, I interact with everyone. They are much more intelligent than any other average student of their age anywhere else. Having said this, they have a great future in academics, performing arts, sports, intellectual aspects etc. This youth needs to be given good direction and encouragment and opportunities," he said.
"Our army schools had 100% attendance in these last few days... But something that worries me is drugs coming in the valley. Youth is affected by drugs, radicalisation, false propaganda. As per the data which is available to us, not a single army school child has joined any terrorist group in the past. So what does it say? Good parenting, Good education, Good motivation with no drugs, no weapons... the sky is the limit for Kashmiri youth," he added.
For those unaware, in July, people in the valley, more than 5366 Kashmiri youths participated in the army recruitment rally in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. Jagdeep Dahiya, DDG at the recruiting Headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir said, "Recruitment drive is being conducted here in Patan, under the aegis of Srinagar. This time we have got an overwhelming response and we are conducting the rally for recruitment in 4 categories - We will divide the participant in groups of 1000 in five days and rank them before the others selection procedures. Selection in Indian Army is only on the basis of merit."