While many around the world and in India lament about not being able to listen to what regular Kashmiris think about the Centre abrogating Article 370, Republic TV, in the upcoming Sunday Debate has provided a platform to the real voices of Kashmir. Seven Kashmiri youth will debate 'Naya Kashmir' on the Sunday Debate to build the way ahead for the recently carved Union territories.
Speaking about why the debate is important, Touseef Raina said that it was the youth's responsibility to debate about this for the sake of future generations. He hoped future debates will be on technology and not violence.
"It is the responsibility of the youth to participate and debate these issues of Kashmir. This must be done so that future generations need not worry about them. They should debate about better issues like industries, technology and talk about progressing the world. We are talking about 'Naya Kashmir' which they should get," he said.
Voicing the dignity of Kashmir and its people, Asif Plaiser said that one must keep this in mind while addressing 'Naya Kashmir'. He hoped that more voices will be heard from the grounds of Kashmir, rather from TV studios.
Plaiser said, "We must also keep in mind the dignity of Kashmir and the people of Kashmir, as well as Jammu and Ladakh, are well-maintained." He added, "Since abrogation, the voice of Kashmir has not been heard. Hence, its voice should be heard from the ground, not the TV studios. While we don't represent the entire state, we tried to live to their expectations speaking about 'Naya Kashmir'."
Meanwhile, slamming the detention of young children in the Valley, Ifra Jan said, "I am saying (there is) right to fair trial under Article 14 of the Constitution, right against preventive detention. Do not pick our kids at 1 AM at night and put them in jail. That creates paranoia among people. This feeds separatism." Another guest added, "It was great to hear the untold voices of Kashmir, which were ignored for the last 70 years. We were in support of 'Naya Kashmir' but from the people."
Explaining the two sides of the debate, Sajid Yousuf said that one side highlighted the issues, while the other presented the solutions. Slamming the Anantnag attack, he said Naya Kashmir should be one of peace and not violence. Talking against the political clans ruling the Valley, he said it was time to voice the people's opinion.
"In the debate, we had two sides. One side had problems and our side had solutions. We have seen violence till date in Kashmir. Talking about 'Naya Kashmir', in the coming days after the Abrogation of Article 370, we wish to see a peaceful Kashmir. We are aggrieved by today's attack in Anantnag. We wish to see a stop to this violence. We wish to talk about development, poor and not violence. Till date, those two ruling families and their workers gained favours. We wish to talk about people of all classes in our society," said Yousuf.