Mirwaiz urges youth to show interest in traditional businesses

Mirwaiz urges youth to show interest in traditional businesses
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SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday urged youth to find ways and means of establishing business wherein they can sustain their livelihood in an honest manner as prescribed by Islam.
According to a statement issued here, Mirwaiz while inaugurating a business venture in Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar emphasised that in any business venture, hard work is critical for its success.
“Similarly, the respect for dignity of labour is a basic requirement for any nation to progress,” he said.
Addressing youth present on the occasion, Mirwaiz said apart from carpet and shawl industry, Kashmir has been known for its other traditional handicrafts such as namdahkari, copper and silver paper machie but all these seem to be losing their relevance with each passing day as today’s youth seem not to be inclined towards these ventures.
He said Kashmir is fast loosing these traditional means of business which is a great cause of worry and concern.
“As unemployment has touched new heights, it is unfortunate that while lakhs of non-state residents are earning their livelihood in Kashmir due to dearth of skilled labour, why can’t the Kashmiri youth do the same and sustain their livelihood,” Mirwaiz said and urged youth to show interest in reviving the Kashmir’s age-old traditional business activities.
The youth can really excel and innovate if they take traditional business as means of livelihood, he said.
Mirwaiz also laid emphasis on growing social evils saying the incidents of suicides by young girls and boys has shown a sudden spurt. He termed it unfortunate that many incidents of new born babies are being abandoned. This tells us about the state of affairs in our society which is quite alarming, he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the amalgam condemned the nocturnal raids in Pulwama’s Kakapora, Samboora and Hajin area of Bandipora and arrest of many youth, terming it as the highhandedness of forces and a move aimed at instilling fear among people.
He also condemned forces’ action of vandalising public property during night raids. “The harassment of youth across Kashmir is a well-planned strategy to force people into submission, but all the repressive measures are destined to fail,” he said.