‘Education is integral to resistance’
Srinagar: Congratulating the JKBOSE class 10th passouts, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said “my earnest praise to our resilient youth and their families for successfully qualifying the matriculation examinations”.
In a statement, Hurriyat chairman said: “The entire society and I are proud of their achievement despite everyday violence. The success of our youth becomes extraordinary amidst killings, crackdown and torture. Their (students) hard work, dedication and diligence have proved that Kashmir’s future is progressing towards an undeniable destiny of freedom.”
The pro-freedom leader further said that their success has further reinforced the narrative of resistance that “education and freedom struggle are intertwined”.
“I take this opportunity to reflect, and to remind our youth on certain critical challenges that Kashmir and our people are facing for the last seven decades, and more so in last several years,” Geelani said. “The on-going oppression of the is more than just physical, psychological or spiritual, and New Delhi continues its onslaught on our society at all levels of our appeal to reason and emotions. It is thus not surprising that education itself has become a site of both oppression and resistance in our struggle for freedom. Our students, educational institutions and centers of critical learning are facing an aggressive assault, which not only seeks to tame us as a community but also aims to produce docile and subservient citizens for the Indian state.”
The statement added: “Injustice thrives on ignorance. Resistance and fight for justice, on the other hand, flourishes purely through education and critical learning of the political and social awareness and for that Islam remains at the core of our struggle and philosophy.”
Education ensures that an individual becomes self-aware, “which is crucial for him to break the shackles of slavery and subservience,” Geelani said. “This is true of our pious and rightful struggle as well. Our educated and conscious young people are taking up the cause of resistance. Kashmir’s struggle for its freedom has thrived only through the sacrifices of brilliant men and women who have for decades espoused, fought and martyred for this just cause. Resistance will only endure if the struggle against suppression brings empathy, compassion and emotional labour among those who are striving or facing oppression; regardless of one’s religion, gender, class or geography. This realisation of mutual empathy and appreciation of the struggles is, however, not possible without critical learning and reasoning, which can only be attained through education.”
The statement further said that Hurriyat chairman stated that our resistance movement is also inseparable from the discussions about understanding the community’s ideals, “building on those principles and their realisation in action. As such, our youth must always remember that education is integral to our resistance”.