Youth are vital agents for positive societal change. This paper explores how this could be done in Kashmir, with recommendations on ways to engage youth with political and socio-economic processes.
Youth are vital agents for positive societal change. But in Kashmir the ability of young people to engage in socio-political transformation is hindered by the lack of safe space and continued political insecurity. The use of non-violent means to voice their aspirations has failed to make an impact, resulting in widespread disillusionment.
This paper highlights the role of civil society, education institutions, and policy makers to create and promote spaces for youth to engage constructively with political and socio- economic processes. They also provide suggestions on how to open up space for youth to engage in dialogue and work on their vision for a peaceful, inclusive and prosperous future.