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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 4(6), pp. 231235, July, 2016. 

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2016.045

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper


What Drives Kashmir’s Youth to Join Militancy


Arif  Hussain Malik


Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Kashmir. Email: malikarifku@gmail.com


Accepted 4 July 2016



Kashmir 2016 is distinctly different, when the gun first surfaced in the valley. A new breed of militants is rising in Kashmir-young, educated, tech-savvy. The new generation has left all the comforts and chosen the path of violence. The ground reality in Kashmir is changing slowly but surely and it can be gauged even from plain statistics. If in 2013, thirty ones local youths join militancy, the number for 2015 jumped to 66, according to police records. The locals outnumbering what the security establishment refers to as ‘foreign terrorists’. The youth of Kashmir are feeling frustrated, finding opportunities closing upon them. They find “Burhan” a new age militant, to be more of a role model than anybody else in the state. This is highly a disturbing trend and unfortunately for the last one or two years this has been picking up. All this makes for a complex situation and the state is clearly steering at a gloomy picture. In this paper, an effort would be made of to stretch the issues which pushed educated youth to knock the door of militants by coming into the forefront again? Towards this; the article is divided into two parts. In the first portion, the author has disseminate the various issues that pushed youth to join the militant ranks and subsequently in the latter part effort was made outby intending policy action .

Key Words: Kashmir, Conflict, Youth, Educated, Radicalisation , Militancy


Cite This Article As: Malik AH (2016). What Drives Kashmir’s Youth to Join Militancy. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 4(6): 231-235






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