Maj Gen Das urges Kashmiri youth to join mainstream

A pass out recruit being hugged by his mother. —Excelsior/Shakeel
A pass out recruit being hugged by his mother. —Excelsior/Shakeel

259 soldiers pass out from JKLI Centre

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Dec 8: Major General MK Das, General Officer Commanding 9 Infantry Division and Colonel of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) regiment today urged the Kashmiri youth to join the mainstream and start a new life.
Major General Das said this when asked about the message to the youth who pelt stones or join militancy in Kashmir on the sidelines of passing out parade held here in Srinagar. “I am not fully aware about the situation here but one thing I want to say that the youth should join mainstream or other avenues and start a new life”, he said.

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When asked that on one hand youth are joining militancy and on the other some are joining Army, the GOC said that youth should join Army for wonderful and better career. “This regiment is an example for the J&K as the youth from here are being recruited in this regiment. This is a wonderful career and nothing can be better than this career. Our aim is that the soldiers should become responsible citizens and serve the country”, he added.
The GOC Infantry Division said: “Today was the attestation and Passing out Parade of the 116 recruit course. This was a wonderful Parade presented by the recruits and its standard was not less than any parade throughout the country. The best thing was that the 259 recruits who were made soldiers of the JAKLI regiment today, their family members were present to congratulate them.”
Earlier, the JKLI Regimental Centre, showcased its latest batch of 259 passing out young soldiers from the Jammu and Kashmir. On having completed one year of strenuous training, they were attested today at a glittering parade at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAKLI Regimental Centre.
The Passing Out Parade was reviewed by Major General MK Das and was attended by over 1000 parents and relatives of young soldiers from the State besides number of civil and military dignitaries.
The dauntless young soldiers of the Regiment hailing from all regions and religions of the State marching in precise unison with a singular aim of devoting their lives in service of their nation, singing their Regimental song ‘Balidanam Veer Lakshnam’, inspired one and all as their voice echoed in the Kashmir valley. Their salute to the tri-Colour with national anthem playing inspired patriotic ardour in all present.
The General Officer congratulated the young soldiers for their immaculate parade and impressed upon selfless service towards the Nation. He praised their contribution towards encouraging more and more youth from J&K to come forward to join the security forces and also highlighted the vital role played by their parents in motivating their wards to join this noble profession.
The young soldiers, who distinguished themselves in varied facets of training, were also felicitated by General MK Das.  Recruit Yudhvir Singh received the Sher-e-Kashmir Sword of Honour and Triveni Singh Medal for being adjudged ‘Over all Best Recruit’ and Recruit Waseem Ahmad Naik bagged the Chewang Rinchen Medal for being ‘Best in Firing’.
In the end, parents and relatives pipped the soldiers ready to join their battalions and to tread the immortal path of glory, living up to the best traditions of the Army. As a mark of respect, gratitude and recognition of contribution made by the parents of these young soldiers, they were also presented with the Gaurav Padaks instituted by the Army.