Terrorism in Kashmir

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Kashmir, as we call it, is a paradise on earth. It is undoubtedly a famous tourist destination of the country. However, now the scenario is different. The valley is not crowded by tourists, but by shootings, bombings and killings everyday. And now, it is the most famous terrorist destination of the country.

From a distance, it seems as a heaven on earth but is actually a living hell for the local people there. Their lives are shattered due to the daily firing, bombings, curfews, clashes and conflicts.

Kashmir must be restored to its glory and grandeur. The Political Parties must stop the selfish act of playing dirty politics on this sensitive issue of Kashmir. If peace and order is maintained, it will not take long enough to establish the valley as more tourist friendly than terrorist friendly.


Credits: Fatima Rehman, Grade 11, Delhi.

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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Today, Alcohol and Drug addiction is a very common problem faced by the youth in society. People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. People who experiment with drugs continue to use them because the substance either makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad. In many cases, however, there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few addicts are able to recognize when they have crossed that line.

 

Youth is the future of the country and they are the ones who are more prone to drug abuse. Today, children between 16-20 years of age are taking alcohol and drugs even when they are not legally allowed to consume these things. By consuming drugs children are not only spoiling their health but also their career, life and family is affected by this. There are many laws for prevention of drug abuse but no strictness is given on those laws. A 16 year old child is able to consume alcohol or drugs just because it is in their reach. If these things are kept out of their reach then how will they consume that?

 

The problem in India is that there are no sensitization programmes about drug abuse in schools or for children out of school. We do not have a substance abuse policy. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Children who at times done have access to high quality drugs will use volatile substances easily found in corner stores such as cough syrups, pain relief ointments, glue, paint, gasoline and cleaning fluids. There are very few to no health centers that deal with child substance abuse problems, especially in the rural areas. The use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition.

The use of certain drugs such as whitener, alcohol, tobacco, hard and soft drugs is especially wide spread among street children, working children and trafficked children.

 

At this age, it is very easy to get attracted towards drugs but once we get addicted to it, we loose our control and then we do not understand the difference between right or wrong and feel helpless. We know that we are spoiling our lives but we still keep on consuming it as we are addicted and when we don’t get our dose on time we start feeling uneasy and become restless and feel like there is no way out of this darkness. We know what we are doing is wrong and that’s why we don’t share it with elders or try to get help to get rid of it as we are fearful and scared that how will elders react to it.

Our one wrong step and one little attraction makes us do a number of mistakes in which we get trapped.


This article is written by Megha Chatuvedi, an 11th grader in Delhi, India. 🙂
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Acid Attack – A deadly burn

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The number of acid attacks on women are growing increasingly. This poses a great threat and should be dealt with utmost importance. Just a single drop of acid is enough to ruin someone’s life. The people around us judge and know us by our appearance. This act is very nasty. An acid attack does not only damage someone’s body and face, but it also takes away the liveliness and happiness of a person. It is indeed a deadly burn.

But what does the Indian government do about it? Not much, actually. The people who carry out this sinful and horrid act, are horribly fearless. Hence, there is a need for stricter and stronger laws. In India, the people do not fear the legal system at all as it is weak.
For starters, the Supreme Court of India bans illegal sale of acid. But who checks this? Does anyone actually care?
One can easily avail deadly acids. This is crazy. The authorities have very little control.
The people who carry out this act may get punished if the victim is lucky. But what about the life of the victim? What about her treatment? Her whole life is destroyed and it is very difficult to move on. The action is only taken after destruction. Measures of prevention are little.

Laws maybe there and policies may be formulated. But what India lacks at large is implementation.
Something must be done to stop this horrendous act.

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What is Terrorism?

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Terrorism means the destructive activities taken recourse to by a group of people to coerce a government to yield to their demands.Terrorism nowadays is mostly used as a lever to achieve a political aim. It is the biggest menace faced by the inter-national community today.
The aim is to create a chaos in a country with ulterior political motives. Indian late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and army general Baidya fell a prey to the extreme acts of terrorism. Hijacking of planes, blowing up of railways and bridges and bus full of passengers all are instances of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of innocent lives. The memories of the explosion of the Air India aircraft “Kanishka” in mid-air, the attack on Parliament of India, 9/11 attack and 26/11 attack still haunts the citizens of India.
Kidnapping, hijacking of planes, cross border terrorism, cyber terrorism are growing day-by-day. The terrorists use terror as a weapon to fulfill their demands. The effect of terrorism in all cases is killing of innocent people or a large-scale massacre of property.
Such unwanted killings and destruction cause irreparable damage to a country. Terrorism should be dealt with ruthlessly with undaunted courage and determination. A group of senseless people cannot be allowed to hold a country to ransom. Adherence to strictness only will bring back a stable political and economic environment.

This article is written by Megha Chatuvedi, an 11th grader in Delhi, India. 🙂
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