With access to global data and news on one tap of your finger, we have all come across the fact there was and still is a deadly virus going around in the world, Preying on our health, wellness as well as our pockets and we all know that the current situation is worrisome due the Covid-19 pandemic, We have witnessed how It’s brought the biggest countries in the world to their feet, The countries which had the best health care and patient care system were helpless and devastated and after many failed attempts we are now somehow gathering our courage and trying our best to get over the destruction it caused, first one top superpower country to other and then the other world countries, It has it’s affects on everything, But for us, People of the Industrial sector, it has gotten things even worse, we are crumbling within and no one is even noticing that because right now our priorities lie somewhere where there is more vulnerability, Our health has been our main concern for a long time now, But we cannot be blinded to the fact that Our financial matters are getting worse every passing day, as a third world country We have suffered a lot already because of this pandemic and for quite some time even now we don’t have the apt measures to deal with the devastation and destruction it has caused our industrial sector, Especially to the businesses which had just started to bloom like those early morning glory flowers, We are no aliens to the situation in kashmir for past few decades, it’s always been on and off and then suddenly we were put in a lockdown because of this pandemic which worsened our business environment even more. Huge superpower countries and their Business sector suffered unmeasurable losses Whilst here in India we have already been suffering from a while due to various reasons And everything going on over here has already made the industrialists and young entrepreneurs over here suffer losses which are beyond redemption And due to this recent situation many budding units went bankrupt, Business that were invested in by people in hopes to make their dreams become a reality are now forlorn dreams. Many of the young entrepreneurs who were thinking of starting up their ideas and make their lives better have completely dropped the idea of entrepreneurship. The current situation is not only worrisome in terms of health issues but also in terms of business losses Here in Kashmir We have already gone through a lot of timely losses due to uncertainties and unfortunate lockdowns, Shut downs, And conflicting political situations and now due to the covid-19 pandemic we had to shut down our units for our very own safety as well as the safety of our employees which put the last nail in coffin and ruined everything we had worked for, Decreased our development by almost 10-15 years and the efforts that were made to make our private industrial sector and business units grow and developed were all in vain, but this is high time to talk about the situation of industrialists as well as the small business owners, this pandemic has effected every single business person ranging from the street vendor to the bog shark industrialists of the country. Though this is a disaster nature put us through, it’s an endlessly fearsome thing for young entrepreneurs like myself and the ones i know who are struggling with payments of bank loans, Debts to various people and companies and it’s threatening the spirit of entrepreneurship here, It’s not a hidden fact that not many people here in India would go after businesses and leave the notion of getting government jobs, Everyone knows that our parents as well as most of our youth due the prevailing circumstances over here is conditioned to think in a way where govt jobs feel like the most secure option, Yet this notion was shifting it’s way and changing for better, but first the situations arising here broke the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth and now this Covid-19 seemed to be on a mission to get it completely erased from the mind and hearts of our youth, which is what is more worrying than the fact that the disease kills, With growing pressure from the banks and other creditors have made it difficult for the debtor to survive their businesses. Covid-19 is not only dangerous to ones body but also to the will and spirit of youth to do something better and change lives, It is deadly to creativity as well as to the faith in oneself to become a life changing entrepreneur.
In terms of business and industrial development, It’s always been hard for the small businesses to survive when there were big sharks hunting them down and get them to merge and give up their ideas, it has taken us a decade to get to a point where our youth is finally starting to develop a notion of entrepreneurship as a way of being successful and happy in life, But with the given conditions, our ideology is going backwards to the era where our youth would look for safe options than have a will and take risk to do something big, This pandemic has proven to be deadlier than many of the deadliest diseases we have ever come across, Being locked up in house gave us enough time to think and then go in a process of overthinking things and make the conclusions that aren’t very healthy for a risk taking young mind to turn an idea into a big business opportunity, For me in person coronavirus is more than a disease, It is an enemy that is compelling me to re-think my place and my source of income, It is making me have second guesses about why in the world did i even think of choosing to do a business whilst i knew the worst case scenario over here in kashmir, with growing rates and increase in the prices of raw material and all the other items that are used by industrialists and consumed by the consumer it almost seems like we would never be able to cope up with the market demands and supply. i am sure many of the young entrepreneurs like me are going through the same situations and thinking the same things, it’s like we are regretting the choice we made about our careers and now we think of ourselves as helpless people who took a risk to change their lives where as nature opposed them, Such are the times where young minds like me go into the deep overthinking process and end up being hopeless and lose their will to do something different, something big, and something better, and these are exactly the times where we should come forward address the issue and encourage the youth that you are not alone, That we are going through the same things, we are suffering same losses and we are being targeted in terms of health, economy, finance and what not by this Covid-19 pandemic. so, it’s a high time that we keep our spirits higher than ever, And keep our will stronger than ever, and keep going, keep supporting each other through this calamity. In these testing times i would like to address my youth through this piece of writing, I would like to let them know that their spirit and will of changing lives is far stronger and mightier than the disease that’s was out there killing people, Killing dreams and killing the opportunities to make our’s and other young people’s lives better than what they are and change the situations with new innovative ideas. I would like to point out that our faith and our will matters and that is what will get us through these testing times if only we hold on tight to the rope of hope and will. We may be suffering immeasurable losses which might put us in debt for a long time we may think that we might never recover these losses and never be able to grow our businesses as we had dreamt for them but I am hoping that these big sharks and the companies we deal with, will make better policies for us to get out of this financial disaster that came, This threat that we are facing, in terms of health and wellness as well as in terms of finances, We can only overcome it if we help each other out through it, Be each others cornerstones and get this industrial sector blossom back to it’s glory. And let our budding businesses have an environment where they could bloom beautifully into amazingly successful industries and let us restore our dreams and the will to turn those dreams into a reality just as we had been planning and dreaming about it for all this time.
(The author a young entrepreneur is Owner of Himaliyan peaks wood industries . Views are his own)