Whatever is the definition of this word, Unemployment is a curse in the long run. There is a large line of educated unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir. They have invested resources in their studies, however, the result is that they are unable to take their own responsibilities. For the basic needs, they are dependent on others. What is the advantage of education when it doesn’t provide livelihoods? Uneducated people earn and try their best to live their lives comfortably. But educated unemployed have nowhere to go. For them, roads seem closed.
In the past, there was no craze for employment. Agricultural land was in plenty. Cows, goats, hens, ducks, swans, etc., were the order of the day. Every household was almost self-sufficient. However, if need arose, barter system was prevalent. Life was simple. Needs were less. Satisfaction was the order of the day. A single person used to carry the burden of a large family. Gratitude was the hallmark of the society. But with changing times, everything has gone through a change. Needs have increased. Gratitude is uncommon in the society. In the past, people were selfless . However, they have become selfish. Self-sufficient approach has been replaced by market-dependent thinking. Once upon a time, people used to toil hard. They used to respect the mother Earth. But now, earth is a commodity. It needs to be overexploited as much as we can. Materialism has become the routine in the present age. Now to keep with the fast changing world, a youth falls behind. He doesn’t have resources to keep with the information boom world. A youth’s needs are multifaceted. He needs a hefty sum of money to keep going. Personal needs, family needs and the future needs force him to hate his life. He cannot imagine that education can leave him in a situation that is totally fatiguing.
What can a youth do in the present age? In my opinion, there is very less available to do. Government jobs are a mirage. If any, nepotism and corruption are waiting, with their mouths wide open. Private sector jobs are drying up owing to many causes. Global disturbances have choked the throats of the private sector. Self-employment is a rare case. There is not too much available to install one’s own business. Last but not least is that people shrug their shoulders when they hear about the private jobs and self-employment. Government has to come forward in reducing unemployment as much as they can. Youths are isolated from the society. They have become mentally frustrated. We have to salvage them. They need money and counseling. And it is money that will keep them going. Let us hope for the better tomorrow of our educated unemployed youth.
(Author is a freelancer. The views, opinions, facts, assumptions, presumptions and conclusions expressed in this article are those of the author but aren’t necessarily in accord with the views of “Kashmir Horizon”.)