ver since the late 80s of the last century when the situation in Kashmir went from bad to worse and violence entered the valley, the educated youth have left for blue collared jobs for Gulf, Europe and USA. Besides, many prominent Kashmir families dealing with handicrafts already had established businesses in these economic hub spots.
In the last decade or so thousands more have left valley for greener pastures and unlike the ones who left in late 80s, this generation had their degrees and temperament for white collar jobs. Besides, many who started from a scratch went to establish good businesses in Gulf, USA and Canada.
A few years back non-resident Kashmiris organized Kashmir Super League in Dubai. According to a rough estimate the cost of the cricket tournament was about 30-35 crore Indian rupees. Just imagine the organizers airlifted a good 60 people from Kashmir, paid for their travelling visa, their air travel and their accommodation in one of the world’s costliest city. Besides, hiring the upscale stadium for a good fortnight is not a mean feat by any standards and it shows the economic prosperity Kashmiris exhibit in Dubai, Sharjah and the entire gulf region.
The question is when this prosperity would change the destiny of Kashmir. At one point would the non-resident Kashmiris be egged on to start investing in Kashmir and employ the local population? The case in point is that of Non-resident Chinese changing the destiny of China’s economy. We have a good capital both in form of monetary and skilled resources out there in the greener pastures of Gulf, Europe and USA.
The need of the hour is to woo them to start investing in Kashmir. Or at least they can fund the fresh management pass-outs for their startup ideas. Besides, there are many youth with fascinating Startup ideas. The non-resident Kashmiris need to liberally fund these youth to change the economic landscape of our valley.