IIOJK research scholar turns into professional carpenter



In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, due to unemployment a research scholar has mastered the art of carpentry to earn his livelihood.

The educated youth in Kashmir valley, under Indian military and police siege after abrogation of Article 370 and 35A are facing insecurity and injus-tice and are finding it hard to earn their livelihood.

Zahoor Ahmad War of Handwara has completed his M.Phil degree with 82 percent marks from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore, India, in the year 2020.

He joined his uncle (who is a renowned carpen-ter) to learn the art of carpentry. With the passage of time I learned the art and started to earn money,” Zahoor told media men.

I thought about continuing my studies and going for a Ph.D. but the circumstances at home did not allow me. After coming back home, I took the car-pentry art by heart,” War said.

Zahoor, who is presently at work in Srinagar, said that he earns Rs 1000 on daily basis. “The cus-tomers after knowing about my qualification really appreciate me. They even give me more money as compared to others,” said the research scholar.

Zahoor is presently staying with his uncle in Soura, Srinagar. His art ranges from paneling to wardrobe making to roof making.

“I believe no work is less important in society. Had I not decided to learn this art, I would have been sitting at home doing nothing like most of the youth,” he said.

“The educated unemployed youth should not wait for government employment; instead they must take the initiative of

Pertinently, the journalists and educated youth are now doing their own small family business due to the worst situation of the territory.—KMS