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NC calls upon youth to combat intolerance

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National Conference today called upon the youth to play a crucial role in combating growing tendencies of intolerance and hate in the country and the state, through healthy debates and discussions.

“The nation and the state are passing through a most difficult phase and it is time for youth to ponder where we have actually gone wrong,” NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana said during an interactive session organised by NC Students Union (NCSU) at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.

“Fringe elements can’t hold the society to ransom and tear apart our time-tested unity. The environment of drift won’t take us anywhere, as it is suicidal for harmonious growth of the society. We have to resist the forces, which, instead of strengthening bonds, are perpetrating the situation, leading to trust deficit between variant segments of people,” he said.

Referring to attempts being made to generate animosity between people, Rana said “it is time for youth to ponder where we have actually gone wrong” and exhorted them to play their crucial role in combating growing intolerance and hate in the state and the country.

Making a strong plea to youth to help steer the state from the morass, Rana said National Conference Student Union could be a viable platform to disseminate the message of unity.

“This objective can be realised by setting in motion a healthy discourse by holding debates, discussions and seminars,” he said while emphasising the need for keeping young minds away from power politics. .