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Youth Parliament ’16 : JCM

Suruchi Narang |  Staff  Writer

A lazy Sunday morning was successfully converted into an explosive Joint Cabinet Meeting between India and Pakistan at the latest edition of the Youth Parliament. The anticipation and excitement was palpable in AB5 201, as the delegates waited with bated breath for the meeting to begin. The event, organised by Leaders of Tomorrow, aimed to make the participants understand how every small decision made at the Centre effects every citizen at a personal level. “We wanted to ensure that the youth is powered by knowledge and facts, not fear, when they form opinions on what’s going on in the country” stated Divya Mishra, the President of Leaders of Tomorrow.

The recent upsetting occurrences of insurgence in Kashmir were the topic of discussion. The aim of the Cabinet was to draft a peace treaty and reach bilateral negotiations. The committee meeting started with the executive board explaining the basic rules of parliamentary procedure. While, in the beginning, the delegates’ response was fairly lethargic, after an intervention by the Board, the Cabinet picked up pace and came to life, buzzing with delegates firing allegations back and forth.

While the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir brought up the heated topic of Burhaan Wani, the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir pointed out how unresponsive the Indian delegates were to the accusations against them, and tried to provoke them.  Meanwhile, Pakistan’s prime minister reacted with disgust at most things that the Indian delegates had to say.

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When discussions reached the topic of the Line of Control and Kashmir, the cabinet was akin to a custody battle after a messy divorce, with both sides vying for custody of the infant, but neither of them displaying the skills required to raise a child. At one point, when the Pakistani delegates had no arguments with which to retaliate against the Indian External Affairs Minister’s accusations, a frustrated member of the Executive Board sighed “Does Pakistan even want a piece of Kashmir or not?”

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Every good response and point well-noted was rewarded in the form of well-aimed candies thrown to the delegates by the Board, if only actual Indo-Pak joint sessions followed similar procedures. Finally, after four moderated and three un-moderated caucuses, the Joint Cabinet framed a fairly agreeable and accommodating peace treaty, proving how co-operation and healthy debate are the way to go, in order to reach a conclusion that may save thousands of civilian lives. It’s safe to say, that while the Indian Minister of Finance was right when he stated that actions spoke louder than words, the Committee was very eloquent and rational in their points of view, and clearly demonstrated that with issues like these, a few well-placed words go a long way.

The committee progressed into being the ideal joint cabinet, putting the peace of mind of the citizens and basic human rights above all else in their efforts to calm the troubled waters of Jammu and Kashmir.

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