Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat interview,1 January 2024 issue

Kashmiri Youth Have immense potential: Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat
Chairman White Globe NGO, Renowned Advocate and Social activist Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat is a well known youth face of Jammu and Kashmir.
In an exclusive interview with news Kashmir Syed Junaid Sadaat talks to Editor in Chief  Farzana Mumtaz.
Farzana Mumtaz (FM): Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat, Chairman of White Globe NGO, Renowned Advocate, and Social Activist, you’ve become a prominent youth face in Jammu and Kashmir. Can you briefly share your journey with us?
Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat (AJS): Certainly, Farzana. I hail from Shopian District and underwent a transformative journey from Muhamaddiya School in Chanpora to Woodland School in Srinagar, where I completed my law studies. My professional journey started as a standing counsel for government departments, but about five years ago, I transitioned to focus more on social work. Through White Globe, we’ve undertaken various projects addressing societal challenges
FM: It’s commendable that you’re actively contributing to societal betterment. Can you elaborate on some of the projects undertaken by White Globe?
AJS: Absolutely. We initiated projects ranging from raising awareness about the drug menace to empowering women and combating domestic violence. Our project “Kinara” aims to help orphan children acquire essential handicraft skills. Notably, we’ve established a unique behavioral assessment center for specially-abled children facing autism and cerebral palsy, a cause close to my heart
FM: I understand you filed a significant PIL related to ambulances. Could you provide some insights into that?
AJS: Ambulances are crucial for our healthcare system. In 2018, we filed a PIL highlighting the need for hassle-free ambulance movement, specific SOPs, trained drivers, and improvements in both urban and rural healthcare. The government admitted drawbacks, and currently, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir is overseeing efforts to enhance the ambulance system.
FM: Addressing gender injustice is a complex challenge. How do you believe it can be effectively tackled?
AJS: Gender injustice, particularly against women, is deeply rooted in our patriarchal society. I believe fostering mutual respect between couples can significantly diminish gender injustice.
FM: Working closely with the youth, are you optimistic about their future in Kashmir?
AJS: Absolutely. The youth in Kashmir possess immense potential. They exhibit profound knowledge across various subjects and excel in diverse fields, making me optimistic about their future contributions.
FM: There’s a debate on the extent of the drug menace in Kashmir. What is your perspective on this matter?
AJS: While I believe figures might be slightly exaggerated, the situation is indeed concerning. I’ve personally witnessed cases of entire families succumbing to dangerous drug addiction, including the alarming rise of synthetic drugs. If left unchecked, we risk facing a scenario similar to “Udtaa Punjab
FM: Old age homes, unfortunately, have become a necessity. Could you elaborate on their relevance in Kashmir?
AJS: Regrettably, old age homes are relevant in Kashmir due to a shift away from traditional values, necessitating alternative care for the elderly
FM: Lastly, what message do you have, especially for the youth?
AJS: My message to the youth is to steer clear of vices such as alcohol, adultery, and drug addiction. Following the teachings of Islam can bring peace and enable positive contributions in various fields.
FM: Thank you, Advocate Syed Junaid Sadaat, for sharing your insights and the impactful work you’re doing in the community.
AJS: It’s my pleasure, Farzana. Thank you for having me