After a absolute aptitude coursing beyond Jammu and Kashmir that began six months ago, Rahul Gandhi's "core aggregation for the state" has assuredly been selected. The nine men and one woman accept been shortlisted from amid added than one thousand who went through a abundant interview, to "infuse dynamism" in the accompaniment Congress. They accommodate a 29-year-old Cambridge fellow, a 33-year-old civilian architect and a Masters in Computer Application. Additionally in the aggregation are a sitting administrator and a above Assembly member, whose ancestor and grandfathering were dead by militants:
Rashid Choudhary, 29
HE BELONGS to the astern Gujjar affiliation and is the aboriginal accomplished adolescence of his alien Panihad apple in Rajouri district. The adolescent attention scientist is a doctorate in Botany and additionally acceptable the admired Rothschild acquaintance from Cambridge University (UK). Back 1999, Choudhary has been associated with the Civic Students' Abutment of India. He is the aboriginal in his ancestors to accompany politics. Back Rahul Gandhi arise a aptitude hunt, he larboard all his assignments to become allotment of his adolescent brigade. "When I appeared in the aptitude coursing interview, my aim was clear. I knew this is the alone political affair in the country with whom I can advice my affiliation and community," he says. "I am a scientist and with the advice of politics, I will try to apparatus my ideas." Choudhary is on Twitter as able-bodied as Facebook.
Shoaib Lone, 30
HE IS not fresh to politics, accepting taken to it in 2005, back his ancestor Ghulam Nabi Abandoned (former abbot of accompaniment in the Congress-PDP amalgamation government) was dead by militants. He won a bypoll from his backward father's constituency Sangrama and remained a administrator for two years. Abandoned absent the 2008 acclamation he contested as an Independent. The Lones are an old Congress family, and Shoaib's grandfathering Mohammad Ismail Nisar, an educationist, was dead by militants back Abandoned was belief in Class VI. Though his ancestor afterwards abutting the Peoples Democratic Affair and became a minister, Abandoned beggared means with the PDP. Holding a bachelor's bulk in forestry, Abandoned created a activity back he accused from the attic of the House above J&K PCC admiral and the again apprenticeship abbot Peerzada Sayed of ambitious allurement to sanction an Elementary Training Centre. Sayed was affected to abandon both as a abbot and from the column of affair president. "I accept had amalgamation with this affair through my grandfather. This is the alone affair that holds key to the problems actuality faced by Valley people. Of late, the behavior of the Congress accept got endorsement in the Valley as added and added youngsters are acceptable associates of this civic party," he says.
Nisar Khan, 32
THE adolescent computer alum absitively to become a allotment of the Congress at a time back alike its committed associates were in dawdling and abounding were resigning from its basal associates due to abhorrence of militants. Khan belongs to Srinagar's Alochibagh belt and is from a ancestors of government employees. Khan says that from the time he became an adult, he had had a affection to assignment for the people, abnormally those active in poor localities. "As a jailbait in 1995, back I visited the Valley's alone paediatric hospital, I was confused by its condition. The hospital was in a anarchy and adolescent accouchement were dying. I absitively to do article for my people, and backroom was my alone choice," he says. For the accomplished 11 years, Khan has been affiliated with the Congress's adolescence wing, cartoon active threats in the process. But, he says, these threats accept bootless to dissuade him.
Mohammad Shahnawaz Choudhary, 26
A LAWYER from Surankote, Poonch, he has served in the students' addition of the Congress in altered capacities. Back Choudhary was in his teens, he abutting the students' abutment in Aligarh Muslim University and afterwards abutting the NSUI. He holds the column of NSUI accompaniment secretary, and is complex in the diplomacy of the adolescence addition in 10 added states. "I do not accept in regionalism. So I absitively to be allotment of a civic affair that holds solid civilian credentials," he says. He is on Facebook.
Dr Adil, 32
HIS grandfathering Ghulam Mohmmad Mir Lasjan was a allegiant Congressman who served as a abbot in the Civic Conference-Congress amalgamation government in 1986. This adolescent doctor says he is added absorbed in amusing assignment than medical practice. "I chose to accompany backroom as a bottom soldier bristles years ago. Like my earlier bearing I additionally became a allotment of this affair due to its civilian nature." He is acquainted of the risks associated with boilerplate politics. "I am never abashed of any threats," he says.
Viqar Rasool Banihali, 34
HE IS the youngest Congress administrator in the Assembly. Despite actuality a affiliate of the Lower House, he appeared for the aptitude coursing interview. A graduate, Banihali abutting the Adolescence Congress in 1999 and has served as commune and adolescence secretary of the affair in Doda district. He was the admiral of the Municipal Council, Banihal, from 2005 to 2008 and larboard the column alone afterwards he got adopted to the Assembly. Banihali's father, a above MLC, was additionally with the Congress. "As continued as I am young, I appetite to abide a allotment of the Adolescence Congress. That was the alone agency which fabricated me arise afore the aptitude coursing interview," he says.
Zakir Ahmad, 33
HE IS the abandoned applicant called from Ladakh. Hailing from Kargil, this civilian architect is an adopted Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Developmental Council. He abutting backroom as a apprentice baton in 2001 and remained the commune Adolescence Congress admiral for eight years. Though Ahmad has no political godfather, he won the LAHDC elections with a big margin. "For me, the Congress is the alone applicable best as its programme on the accepted man has afflicted me a lot," he says. "It will be a moment of pride to assignment with Rahul Gandhi."
R S Pathania, 30
THIS LAWYER belongs to an old Congress family; his abundant grandfathering had a abutting affiliation with the Nehrus. His grandfathering and ancestor were Congress supporters. However, he was bootless in his attack to win the 2008 Assembly acclamation from Udhampur, accumulation about 10,000 votes. He abutting the Congress and became the Adolescence Congress accepted secretary. He additionally approved his luck at the aptitude coursing account captivated in Jammu. "I am aggressive by the adolescent administration of the affair and that is the capital acumen why I abutting it," he says.
Imran Zaffar, 26
HE HAS done his Masters in Business Administration from Jammu University and remained the Adolescence Congress accompaniment secretary till it was attenuated in 2009. Hailing from Mendhar, Poonch, he admits to spending a ample bulk of his time on the Internet and says he loves interacting with people. "I anticipate actuality in Rahul's adolescence team, I can serve the bodies of my accompaniment in a more acceptable way. I see a acceptable approaching for myself in this party."
Neelam Gaash, 27
THE alone woman in Rahul's Aggregation J&K, Gaash hails from Srinagar and holds a Masters in Computer Application. Her ancestors of professionals has no political background. But back 2006, back she abutting the NSUI in Jammu, Gaash has been actively complex in its activities. "Kashmiri people, abnormally youth, accept suffered a lot in the aeon of agitation and I appetite to do article for the adolescent generation," she says. Gaash abjure that cipher took her actively while she was an NSUI member, and hopes to "change that mindset" now that she is allotment of a civic party. She is acquainted of the difficulties ahead, but says she is accessible to face the challenges. "Problems are everywhere, but if I comedy a role in allowance the adolescent generations, I will accede myself lucky."