Kashmiri students less cynical than Delhi counterparts

New Delhi, Jan. 13 -- Years of violence and strife do not seem to have made the children of Kashmir a cynical and untrusting lot.

In a research innovation project initiated by the students and teachers at Delhi University's Lady Shri Ram College for Women where students and teachers from the Valley and Delhi were surveyed, a large number of Kashmiri students had more positive perceptions of their peers than their counterparts in Delhi.

The participants of the study sample comprised 13 school principals, 35 teachers, 153 students from three schools in Kashmir and 173 students from two schools in Delhi.

All students were from classes 9 and 10. All students surveyed followed Islam.

According to the survey, the students in Kashmir had a more positive outlook towards their peers for the out-group, in this case students following other religion.

On a scale of 1 to 7, for example, generosity was rated as 5.17 by Kashmiri students, kindness was rated as 5.8 and sincerity was rated as 5.66.

These traits were rated as 4.59 for generosity, 4.92 for kindness and 4.95 for sincerity by Delhi students. When it came to judging peers of their own religion, the results were similar.

"Students from Kashmir made significantly stronger internal attributions for socially desirable behaviours by both the in-group and the out-group as compared to adolescents in Delhi. This implies that in Delhi, adolescents are less trusting and have less faith in the goodness of humankind. They looked for external motives for people's helping behaviour," the report said.

The research team also found religious and regional identities were stronger in Kashmiri students than in Delhi students. Personal identity, however, was missing in Kashmiri students and was overwhelmingly prominent in Delhi.

"Many drawings revolved around the child's dream place, dream country, strong likes and choices, etc. This was completely missing in Kashmir. Some drawings contained themes of violence. In Delhi, violence was more personal in nature and seemed to depict murder, theft, etc. In Kashmir, violence at the national and international level was portrayed," the study found.

The team used questionnaires, interviews and drawings for the survey. Another prominent facet of the study was that the schools chosen from the Valley were being run by the Army. "The schools in Kashmir were run by the Army and it was heartening to see that their work was being recognised by the students and received a very positive response," said Kanika Khandelwal, a teacher associated with the project.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Jagmohan Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Jagmohan Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

Moores to get second chance in England top job

Moores to get second chance in England top job

The 51-year-old will succeed Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in charge following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia in January. More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »