Published June 6th, 2017 by

Hospital with an agenda and a barber with a mission!

Over the period of time, health and education establishments in private sector have grown rapidly in Kashmir. And with very little exceptions, to a great extent, both sectors have grown for wrong (exploitative) reasons. No one would oppose resourceful and authentic infrastructure development in health and education whether in private or public sector because it relates to the physical and mental health of the society and overall vigorous growth of the nation. But once exploitation and money minting overtakes sincerity and ethics of honest business people are bound to raise fingers. In a place where cinema halls and godowns got converted into health specialty centers and decaying buildings serve as schools, exploiting education and health as lucrative business becomes a routine without any control by monitoring agencies because of the reason better known to them. Read More A double tragedy

Published January 3rd, 2017 by

Srinagar stands hijacked by vendors and vehicles.

In the first week of June 2016, I was pleased to write in these columns about Srinagar freed from roadside vendors and illegal parking. The administration had done wonders by restraining ever-growing roadside vendors and reining unruly vehicles. That time it was a wonderful and comforting sight and experience of serenity, particularly for pedestrians. This whole exercise substantially contributed in regulating messy traffic on city roads. But, unfortunately, this whole exercise, now, seems to have got washed with more than five months of unrest in the valley.

Personally, I am of the opinion that roadside vendors are also important stakeholders in city business. But their share in conducting business should be in synergy with routine regular trading activities. Any disproportionate street vending activity will not only ruin the practice of business but will add to the confusion and chocking of streets. Srinagar like any struggling city in the region has a long history of roadside vending. Earlier, a cluster of vendors would create a festive ‘bazaar’ contributing a lot to economy and employment generation. Even now, most of the cities and markets allow street vendors to do business on any particular day of the week or during festival periods in the vicinity of shrines. Srinagar city’s ‘Sunday market’ in civil line area and ‘Friday market’ in the vicinity of the historic shrine of Hazratbal are best weekly trading destinations for vendors and prospective customers, where with a large scope of bargaining almost everything is sold at reasonable rates. Read More A crowded city!

Published November 30th, 2016 by

Is it a distant dream?

Last month Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) extended an invitation to attend two days interaction session at SKICC regarding the evolving concept of ‘Greater Srinagar’. Defying unrest and strict restrictions I would have loved to be part of this event, but an important date at Delhi hospital constrained me to miss the event. Anyways, Srinagar is a subject worth to be involved in. In contemporary era of progress and modern scientific habitation planning, a city can be made greater and splendid only through planned and sustained expansion strictly in agreement with existing ambiance and environs with highest degree of self-reliance being essence of such development. Read More Greater Srinagar

Published June 29th, 2016 by

Deceptive healthcare system and fleecing insurance companies!

With sweeping impact of materialism the old saying ‘health is wealth’ seems to have gone wrong now. If you don’t have enough money (read wealth) you are unable to keep your health in order. Almost in all parts of the subcontinent health sector has turned one of the most lucrative trades where deception is the most prominent trade secret. Well organized racketing at all levels binds the whole fraternity of healthcare with sole motive of making money out of desperate people. From unethical ailment overestimation to excessive diagnostic procedures; overpriced treatments to spurious medicines the whole healthcare system has turned messy. Read More It’s all about money

Published April 14th, 2016 by

How long will these adulterators be allowed to play with human lives?

A recent finding of health experts regarding widespread cases of cancer in Kashmir is alarming. Gastrointestinal malignancies are more common than other forms of cancer. Most of the health experts attribute this steep rise in gastrointestinal cancer to our food habits, particularly to adulterated foods. Traditional Kashmiri salted tea and excess use of spiced foods can be reasons for trouble in our digestive track, but adulterated foods are most harmful cause for concern. Adulterated foods and spices affect not only the digestive track, but upset almost all systems and organs of our body.

Adulteration is a crime against mankind and anyone involved in this inhuman crime is liable to severe punishment. Earlier adulteration was considered the most shameful act in our society. From religious point of view adulteration is a grave sin and no religion permits it at any cost.   However, over the period of time with degradation in our societal order, fast creeping corruption and failure of system of checks and balances, adulteration took a menacing shape. Regretfully, earlier only a handful of petty despicable people within the society would resort to adulteration, but now even most respectable and so-called elite make huge profits out of adulteration. They manage their escape by misinterpreting provisions within the law and corrupting monitoring and prosecuting agencies with ease.

Read More Food that Kills.

Published March 1st, 2016 by

Materialism has done the damage.

On universal garden and landscape scenario only two forms of gardens are documented as formal and informal. Almost all Mughal gardens are formal and the rest all landscape is categorized as informal. So, most of our landscape in Srinagar is formal. Formal pattern of landscaping suit well to topography of Kashmir as formal terraced gardens can be carved out easily out of hilly terrain. Srinagar and its surroundings have a long history of gardens amid beautiful landscape. However, the Mughal era in Kashmir was glorious period for magnificent gardens and orchards. Mughals preferred Dal and Nigeen banks and its catchment area for laying beautiful and spacious gardens in Srinagar city and its vicinity. Unfortunately, at present several of these gardens are either in bad shape or have vanished from the landscape scene of Srinagar. During the last four decades several modifications and additions were made to dwindling landscape of Srinagar. First informal landscape in Srinagar was tried at Nehru Memorial Botanical garden (NMBG), later more planned informal landscaping (Japanese Gardens) at Sheri-e-Kashmir institute of Medical sciences, Baghi Shagufa near Nigeen Lake, and Zabarwan Park on boulevard set a new trend of informal garden laying in Srinagar. Read More Bleak Srinagar Landscape!