Published July 19th, 2017 by

Towards a corruption-free system where a common man doesn’t suffer

Our state against all odds has succeeded in establishing institutions to safeguard impartiality and accountability within the administration and for the last more than a decade, these institutions have evolved to the level of credible organizations of fairness.

As a humble Kashmiri with very little access to higher echelons of administration and corridors of power,  I know very little how efficient and genuine administration should look like and how honest and impartial polity should be? But as a common man, I must have a better sense of corruption-free administration and an unbiased political system. In a contemporary era where we conceitedly claim to be more empowered and accountable, how far we have been able to deliver impartial governance only time will tell? Undoubtedly, accountability is the essence of independent societies. However, it has to be flawless and without any coercion from either side, otherwise, it will prove inimical to fundamentals of impartiality.  And the worst falls when systems of transparency are misused, misinterpreted or derailed by none other than the people who require the doses of accountability more and the most.    

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Published July 5th, 2017 by

It’s the new political bait in Kashmir

Whether in present shape or with some modifications GST is not going to deliver wonders and change the plight of people of Kashmir..

Tax paying is as old as civilization. The only thing that matters and at times worries is the intent and quantum of taxation.  GST (Goods and Services Tax) as claimed by its protagonists is a reformed and simplified tax regime that was in pipeline for last thirteen years. Even after some voices of dissent in several parts of the country, the GST has been adopted by almost all states and territories except Jammu and Kashmir state. In Jammu and Kashmir, the present governmental dispensation —a coalition of two ideologically different political parties tried its best to keep pace with rest of the country but had to delay GST implementation under pressure from different quarters. No doubt, there are provisions in the Constitution that authorize the state government to push the GST system but the coalition government apprehending trouble with the hurried enactment and more significantly trying to portray a holy cow image of its government deferred the implementation and are trying to take all the stakeholders on board—especially the political opponents.

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Published May 17th, 2017 by

These nauseating exploiters are destroying the very fabric of our system.

Autocrats, because of their obsessive hostility towards masses, were compelled to encourage and have sycophants around them who would work as their eyes and ears. The autocratic system was prone to influence of powerful oligarchies comprising mostly of sickening exploiters and the nepotists. However, since long our representative system has also come under the influencing hammer of exploiters, passionate love and affection for nepotism and patronage of sycophants. The process has been gradual over the period of last seven decades but at present, the obsequious exploiters have spread their deep and sturdier tentacles far and wide. Read More Clean the administration.

Published April 19th, 2017 by

An election without a mandate, but with a message!

Farooq Abdullah is here to represent the people of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency. The constituency with little less than thirteen lakh registered voters will be represented by a politician who managed to earn the approval of only forty-eight and half thousands of voters. Many people in Kashmir would call it a sham election and several others will invoke the element of coercion, rigging and what not. And yes a few having their own political interests at stake and would interpret it as the accomplishment of the democratic process. Obviously, in a conflicting state of affairs where the political situation is awfully fluid, every stakeholder is compelled to derive a conclusion of his liking. However, at the end of present balloting where eight young people were bulleted to death and hundreds injured the elections conveyed a clear verdict of extreme anger and a choice beyond votes. Read More Loud and Clear!

Published March 15th, 2017 by

Don’t we have an identity of our own?

The first lesson of social science taught almost everywhere, reads ‘man is a social animal’. It implies that humankind lives in a societal structure within a complex organization of very close and distant relations. The distinct social fabric of mankind distinguishes and puts it above all animal beings. That is presumably what we human beings narcissistically think of ourselves. Maybe other living beings possibly will have a different opinion about us!   Well, possibilities apart, relations are vital in our social system and help in creating dedicated bonds within our society and we should respect it to maintain our ‘social animal’ status, but strictly avoiding any exploitation of this sacred bond fused through our biological indulgence. Read More Minister’s cousin!

Published February 15th, 2017 by

We have round pegs in square holes…

My earnest request will be, in any case not to interpret these lines as an endorsement of any wrongdoing or disapproval of justified administrative action. Ad-hoc-ism has been running the affairs of our administration since long. Earlier it was a compulsion in the absence of qualified human resource but by now it is more planned and has attained monstrous dimensions of favoritism and exploitation. It has not only promoted partiality and corruption but much of inefficiency is a manifestation of this wilfully induced nuisance. Obviously, politicians and bureaucracy derive extra-administrative powers from ad-hoc arrangements to govern their sweet will.  A cursory look into affairs of state’s set rules for human resource management will reveal huge gaps and deliberate deficits. Continuing with the practice of ‘stop-gap arrangement’ and OPG (own pay and grade) promotions within the gazette services for years together against the ruling of apex court speaks volumes about the intentions and mismanagement within the state administration. The government in flagrant violation has failed to respect its own rules like Civil Services (reference of vacancies and holding of meetings of Departmental Promotion Committees) Rules 2005, notified by the Government on June 14th, 2005, on one pretext or the other thereby encouraging ad-hoc-ism. Read More Topsy turvy administration!