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 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 January 24th, 2017 by

Politics apart, he was a great administrator!

I intended to write this piece on the first death anniversary of Mufti Mohammad Syed, but then I changed my mind lest I may be branded as an unprincipled sycophant. Anyways, facts are facts and we should never distort realities. All my interactions with Mufti Sahib were in the line of my duty or social work.

I have first seen and heard Mufti Muhammad Syed at a public meeting at the remote village of Lalpora, Lolab in Kupwara district, in the late sixties when he was deputy minister for works. A young spotless khadi-clad Mufti Syed dominated most part of the public meeting held in an open space under the shade of huge walnut trees. I was a young boy of seven or eight years and walked several kilometers from Dardhpora village along with the children of my close relation with whom I had come to spend my summer holidays. That time I could not understand the politics, but I enjoyed the trip where people were amused with folk music and dance before public meetings. Ah! That was simple and wonderful Kashmir. Read More Meeting Mufti

Published August 22nd, 2016 by

Current Kashmir unrest must be read in context of a complete failure of world powers in Afghanistan resulting in fluid political and military situation in the region.

Killing of many young Kashmiris and more than six weeks of siege is not less tragic and unfortunate for millions of Kashmiri people. Hundreds of maimed and scores of blinded people speak of a grave state of conflict; a conflict that has engulfed a generation of young people comprising more than fifty percent of our population. This time round the contours of unrest seem to be different. This unrest, unlike earlier uprisings seems not only against the present political dispensation and establishment, but against all who exploited the sentiments of Kashmiri people from time to time, irrespective of their position in power and politics or their own geopolitical interests. All stake holders of Kashmir conflict should read a bold writing on the wall, a writing of extreme anger. No political party within the state and no nation around the geographic territory of Kashmir should feel itself out of present Kashmiri anger. In my three decades of public life I have never experienced such widespread, deep-rooted resentment within the psyche of Kashmir people, against one and all.   Read More Kashmir: Graveyard of Peace

Published June 2nd, 2016 by

We need a strong administration to address the issue.

Few days back a walk through the city center Lal Chowk and adjoining areas was not only soothing but interesting as well. Overnight, almost all roadside vendors have vanished from this historic place and most of its adjoining areas. Clear roads, cleaner streets and enough space for pedestrians was a dream come true. Ultimately our roads, footpaths along with poor pedestrians got ‘Azaadi’. This wonderful situation proves that, ‘where there is a will, there is always a way’. Implementation of law is not impossible if law enforcing agencies are serious and mean business. However, the liberated space at several places was either occupied by shopkeepers by displaying their merchandise on footpaths or by habitual traffic violators who had parked their vehicles wrongly. Read More Footpath mafia!

Published May 27th, 2016 by

Where lies the solution to the problem?

A survey by the medical humanitarian organization ‘Medecins  sans Frontieres’ (Doctors without Borders) in collaboration with department of psychology university of Kashmir and the institute of mental health and neurosciences Kerala has concluded into a very grim state of our society. The survey conveys that 1.8 million Kashmiri people making about 45% of valley’s adult population possess significant symptoms of mental distress. Apparently, the results of such surveys are never near perfection because while making such surveys only a sample group of total population is covered. However, by covering thousands of households in almost four hundred villages across ten districts of Kashmir valley the agency has tried to make the survey more broad based and consistent. The findings of the survey are alarming; almost half of the adult population suffers from the varying degree of mental distress! Suicides among adults, particularly the younger generation is common and people have become short tempered, losing their cool over petty issues. Marital discord, broken marriages, and divorce are no more forbidden in our society. Instead most of us consider such desperate acts as remedy to relieve our distressed minds. Read More Sick society, distressed minds