Published August 21st, 2017 by

We need to perceive the issue logically

Providing just a peep into the history of Horticulture in Kashmir and a glimpse of the metamorphosis of present day advanced Horticulture sector we should firmly believe that people of Sopore and adjoining areas have a solid case with logic to plead for hosting the proposed Horticulture university.

For the last more than a month, a debate about the establishment of proposed Horticulture university has been going on in newspapers and other forums. An interesting debate! Where some people favour the government’s plans to establish the university at Wadoora (Sopore) campus of Sher-I Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) and others plead otherwise. In the contemporary social system, each citizen and group have every right to wish to their own liking and convenience and plead the matter accordingly. However, even in a democracy, every citizen is morally bound to assess his mandate and logic for what he or she is asking or imploring for.

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Published July 12th, 2017 by

Draft Srinagar Master Plan (2015-2035)

We have to have a holistic approach and plan that can accommodate its culture, heritage and specified patches of its unique olericulture and micro-horticulture activities within and on the peripheries of the city.

Last week I had a chance to attend a function at The Institute of Engineers (Srinagar Chapter) regarding the subsequent presentation of the Draft Master Plan (2015-2035) for Srinagar city. It was interesting to watch the detailed presentation and hear the summary from Chief Town Planner and his technical staff. However, some untimely interventions from several people confused the presenters and the participants could not get the accurate message regarding contours of proposed development and planning of Srinagar city in right perspective. An aura of rancor and an unimportant turf war was quite visible during the earlier part of the session. With the better approach, more often even complex issues can be communicated very rightly beyond technical sessions in more informal way over a cup of tea. But in our place, the informal sessions often turn more formal and selective.

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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