The shrinking water bodies, that were once our pride

We have caused tremendous damage to environment by our greedy and selfish actions, writes Urdu daily Kashmir Uzma editorially. Our water bodies – the greatest resource- are shrinking. All famous lakes, from Wullar to Anchar, are not only shrinking, but their waters are polluted. We have destroyed our forests. We have used agriculture land for building mansions. It shows that we have become insensitive because of our greed and irresponsible behavior.

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 The slogans of autonomy

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool

 In analyzing the impact of raising the issue of Regional Autonomy Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, former Chief Secretary of J&K Government who joined National Conference after his retirement, writes that the impact of this issue needs to be assessed to maintain the solidarity of the state. According to him, Delhi agreement 1952 had been approved by Parliament and State Constituent Assembly, giving the state an unassailable constitutional position. The Government of India showed its commitment by issuing constitution order under Art 370/35A. The attack on autonomy began with coming of GM Sadiq as chief Minister. Though Indira Gandhi – Abdullah accord of 1975 allowed state government to review the central laws enforced in the state, but reports of two high level Committees on the subject remained on shelves in the secretariat. While Dr. Farooq Abdullah announces introduction of regional autonomy, with ambitions to  secure power, BJP has been advocating concept of Regional Council for Jammu  to thwart state autonomy. But Dr. Farooq has shifted to regional autonomy without considering its long term impact leading ultimately to trifurcation of state. It is time to cool down and evolve a pragmatic and attainable goal.

 

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Restore Autonomy to J&K Bank

The political parties have welcomed the Governor’s decision to re-examine banks accountability to legislature, writes daily Kashmir Observer, editorially. However, the Governor says that PSU has no legal connotation and  bank will continue to operate under Companies Act. But the Governor needs to go the whole hog and allow the bank to work the way it was working. The need is to strengthen corporate governance in J&K and reinforce its autonomy.

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Promise v/s Performance: J&K MP’s in the Parliament

In a series of analytical articles, daily Greater Kashmir has assessed the performance of Members of Parliament (MP’s) from J&K state. This performance balance sheet brings forth the concern and zeal of the MP’s from the three regions of the state in raising the issues and taking part in the debates in the Parliament.

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The tectonic shift

Javaid Beigh

In an interesting and critical analysis of role of political parties, the author laments that the major political parties in the state have promoted their self interests. Ignoring the expectations of common man these parties have promoted their own kith and kin. He makes a strong case for the formation of  a ’Third Front’ in J&K.

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Pulwama killings

In an editorial comment, daily Kashmir Images writes that while dealing with the militants, security forces should ensure that civilian population is not harmed. However, as the comment concludes that Kashmir society should ponder over the issue that when a gun battle is taking place involving militants and security forces, civilian should avoid jumping in the fray.

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Kartarpur Corridor and Agony of Kashmiris

            Nayyar N Khan

 

Government of Pakistan welcomed the Indian cabinet announcement to commence the construction of Kartarpur corridor. The apparent aim is to promote religious tourism, but hopefully it would pave the path towards peace. The divided families of Jammu and Kashmir have been cheering, but with agony and melancholy. Though a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad has been opened but for thousands of families to visit across LOC is a distant dream.

 

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The forgotten art of Paper making in Kashmir

Iqbal Ahmad

In ancient times, Kashmir had its own paper industry and paper was called Koshur Kagaz. This industry was lost during 20th century due to the advent of by Indian mill paper industry, as it could not meet demands of growing paper industry. The state museum and cultural Academy have been housing the manuscripts written on handmade paper. But no traces of history of handmade paper- equipment or method, are left anywhere. The British Settlement Commissioner for J&K during the last Dogra ruler, Hari Singh, Walter Lawrence, provides a brief description of paper making method. The pulps, a mixture of hemps and rugs is placed in stone troughs and mixed with water, and the layer of the pulp is extracted and placed in sun. Then it is polished with pumice stone and surface is glazed with rice water.

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Reasons  for J&K Assembly Dissolution

In an analytical article daily Roshni writes that Governor’s reasons for dissolving Assembly were – i)Making of a state government not possible ii) the horse-trading in winning the support of members iii) claimed numbers not being correct and iv) critical security situation.  National Conference (NC) leader’s statement and Congress not making its support clear, show that first reason was correct. As far as numbers are concerned, the veracity of the claim could be tested only on the floor of the house. Nevertheless, security situation has been very bad since the operation all out was started and there has been lot of bloodshed.

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The ignored Chopan community

Ishfaq Ahmad Chopan

Chopans, reside in every nook and corner of Kashmir Valley. Economically and socially a backward class, they deserve special status like Scheduled Tribe. They are landless, serving as shepherds, raring sheep and goat, moving to hilly places during summer. Legislative Assembly had also passed a resolution in 2000, and recommended Scheduled Tribe status for them. Hopefully, the government will consider all these recommendations.

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