Origin of 4 Kashmir Lakes

Bilal Hassan Shah

The Valley has also witnessed meteorite showers and the ancestors have recorded these in the form of rock art. Petroglyphs discovered in Burzhom is believed to be oldest sky chart drawn on a stone slab. When a meteorite impacts with the surface of earth, it can alter the landscape and form concentric circles around the impact. There are four lakes in region corresponding to the four circles in the rock engraving (at Bomai). The four lakes are Wullar, Manasbal, Dal and Anchar.

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The Need for Confidence Building Measures

The J&K Governor, Mr. Satya Pal Malik has  advised youth to give up the gun and assured them of rehabilitation. At the same time he appreciated the role of security forces in anti-militancy operations. The youth are compelled to take up the gun, because basic ‘cause’ is not being addressed properly. The youth are being harassed by security forces. The youth want to secure the historical and unique identity, their future but the policy makers have not been able to understand their plight. They are being portrayed negatively. It needs a whole-hearted effort on different levels official, social, economic to win the confidence of youth.

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The ever disappearing Kashmiri fauna

      Iqbal Ahmad

One of the consequences of the global warming and destructive environment phenomena is that several species of animals and birds are at the verge of extinction. In Kashmir, there has been gradual decrease in number of eagles, meaning thereby these are endangered. It was supposed to be a resident species of Valley.

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Clay musical instruments of Kashmir

John Mohammad Akhoon

Jammu and Kashmir has a distinct and rich repertoire of music and musical instruments. The traditional music of the state is supposed to be informed by Central Asia, writes J. M. Akhoon profiling the Jammu and Kashmir Heritage.

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Nahr-e- Zainageer- A Neglected Heritage

Bilal Hassan Shah

 Protection of heritage is important for many reasons, and it can give a boost to economy. To begin with, all civilizations have thrived on rivers, because water is important. The writer’s concern is about Nahr-e-Zainageer, whose origin is from Wullar lake. It irrigates miles of hectares of rice fields and orchards. Its origin is from earlier kings, but later it was renovated and further extended by Budsha (Zain-ul-Abidin). It is a network of channels and streams. But now it is in a pathetic condition. People have encroached upon it. Because of this and government’s negligence, its condition is deteriorating. Will government’s conscience wake up?

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The fine ‘Copper Works’

Iqbal Ahmad

The tale of Kashmiri metal works is very old and is prominent part of Jammu and Kashmir Heritage. The craftsmen produced brilliant metal works. Since Hindu and Buddhist cultures needed icons for various deities, these were made not in wood or stone, but bronze. Since coming of Islam discouraged these image makings, craftsmen shifted to other trades, like making utensils.

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Kashmiriyat: In a cultural prism

 Muneer Ahmad Magry

Kashmiriyat is a composite culture. It represents the fruits of interaction between ancient ethno- religious traditions  of Kashmir. It is a synthesis of Budhism, Hinduism and Islam. It believes in inter community tolerance and co-existence. The Hindu- Muslim “Rishi-Sufi” movement thrived between 14th and 15th century. It was a period of socio-cultural assimilation. The success of Islam in Kashmir is strongly linked to the fact that Sufi saints were able to cope with cultural differences and managed to live collectively together. Kashmiriyat remains a secular movement. But during the current period, essence of Kashmiriyat is fading, because of unending violence, and is being overtaken by radicalism and communalism.

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In Defence of ISIS

 Mehmood ur Rashid

 The recent incidents have shown that ISIS in Kashmir is a reality. Resistance leadership may oppose it, so to say, but it is hypocritical. We have been all along promoting a vision of history that suits ISIS mindset. We subscribe to a Future ISIS. Kashmiri Muslim culture, and Resistance politics shows no sign of buckling under that pressure. But how to deal with ISIS within? It is a challenge for all, not only Resistance movement. A transformation of Resistance politics is needed. No symbolism but politics based on some substance.

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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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