THE ‘GATES’ TO DOWNTOWN

Jammu and Kashmir Heritage

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Dr. Muzafar Maqsood Wani

 

India has an interesting history of erecting ‘Gates’ which were used to check the entry and exit of people. However, the main purpose was to ward off enemies and keep a check on the entry of criminals and unwanted elements. Kashmir has had also its gates which were introduced by Mughals. In other parts of the country these Gates are preserved as ‘cultural heritage’. However, in Kashmir this heritage is in shambles and some of these sties have vanished. However, an attempt is being made to build new gates in a new form. The author writes that this expenditure could be used for some other productive purpose. He equally raises the issue that this endeavour might be to ‘cage’ the historic downtown. [KashmirTrends Editorial Team].

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REVIVING KASHMIR’S AGRICULTURE

Kashmir Media Service

M Ashraf

Agriculture has been the backbone of Kashmir’s economy and about 80% of population is that of agriculturists. But our agricultural production has been dwindling and we have become dependent on imports, writes M. Ashraf. According to him, we have reduced cultivable land by using it for other purposes. Our greatest resource is water, which could be used to generate power.  But our leaders have mortgaged that. We are facing acute unemployment problem. There are immense possibilities in agriculture and related activities to provide livelihood. It is imperative for government to take the initiative to revive and strengthen agriculture.

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MALIGNING THE KASHMIR STRUGGLE

Curated News and Opinion on Kashmir

Niloofar Qureshi

Pakistan’s irresponsible activities have done more damage to Kashmir ‘cause’, writes the analyst Niloofar Qureshi. According to her International community views ideological issue of Kashmir as  a territorial dispute. LeT and JuD say that they support Pakistan army and government in their effort to help the people of Kashmir, because it is Jihad. Syed Salahuddin says that “We (Hizb) are fighting Pakistan’s war in Kashmir.” According to the author Pakistan’s utterances have done more harm than good to ‘self-determination’ movement in Kashmir.

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DIALOGUE IN KASHMIR

Jammu Kashmir News

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Dr. Riyaz Punjabi

The Government of India has recently appointed a Special Representative, a former senior Intelligence officer, to hold a dialogue with different “stake holders” in Jammu and Kashmir state. The involvement of young students and youth in frequent protests and violence appears to have prompted the Union Government to appoint the Special Representative to hold a dialogue with different sections of society and fathom out the reasons for this phenomenon. The Special Representative has started visiting the state and holding meetings with the people. According to press reports the Representative is not bound by any specific agenda and has been given complete freedom in this regard. However, it may be mentioned here that the term of reference pertaining to “stake holders” appears to be superfluous in the sense that it gives an impression of a special  group or a distinct class with whom the representative should be holding a dialogue. It needs to be recognized that every citizen of the state is a “stake holder” because every one has been bearing the brunt of turmoil and uncertain conditions.

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THE MANTRA OF NEGOTIATIONS

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The army chief has given the argument, given by Home Minister, that negotiations are not possible as long as Pakistan continues to support militants. Pakistan says that its efforts for peace should not be regarded as weakness and blames India for disturbance in Kashmir. Both countries say they are willing for talks, but want the other to take the initiative, writes daily Srinagar Times editorially. According to the daily the two countries have lost the capability to resolve their problems and have become puppets of USA.

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SAVE DAL

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Khairunnisa Aga

The people who are unaware of the life of inhabitants of Dal Lake will be surprised to know that slogan Save Dal’ has become ‘kill its inhabitants,’ writes Khairunnisa Aga. According to her Dal lake is the symbol of beauty of Kashmir and is central to civic life. It is part of ecosystem and contributes to biotic and a-biotic growth of surroundings. Save Dal project is understood as restriction on encroachment, its conservation and rehabilitation of people. But rehabilitation programme has left them – de-rehabilitated, the community marginalized and they have lost their livelihood. Sewage Treatment Plants have added to the problem of inducing pollutants into lake waters. That has affected vegetable production.

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN JAMMU KASHMIR

Jammu and Kashmir News

Altaf Hussain Haji

Economic Census (2014) says only 0.85% share of total number of persons employed in India are from J&K. Since present education and skill levels of those already in labour force is low, it is a major challenge to reap its demographic advantage, writes Altaf Hussain Haji. According to him, in J&K literacy rate is 69%, but there is a big gap between male literacy and female literacy. As for education, 90.3% is for general, 8.4% for technical/professional and 1.3% for vocational education. That means educated youth are not getting necessary skills in specific vocations or trade. That makes it  imperative for government to reorganize skill development, create opportunities, space and scope for development of talents of youth.

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EARTHQUAKES IN KASHMIR – PREDICTIONS AND MEASUREMENT

Shakeel Ahmad Bhat/Mehraj U Din Dar,

In a revealing scenario, a US study says a major quake of magnitude 9 can trigger landslides that would dam River Jhelum and put Kashmir Valley under water within three months, write S. A. Bhat and M. U. Dar. According to them, earlier estimates of maximum possible quake were too low. There is no mechanism to predict earth quakes.  The Himalayas in Kashmir are tectonically active. Measures recommended are identifying future locations of earth quakes, research of effects of historical earthquakes, to determine their recurrence and educate people about measures to limit losses:

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CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACT ON APPLE CROP

Kashmir Environmental News

Mehraj U Din Dar/Shakeel Ahmad Bhat/Aamir Ishaq Shah

 

The horticulture experts from Kashmir aver that climate change is hitting hard and causing unstable weather conditions in Kashmir. According to them the usual snowfall during Chila-i-Kalan goes messing and happens in February, March. In Kashmir, temperature has shown a rise of 1.45 degree Celsius. The perception of climate change is shaped mainly by associated impact of changed climatic conditions on apple crop. There is widely held perception that increasing incidence of pest and disease comprises a shift of ecology. Local knowledge of climate should be incorporated into any strategy meant to mitigate the impact of climate change.

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PATRONIZING ASPIRATIONS OF DIVISION OF KASHMIR?

Recently, a minister from Leh, Ladakh had led a delegation to the Union government seeking a Union territory status. Thus, he wanted to break up the unity of J&K state. In an editorial note, daily Nida-i-Mashriq writes that this initiative of the minister was a violation of the J&K Constitution which underlines the unity of the state. Ironically, the minister had taken an oath on protecting the integrity of the state writes the daily.

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