Anti-encroachment drive

Hassan Zainagiree

 The government has come out with a state environment policy, for conserving and protecting state environment, which is facing many challenges. As a first step, the government has started an anti-encroachment drive, and some government land has been retrieved. The first priority should be to do away with encroachments on water bodies. There should be no compromise in that, in decimating the hillocks of greed. There is no way to defend occupation of Kahchari land. The campaign to recover encroached land must be result- oriented, and must involve civil society to facilitate the task. But there should be no laxity in removing every kind of encroachment related to forests, water bodies, and highway.

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The grim future

The unemployment problem is critical rather very serious and youth are getting frustrated day by day. According to daily Uqab, it is not unusual if the youth get attracted by gun, drugs, or crime. Being unable to live a normal life, they have to deviate. The tragedy is government has left them at their own. All can’t be absorbed in government, but government can explore other avenues of employment. The worst case of negligence by the government is ignoring handicrafts sector, which gave employment to many people. The sector is on downside and government is doing nothing to help it.

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KASHMIR NEEDS SKILL BASED HUMAN RESOURCES

Peer G N Suhail

Kashmir is blessed with natural resources, especially water. But it can not rely only on that, and neglect other sectors. We need human resource development when means of production are not resource intensive but knowledge intensive, writes G. N. Suhail in an analytical article. Every year thousands of students graduate, but are not table to find jobs, because of non-availability of jobs and also due to lack of skills that job market demands. Education system needs restructuring and transformation. Those pursuing education for jobs can opt for professional and market oriented programmes. The state has started a skill development mission, but it is in infancy stage. Collaboration and coordination among stake holders have to be strengthened to have effective outcome of the skill training.

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Breaking the Kashmir Jinx

Arshad Khan

The hangover of partition looms large over the two countries and Kashmir, caught in context is paying the price. According to Arshad Khan the two countries need to realize that military approach has not and will not pay. It has been said that Lahore Declaration and Agra Summit were two occasions, when consensus had been reached and a road map worked out to resolve lingering dispute. But some vested interests sabotaged the process. Let the two countries institutionalize the dialogue process in order to develop a mechanism for resolving Kashmir imbroglio.

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J&K Constitution  not a mistake

Daily Nida-i-Mashriq reflecting J&K opinion writes that national leaders of stature have played a role in shaping the relationship between J&K and the Indian Union in making the separate Constitution for the state. Calling it a mistake is deliberate attempt to mislead people. Historical documents reveal that granting of special status, giving constitutional guarantees, and making a separate Constitution for the state, were acts that had the consent of leaders and people of country. But surprisingly, Dr. Karan Singh, who has been closely associated with all these happenings, has adopted silence.

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Religious sites that unite

Tasneem Kabir 

 The state has been a host with open arms, for the development of multiple faiths and religious persuasions. As such we have a plethora of religious sites and shrines. Nund Rishi, patron saint of Kashmir was Muslim mystic revered by Muslims and Hindus of region alike.  Lal Ded, who fed him as an  infant, when he was three days old, was known as Lalashuri and Lal Arifa and revered by Hindus as well as Muslims. Amarnath temple, one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism, is a cave at an attitude of 3000 m, as it is the site where god Shiva – explained the secrets of life and eternity to his consort Parvati. The Holy Family Church – is a Roman Catholic Church, and has a history of over a hundred and thirty two years. Now shift to Ladakh. Hemis monastery in Leh, is a haven for young Buddhists who stay and train to become accomplished monks. The Hemis festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) representative of reincarnation of Buddha.

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Warning of an impending disaster

In an editorial note daily Uqab writes that the Valley is facing the menace of drugs. Recent police action shows that drugs are being traded on a large scale and a large number of young men have become drug addicts. This is a very serious situation and can devastate the society. If the civil society and common people don’t realize the seriousness of the situation and act to check it, there will be a disaster.

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Think Local, Act Global

 Siddiq Wahid

The world realized that noise for uniformity in the interests of corporate wealth and political power was not same as unity in diversity. The rationality of inherited community values and wisdom and space for individual choice are important. The intertwining of economics and politics has made conflicted disputes in different parts of the world more complicated and disheartening. In case of Kashmir, it has become clear that, resolution of dispute will need forward thinking, rooted in historical experience and paradigm shift in policy. We must learn to draw the line, within ourselves between state power and free individual. In concrete  terms, it means living an ethical life. It means to be civil in public, to say no to stealing electricity, no to paying bribes, to grow what we eat, to cultivate relationship between ourselves, individually and collectively.

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The end without a beginning

 In an analytical article daily Roshni writes that hopes had emerged that India and Pakistan would forget their past bitterness and move on to build a good relationship and solve problems. Imran Khan had asked for restoration of negotiations to solve problems. Prime Minister of India had also given a positive response. It had also been decided that the foreign ministers of two countries would hold a meeting in New York on the sidelines of UN Gen. Assembly session. During Vajpayee’s time, many confidence building measures had been adopted. But this time, suddenly the meeting has been cancelled, because of killing of police personnel by militants. The people hope better sense will prevail.

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