KASHMIR: WINDS OF CHANGE

An informal interaction at different levels in Jammu and Kashmir state reveal that fresh winds of change have started blowing around particularly in the Valley. This change is reflected in the reorientation of local vernacular press including English medium papers. Ironically, the existential realities including functioning of the system and its institutions, performance of the state structures, education, trade and business, agricultural and horticultural activities, to mention a few, earlier obfuscated by one dimensional media projections-local as well as national, had blurred the perceptions relating to actual state of affairs. These projections depicted mayhem, disorder and massacres as order of the day. A smokescreen of religiosity was created and permeated which suited the vested interest in which human as well as social issues were relegated to background. It was a well laid out strategy which appears to be falling apart.

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People losing faith in leadership?

Khalid Issac

During last seventy years, Kashmiris have given numerous chances to their leaders by voting for them, but they have not delivered, writes Khalid Issac. He further writes that they could have done a lot. If they had focused on governance. As per external dimensions, they kept on misleading people.

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Is  Kashmir Dependent?

In an editorial note, daily Nida-i-Mashriq writes that the process of changing the use of agriculture land into residential and commercial purposes has been going on for some time. The pressure of population may be the so called cause, but the reality is that vested interests and greed are responsible for that. It is not only the people who had land who are responsible, but the government and its machinery has connived on it.

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Climate Change Crisis

Manzoor Malik

Climate change, one of the complex problems, is being faced by the world, affecting livelihood of millions of people. India, stands at a higher risk due to adverse climatic conditions. Recent estimate shows that by 2020, pressure on India’s water, air, soil and forests will be higher. The crises of water shortage can affect a large section of population.

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Menace of Russian Poplars

Environmental issues  are there everywhere. But the Valley, known for its moderate and fascinating climate, would attract tourists from all over the world, is also facing an environmental crisis – with multiple pollution and climatic problem, writes the daily Rising Kashmir editorially. The latest crisis has been created by Russian poplars. The pollen of these poplars seemed to have caused different allergies and chest-related disorders. Moreover these (pollen) are highly inflammable. It seems we should revert to local varieties of poplar. There is need to stop fresh plantation of Russian poplars. A proper strategy is needed for mass cutting of Russian poplars.

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KASHMIR: A FRESH LAYOUT

On June 28, 2019 the Home Minister, Government of India while presenting an amendment Bill in Parliament (Lok Sabha) on reservation to people living on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir made a passionate presentation on the state as a whole. In fact, the Home Minister’s presentation was preceded by his visit to Kashmir earlier for two days to have an on the spot assessment of situation prevailing there. It is interesting to note that there were neither shut down calls from separatist groups nor was any hartal observed to protest the visit of Home Minister in Kashmir.

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