Introduction to Blog

I launched the website and the Blog after having spoken to government officials, political analysts and security experts specializing in South Asian affairs from three continents. The feedback was uniformly consistent. The bottom line is that when Kashmiris are suffering and the world has its own set of priorities, we need to find ways to help each other. We must be realistic, go beyond polemics and demagoguery, and propose innovative ideas that will bring peace, justice and prosperity in all of Jammu and Kashmir.

The author had two reasons to create this blog. First, it was to address the question that was being asked repeatedly, especially, by journalists and other observers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, inquiring whether the Kashmiri society was concerned about social, cultural and environmental challenges in the valley given that only political upheaval and violence were reported or highlighted by media.

Second, the author has covered the entire spectrum of societal issues and challenges facing Kashmiri people over an 8-year period with the exception of politics given that politics gets all the exposure at the expense of REAL CHALLENGES that will likely result in irreversible degradation in the quality of life and the standard of living for future generations of Kashmiris to come.

The author stopped adding additional material to the Blog once it was felt that most, if not all, concerns, challenges and issues facing the Kashmiri society are cataloged in the Blog. There are over 1900 entries in the Blog and most commentaries include short biographical sketches of authors to bring readers close to the essence of Kashmir. Unfortunately, the 8-year assessment also indicates that neither Kashmiri civil society, nor intellectuals or political leadership have any inclination or enthusiasm in pursuing issues that do not coincide with their vested political agendas. What it means for the future of Kashmiri children and their children is unfathomable. But the evidence is all laid out.

This Blog is a reality check on Kashmir. It is a historical record of how Kashmir lost its way.

Vijay Sazawal, Ph.D.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally a State Subject Makes up the Tallest Mountain

Ram Singh is first State citizen to unfurl the flag of Jammu and Kashmir at the top of Mount Everest

SRINAGAR: Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda on Thursday congratulated Constable Ram Singh of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) for accomplishing the mission of scaling world’s highest peak, Mount Everest and unfurling the flag of Jammu and Kashmir Police at the top.

Greeting the team members of Indian Mount Everest North Col Expedition and Constable Ram Singh, Khoda said that it is like a dream come true for JKP that Ram Singh conquered the highest peak in the world. He said it is a moment of honour and pride not only for JKP but for the whole State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Khoda said after conquering the Nun Peak in 2007, the JKP today created history by conquering the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. He said Ram Singh and Sajjad Haider of JKP were put on intensive training, along with a group of police personnel under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs. He informed that on Thursday in the morning at 6 AM. Constable Ram Singh was successful in climbing up to the Mount Everest and Constable Sajjad Haider made it to the Advance Camp with the group. The Director General of Police said JKP besides combating insurgency has proved its worth in all other activities especially sports.

Previously JKP successfully climbed Nun Peak in the year 2007 and now the velour’s of JKP have became a part of this prestigious expedition. The success of the mountaineers of JKP has opened the doors for a full fledged police team for conquering the Everest on its own, he added. The Expedition Team was flagged off by the Director General of Police on 19th March at an impressive function held at PHQ Jammu.

(State Times)

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