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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fake Doctors Operating in Srinagar's Premier Medical Facility

Kashmiri gullibility to trust one and all creates problems everywhere

Fake Doctors Busy In SMHS, Held

Srinagar: In an audacious case of impersonation, two persons, one of them a woman, have been found to be posing as doctors in Srinagar’s premier medical facility, the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, and looting gullible patients and their attendants right under the noses of authorities.

Both were arrested in a sudden operation by the Karan Nagar police today, and have confessed to their counterfeit activities.

Identified as Parvez Ahmad Sheikh of Bemina and Rabia of Barzulla, the duo was caught red-handed extracting money from patients after the police sealed off the hospital and began a hunt for the fake doctors.

Clad in white aprons with very medical-looking stethoscopes dangling around their necks, the twosome would pursue unsuspecting patients with their assurance and sweet talk, and make them part with their money.

Though it is possible to pass muster in the hospital bustling with white-coated and stethoscope-toting figures for some time, it is not clear how the duo avoided rousing suspicion for so long in the busy premises where doctors are a close-knit community.

When contacted, the Karan Nagar police confirmed arresting only one person, saying that a case had been registered and further investigations started.

(Kashmir Observer)

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