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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Has the Legislative Assembly Woken up From its Slumber?

A clear case of too little, too late .....

LA Committee Calls for Proper Environment Management

Jammu: Seeking its intervention, the Environment Committee of J&K Legislative Assembly (LA) today asked the Government to take up issues related to environment on priority, considering the significance and bearing environment has on the overall economy of the State and its geographical grandeur.

The Committee, which met here today under the Chairmanship of MLA Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, said that prior to submission of the final report to the House, some immediate measures are needed to be taken to save the State from economic and geographical disaster.

The Committee suggested that declining water table and natural beauty of the State, particularly, the Kashmir Valley demands focused attention also suggested that guidance should be sought from the Union Ministry of Environment, and efforts should also be made to find out models which can help the State in planning the environment management.
The Committee is submitting a comprehensive report based on the inputs received from various field agencies and through personal observations during its tenure and it would be impressed upon the House to ensure that environment is made a priority measure in the State without which, the Committee feels neither resources can be protected nor be productively enhanced and it was also not possible to have an ideal environmental atmosphere for posterity.

The Committee felt that enough wisdom and knowledge is available at global level on environment concerns and hoped that J&K State, for its past glory and unprecedented environmental personality, will not lag behind and sees the opportunity for making J&K an adequately environment friendly State.

Legislators, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Peer Mohammad Mansoor, Bimla Luthra, Krishen Chander, Mushtaq Ahmad and other concerned senior officers attended the meeting.

(Kashmir Images)

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