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, December 25, 2009

Missing Work Ethic

Kashmir's ability to "take it easy" has no limits

Valley’s Sick Work Culture

40 officials found absent from duty in Khansahib

Budgam: In a classic example of poor work culture in the government offices of valley, 40 officials were found unauthorizedly absent from duty in Khansahib, Budgam.

The officers and officials belong to SDH Khansahib, Municipal Committee Khansahib, Subdistrict Agriculture office, Agriculture Extension office, PHC, ShamsAbad and CDPO Khansahib.

According to a government statement, on the instructions of Deputy Commissioner, Budgam the Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Amin during his inspection of various departments in the district found the officials absent. The action under rules has been initiated against them and the Deputy Commissioner has taken serious notice on the report submitted by ADC, the statement added.

(Rising Kashmir)

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