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

Poor Kashmiri Work Ethic Created the Shopian Tragedy and Pulwama is Next

Astute observers may recall that it was the death of Shazia Akhtar due to negligence of Shopian doctors that set the stage for events a week later when bodies of Neelofar and Asiya turned up

6-month-old dies of doctors’ neglect

People protest against District Hospital Pulwama

Srinagar: Despite fifty-five doctors being posted here, the District Hospital Pulwama could not save the life of a six-months-old child who died for want of medical help during the preceding night.

Obviously then, irked by the neglect of the doctors and hospital administration, hundreds of people protested today against the hospital by blocking the Srinagar-Pulwama road for hours together, local news agency KNS reported.

According to the news agency, the angry protestors also attempted to set ablaze the hospital but it was owing to the timely intervention of the local elders that save it.

Giving details, the news agency reported that 6-months-old ailing son of one Javaid Ahmed Zargar was brought to the District Hospital Pulwama Monday night. However, there was no one there to help.

Zargar told KNS that only one doctor whom he identified as Dr. Abdul Gani was present in the hospital who refused to see his son citing that he was not a pediatrician.

After running from proverbial pillar to post crying for help, nobody in the hospital was ready to attend to the ailing child, Zargar said, adding that he moved from room to room trying to locate doctors or paramedics but nobody was ready to help him.

Zargar said he pleaded for an ambulance to rush his child to the Children’s Hospital in Srinagar but was denied even that.

It was only after some locals pleaded with the ambulance driver that Zargar was able to ferry his child to Srinagar but upon reaching the Children’s Hospital he was told by the doctors that he was late. His child had already died. They told him that the poor child could have been saved with timely medical help.

Tuesday morning hundreds of people came out on streets and protested against the hospital administration and absence of doctors. The protestor blocked the Srinagar-Pulwama road for hours.

It was only after Deputy Commissioner Pulwama reached the spot that the protestors could be pacified. He promised inquiry into the incident pledging that strict action would follow against the negligent hospital staff including the doctors.

KNS quoted DC Pulwama as confessing that the District hospital was plagued by severe indiscipline on part of doctors, who he said often remain absent from duties.

(Kashmir Images)

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