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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fatal 2009: Road Accidents Increasing

Amazing that a booming city like Srinagar where road vehicles have tripled in the last decade is still without traffic lights

514 road accidents claim 63 lives, 537 injured: Report

Srinagar: About 63 people lost their lives while 537 were injured in 514 accidents across the city in 2009, a report prepared by Traffic Police says.

The report shows the number of killed in road accidents was 43 in 2008 and the accidents pick up pace in summers when both vehicular and pedestrian movements are high owing to Durbar move and tourist influx.

The reports suggest that the number of accident-related picked up pace in September 2009 when 10 people lost their lives in 60 accidents while July topped the accident rates in which seven people lost their lives in 66 road accidents.

Of all the accidents 62 accidents involved two-wheelers, while minibuses accounted for 56 accidents followed by Tata Sumo’s figuring in 31 accidents.

(Rising Kashmir)

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