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, April 18, 2010

The "Dirty Ten" Among Traffic Violators

An interesting study "captures" the offending professions

Traffic Dept Catalogs Top 10 Violators

Nazir A Ganaie (Rising Kashmir)

Srinagar: The traffic department has cataloged top ten traffic rules violators in which businessmen lead the list followed by students and those associated with health and medicine sector.

According to the officials, the latest statistics is an outcome of survey conducted by the department to track down top ten violators from all sections of society.

“Profession-wise businesspersons top the list followed by students, medical fraternity members,” SP Traffic–Kashmir Showkat Hussain Shah told Rising Kashmir. He said the survey was conducted for three months started from January this year.

Next in the list are engineers, while lawyers and advocates fall on the fifth rank.

The list also mentions policemen in civvies who are running ahead of journalists, political parties’ workers, J&K Bank employees and finally the academicians in violating the traffic rules.

About how the categorization was done, the official said: “The number of challans registered against each individual was categorized according their profession which later brought out these figures. And the reason for violating traffic rules also have been found varying from one profession to another” he said.

According to the survey, about 30 challans are impose on the businessmen every day who are mostly found driving without insurance, talking on mobile phone while driving, wrong parking and using private cars to ferry goods.

Students are imposed with 25 challans every day who are found riding bikes without crash helmets; fail to produce necessary documents, besides for over -speeding and over-taking offences.

Five to six challans are imposed on offenders who come from medical fraternity every day. Many reasons have been found that include using mobile phones, wrong parking and failure to produce necessary documents.

Engineers of various departments who are fourth in the violators list are mainly held for wrong parking offences and about four to five challans are imposed every day against this section of society.

Lawyers are mainly found in arguing, misbehaving and failing to produce the required documents and disobeying traffic rules and signals.

This section of society faces three to four challans every day.

Police in mufti are ranked sixth according to the list and are mostly found overtaking, taking wrong turns and disobeying with the traffic cops.

Every day three challans are imposed against offenders of this group.

Journalists confront three challans every day for using mobile phones, over speeding, taking wrong turns, misbehaving. Most of the photojournalists face punishment for riding bikes without crash helmets.

Then comes the number of workers and loyalists of political parties and J&K Bank employees. Three challans are slapped against both groups every day.

The tenth group of violators is those associated with education department. This group receives two challans every day for wrong parking and driving without license.


1. Businessmen

2. Students

3. Health workers

4. Engineers,

5. Lawyers

6. Police in civvies

7. Journalists

8. Political parties’ workers

9. J&K Bank employees

10. Academicians

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