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, March 18, 2011

The New Animal Farm

A topical editorial in the Rising Kashmir describes how sudden postings and transfers that are tailored to suite the elite ruling lobby has enslaved the political system completely

Of Transfers and Reshuffles

What started as a noble mission in 90s has now turned as one of the worst forms of nepotism from State Government towards the chosen few. Deceit has no form and people who commit it have no character. As rightly said by George Orwell in famous political satire, Animal Farm, all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

In the ongoing Assembly session the state government recently admitted that 161 doctors and paramedics posted in evening clinics created during the then Governor Jagmohan’s rule are still drawing salaries without doing any work. This is just the tip of the iceberg as transfer and posting mafia has plagued the administrative setup beyond repair. There is a well maintained rehabilitation policy to cater the relatives of elite politicians, bureaucrats, senior officers and other well connected and influential businessmen.

Pulp posting and transfers are tailored to suite this elite lobby which has enslaved the system completely in Rural Development, Social Welfare, Education and Health and all other major departments. This transfer mafia is actually a high end cashless corruption where give and take is not in form of money but the perks generated through such transfers help the blue-eyed class to create a stronger grip over power. Some time back in school education department its new director tried to quell this mess but had to eat the humble pie as pressure from different quarters crushed the resistance of change. This partiality for a particular class has affected the output of the departments which in turn affects the growth of the state and the society. There are valid candidates and officials who deserve to be on posts which are apt with their qualification and skills, but they never manage to have a hold on them just because some bureaucrat kith or kin wants to be placed there not because they are equally qualified, but it is nearer to there home or city. This cynical approach from the people who run the governing setup discourages the able and talented workers who want to help the society.

The top bracket of State administration has to lift themselves beyond this pity politics of reshuffles and transfers and instead clean up this muddle of unnecessary changes which will impart the much needed fresh air in the system and will allow it to breathe new air of creativity and energy.

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