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 1, 2012

Kashmir's Own "Babygate"

Javaid says we can not push this matter under a carpet

(Mr. Javaid Malik, 38, was born in Srinagar. He did his schooling from the Burn Hall High School, and completed his 11th and 12th grades from the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. After his graduation from the Madras University, he completed his Master's degree in Mass Communication from the Manipal University. Javaid has worked for various Srinagar based English language dailies since 2001. He joined the Greater Kashmir staff in 2005, and is now the Editor of the on-line edition.)

Baby Shock

Recently a new born baby stolen from Valley’s lone maternity hospital Lal Ded in Srinagar was recovered from south Kashmiri’s Pulwama district. People involved in the heinous crime were arrested and unfortunately they turned out to be the employees of the hospital.

The nameless newborn baby girl is craving for her mother’s love but the unfortunate soul is too innocent to realize that a few crooks for the sake of making quick money have taken her too far away from her parents. Oh! What a pity! The innocent angel may grow up without even knowing who her parents were.

When this baby grows up and becomes aware about what went wrong in her life soon after she was born one wonders how would she react? One thing is for sure that she would never forgive the crooks who changed her life for a few currency notes. The question she would ask is why did this happen to her?

The heinous crime of baby stealing in Kashmir should serve as an eye opener to all of us. Such crimes were never heard of in our society. One such case coming to fore has sent shockwaves across the Valley as people are finding it hard to believe that someone could be so cruel that he or she can snatch a baby from the cradle. One wonders what the hospital authorities would have told the couple whose baby was stolen. God only knows whether the parents of this unfortunate baby girl are even aware about the tragedy that has struck them. Police are investigating the case and media reports suggest that many people have come forward to adopt the baby, but the point is are any efforts being put to locate the biological parents of this untouched soul? One wonders whether the crooks who stole her have any idea about whose baby they stole?

Recently in New Delhi, media highlighted the story of a similar victim baby Falak for days together which led to the Police tracking her both parents. Let us hope Jammu and Kashmir Police also takes a cue from Delhi Police and leaves no stone unturned to locate her parents.

Another question which arises is, if a baby was stolen from the hospital why her parents didn’t lodge a police complaint and why nobody is turning up to claim her. One finds it difficult to believe that parents despite knowing that she is their baby are not coming forward. Police need to check the hospital records to ascertain how many babies were born on the day when this tender soul opened her eyes in this cruel world. Every possible effort needs to be put in to locate her parents and all the records need to be checked. This matter cannot be pushed under the carpet.
Crooks arrested in connection with this case need to be taught a lesson so that no one in future dares to commit such a heinous crime. It is really unfortunate that our society with each passing day is becoming more and more materialistic. Our ethos and values seem to have disappeared and the only thing we want is money. How it comes, we are least bothered. For it we don’t even mind selling stolen new born babies. Oh! What a shame!

It is the duty of Police officers investigating this case to bring truth to fore and make people aware about how this baby was stolen and what happened to her parents, and what do the hospital records state.

It is the duty of every citizen to rise to the occasion and act as a vibrant society. We cannot allow such cases to become a routine. One needs to appreciate all those good hearted persons who have come forward to adopt this tender soul this shows humanity in Kashmir is still alive. But that does not mean that we would allow anyone to dump his baby and some crook to sell it. Such issues touch our skin and we cannot just turn a blind eye and say it is not our concern. It obviously is our concern as we cannot allow our society to go astray. Let us wake up before it is too late.

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