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, May 24, 2012

It is all a Fake!

A commentary in the Greater Kashmir says it is the same old story

On Fake Appointments

This refers to the news “Fake Appointments scandal surfaces in Health Department” (GK, May 4, 2012). It is no way a matter of concern for those who are used to these scandals and ultimately get exposed sooner or later as and when the scandal comes to surface. However, there has been no action taken against the defaulters at the proper time. And it is evident that our society is poised for fake standards of life. We are not prepared for a fair deal in our administrative setup.

Fake appointment orders, fake currency, fake encounters, fake interviews, fake examinations and fake certificates have become the order of the day in our society. And our younger generation is, unfortunately, facing the brunt of malpractices, favouritism, nepotism and above all the malicious corruption, which are the ultimate motives behind such fake appointments. We cannot rule out the monitory considerations, which have promoted the higher authorities of the cadre of CMOs, BMOs and others alleged for appointment of doctors, Sr. Assistants, Jr. Assistant, Health Educators, Extension Educators, Field Workers, Safai Wallas in North Kashmir, South Kashmir, Budgam and Srinagar Districts without follow up of a proper recruitment process through Service Selection Board (SSB) on written or oral interviews.

It is the media that has all along given a thorough coverage to the scams and scandals masterminded in the administrative hierarchy of the State Government. The state of J&K has emerged as a leader in the list of most corrupt states of India. Those appointed on the merits of nepotism, favouritism and by greasing the palms of higher authorities are behaving as parasites and are only for the detriment of the meritorious, the eligible, capable and industrious youth of our society. They are made to run from pillar to post in search of jobs on the basis of their hard earned academic and technical qualifications in many streams of engineering, medicine, computers and business management etc.

The people of the State in general and the valley in particular have gone through untold miseries since the last more than two decades due to mass uprising, militancy and military related operations which have almost collapsed the government, the law and order machinery and the economic structure of the state. The Government in power has to examine the causes behind its failure from time to time so that its wrong policies of the past are not repeated in future and better governance is made possible.

In the words of the Governor of J&K State, Shri N. N. Vohra (GK May 12, 2012), “Poor governance fuels alienation, government must provide food, employment, education, security to the people. Our younger generation is our future leaders who will have to play a proactive role in eradicating corruption from our society. It is the corruption that leads to mis-governance, inequality, disparity in development of different regions.” Shri Vohra and other dignitaries expressed their views in a three-day international seminar on Peace, Conflict and Disturbance on economic development process at Kashmir University. Many dignitaries also spoke about achieving economic and financial stability in the State.

Poor governance brings forth many evils of corruption. The evil designers are looking for more ways to make fake appointments, bypassing the formal recruitment process. Such state of affairs makes the government organs helpless in dispensation of transparent governance.

G. N. Wadoo

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