Dying Water Bodies

Dying Water Bodies
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On the planet earth, the creation of Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’ala, everything is in balance and equipoise. And, each created thing and being has a purpose, a role to play. But, we, humans, out of sheer greed, avarice and , at times, ignorance, harm this natural balance. Examples galore can be cited in support of this general observation, but with respect to Kashmir, one stands out. The reference here is to the marauding and decimation of our natural water bodies. Be it the once pristine and vast Anchar lake, the Tsooint kol, and other numerous water bodies across the length and breadth of Kashmir( which includes Dal lake) , almost all our water bodies are either disappearing or withered away. The reasons are not difficult to figure out. It is mainly greed, indifference, callousness and negligence that account for the death of our water bodies. Flawed and patronage based public policy, needless to say, is also among these odious reasons. The implications and consequences of all this can only be deleterious and grossly harmful to Kashmir’s natural ecosystem and ecological balance thereof. All this is happening against the backdrop of climate change which, contrary to assertions of “bad science” is real. The phenomenon of climate change is responsible for droughts, famines and freak weather patterns. The freak snowfalls that Kashmir has been witness to( or dry cold spells) might be attributable to climate change. Coupled together, climate change and the death of our water bodies can not only disturb grievously the natural ecological balance of Kashmir but will also have allied negative impacts on the flora and fauna of the region. This is not an exaggeration. Scientific and robust empirical evidence can corroborate and prove the point or observation. The question now is: can anything be done about our dwindling and dying water bodies? The answer is a qualified yes. Of course, there are some cases which are irredeemable. That is, these cannot be even salvaged. But, at the same time, there are water bodies, which can not only be salvaged but also restored to even their pristine glory. Key to this restoration would be ownership of our water bodies by the people of Kashmir. People must think and conceive of these as part of their selves and beings. If and once this happens, the degradation of these wont be allowed. Prudent and sensitive public policies can also help. In the ultimate analysis, water bodies along with everything else belong to Allah Subhanaha wa ta’ala. We are, by virtue of being His Creation, accountable before Him too for the upkeep of these..