Underprepared and Inexcusable

Underprepared and Inexcusable
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Both the meteorological department and almost all weather portals have predicted inclement weather in Kashmir over the weekend. By and large, there is some degree of accuracy to these forecasts. So, in all likelihood, unless God wills otherwise, there is going to be either wet weather in the coming days or even snowfall. But, despite these forecasts and the warnings thereof, Kashmir is and continues to be under or even ill prepared to deal and cope up with the fallout. This underpreparedness is not new; it is a thematic issue in Kashmir that spans time and even space. While it could be rationalized in the past on account of inadequate or even non existing infrastructure, technological and other assorted reasons, but there now is no excuse for this underprepardeness. The reasons pertain to a bevy and a host of technological advancements. The question then is: why is Kashmir almost perpetually unable to deal with the fallout of inclement weather despite the known fact that the region is prone to this kind and type of weather? The answer is manifold but, in the main, revolves around the fact that the administration here is not only defined by inertia but also its capacities and capabilities have diminished over time, unable to cope up with escalating demographic pressures and other loads. Besides these structural reasons, there are also people issues involved. Those at the helm of affairs appear to be more worried and concerned about their personal gains and what have you over the overall welfare of the people. In combination, along with a host of other reasons, ensures that people are at the receiving end, suffering more intensely during the severe winters of Kashmir. But, there is also a positive side to this. The reference here is to the remarkable resilience that people of Kashmir have developed over the years against great odds that are stacked against them. (A foreign, especially, from the developed world would be amazed at the incredible resilience and resourcefulness of Kashmiris). But this neither exonerates nor bails out the administration here. That the people of Kashmir are resourceful is a positive statement on their resilience and a negative one on powers that be. Now, returning to the thematic issue here, against the backdrop of inadequate and poor preparedness of the administration against the backdrop of almost imminent inclement weather conditions in Kashmir, people will have to rely yet again on themselves and God!