Out of Gear

Out of Gear
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The more things change, the more they remain the same is an adage that perhaps applies to Kashmir in some dimensions very eloquently. The region is a place where inclement weather, especially during winter, is an indelible fact of life. But, time and again, the administration is caught unawares. The snowfall since yesterday that has basically thrown life totally out of gear, is a case in point. The administration was caught napping. Roads have not been cleared; there was water logging in the city and essential services , in the least, many or most of these have been found wanting. This is in the nature of a travesty that keeps on repeating itself in Kashmir. But, yet no sound and robust plan of action has been neither devised let alone implemented to deal with these issues and thereby make the lives of people easier. One reason for this is the general inertia that pervades the administration here. The other is the “chalta hai” attitude and approach. Both, in conjunction, make life extremely difficult for the people here when the weather takes a turn for the worse. This should and must change. There are or must be an innumerable number of people who have to suffer for no fault of theirs , just because no effective measures are taken to counter the ill effects of weather like snowfalls or freak weather patterns. Given the nature and depth of the inertia that defines the administration, there can be no real change that redounds to the benefit and ease of people. But, in terms of essential services, a lot can be done and must be done. There must an early response time which assists the early response teams thereof in pre empting and mitigating the fallout of inclement weather. In this day and age, where technology has become embedded in our lives, early response can be aided significantly by weather warnings and what have you. The suggestions delineated here are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There’s a lot more than can and must be done. However, if things continue the way are, then people must take recourse to collective action. That is, they must roll up their sleeves and within their localities create and develop self help groups wherein they take upon themselves to clear, deal and mitigate the effects of snow , rain and other forms of inclement weather.