Illegal Constructions

Illegal Constructions

As the city limits become circumscribed and as there is pressure on urban habitats and land, unethical and illegal construction activity is taking place in the precincts of Srinagar and perhaps in many parts of Kashmir. This kind and type of activity can only happen with the connivance of unscrupulous elements within the administration. This […]

Non Availability of Medicine(s)

Non Availability of Medicine(s)

Non availability of medicines especially at the SMHS has not only irked patients and their caretakers but also put them in severe distress. The problem is twofold: one is financial and the other is logistical. Some medicines, subsidized by the hospital authorities are disbursed free of cost to patients. This relieves the financial burden on […]

Talent, Talent Everywhere But..

Talent, Talent Everywhere But..

There is an axiomatic fact that needs to be told: talent has no color, creed nor caste nor any such attributes like these. Talent is talent. And, at the risk of sounding ethnocentric, Kashmir has and is defined by an abundance of talent. But, there is a sad and even tragic undertone to this: our […]

A Welfare Society

A Welfare Society

Viewed from an economic perspective, our society is in the shape of a pyramid. The top(but tiny) portion of the pyramid is held by a very narrow and wealthy elite; below this triangle are the somewhat relatively wealthy middle classes and below this , the portion is occupied by the poorer classes of society. There […]

Corruption and Patronage

Corruption and Patronage

The alternative to governance in Kashmir by the “mainstream” political classes has been the politics of patronage and corruption thereof. The medium of these have even the non political institutions of the region and naturally the sufferers of blatant patronage have been the people of Kashmir. Generally and philosophically speaking, corruption eats the vitals of […]

Safety and Security of Kashmiri Students

Safety and Security of Kashmiri Students

A Kashmiri engineering student was assaulted with iron rods and knives by a group of persons, among them his neighbours and fellow students, at his rented residence in Chandigarh on Friday night. The student in contention, a final-year student in computer engineering at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, has sustained injuries in his back, left arm, […]

Insurance Scam

Insurance Scam

The insurance policy(ies) made mandatory for the employees of the administration has been scrapped in only about a month’s time since it was made mandatory. Apparently, and on the face of it, the policy was riddled with loopholes, inconsistencies and so on. In short, it was a large fraud and scam. While it is good […]

A Concrete Jungle

A Concrete Jungle

A walk through any metropolis of the world would reveal the obvious: how much care, diligence and hard work go onto maintaining and even developing a green cover in these cities. Even Dubai, essentially in the nature of an oasis in the desert can boast of having a stupendous green cover. But, alas, the same […]

On Predation of Women

On Predation of Women

As the Me Too movement gains some traction in this part of the world, what is and remains somewhat obscured and under the wraps are forms of sexual abuse and predation that its victims are unable to articulate. There are essentially two forms of this predation: one is of those victims who are either not […]

Institutional Safeguard(s)

Institutional Safeguard(s)

Touchwood, by and large, and except for some egregious instances, Kashmir’s work places have been and are free from the blight of sexual predation. Of course, this assertion holds in relative terms. There can be under or (un) reported instances of these cases here. As a collective and institutional response, the Kashmir Editor’s Guild( KEG) […]