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Mohammad Ashraf was born on August 25, 1943 in a middle class family living in the famous locality of Maisuma in Srinagar
Kashmir’s Job Market
(The outside workers in Kashmir both skilled and non-skilled result in an outflow of over Rupees 40 crores everyday which could be easily earned buy the locals if they were motivated and trained in various jobs!)
Kashmir’s neglected Elders!
(Traditionally Elders in Kashmir used to be given all the love and care but the “Modernisation” has left some of them isolated and lonely!)
(For last four days Kashmir has been claimed to be more or less “Peaceful” and situation is supposed to be under control but in reality it is the peace of the grave yard!)
(Afzal Guru was hanged to satisfy the collective conscience of the Indian Society but why are the Kashmiris in the entire valley being subjected to collective punishment?)
Are Taliban coming?
(The hot topic these days is that the Taliban are coming to liberate Kashmir after the Americans leave Afghanistan. Will they really come to Kashmir?)
Rock for “AZADI”!
(The “Rocking” controversy seems a deliberate attempt to disrupt the cultural milieu in Kashmir with a view to paint Kashmiris as hard core fundamentalists)
The scientist deserving acclaim!
(There is a Kashmiri saying that even the prophets have not been recognised by their own people, not to talk of ordinary humans!)
Change the mind-set first!
(Making laws more stringent and ensuring enforcement may give some relief to the harassed womenfolk but to guarantee their safety one needs to change the mind-set)
The Karakul Cap
(Wearing of a Karakul Cap seems to be symbolic in Kashmir for politicians especially of the mainstream genre!)
The worst ever power scenario!
(The unscheduled power cuts just at the beginning of the winter make one apprehensive that this year’s power scenario would be the worst ever experienced by the people of the valley)
LPG or Oxygen Cylinders?
(The way Kashmiris are being choked in every possible way, they should be looking for Oxygen Cylinders rather than LPG Cylinders!)
Kashmir’s freak weather
(Is the current weather in Kashmir a Nature’s freak or reversal of the cycle to good old days?)
“Let Kashmiris go to dogs!” (The present alarming situation of prowling stray dogs all over Kashmir has an uncanny angle of someone sadistically enjoying the spectacle and feeling somehow vindicated by their suffering!)
"Dog's Own Country!" - Kerala's global tourism brand is, "God's Own Country". The way things are shaping in Kashmir, our brand may soon be, "Dog's Own Country!"
Sun City goes to Dogs! (The historical city of Parvarsena and Ashoka has now become the abode of the dogs thanks to its denizens as well as rulers!)
Climate Change, Myth or Reality?
Cut Flowers Taking Off? (People are now getting seriously interested in the production and marketing of Cut Flowers. It is the right time for the Government to fully step in to boost the private sector)
Rearing Trout for Export (Large scale commercial trout farming holds tremendous scope for both export and local consumption apart from providing new avenues of employment)
Jammu Nostalgia - I have spent almost half of my life in Jammu right from the very birth, the reason being the durbar move. My late father who served in various capacities in the state government had to move in winter to Jammu. The recollection of the most of the events of those early days has gone blank with my fading memory but there are certain incidents of love and bonhomie which I vividly recall. I am sharing these with my friends in Jammu!
KIWIFRUIT in Kashmir (Growing Kiwifruit in Kashmir initiated by SKUAST is a revolutionary step towards changing the pattern of cash crops especially for export)
The Islands of Kashmir! (Unusual circumstances prevailing for a pretty long-time have converted every Kashmiri into an Island and he lives in a world of his own!)
The Traffic Mess (The Traffic Police are not the only culprits for the “Traffic Mess” in Srinagar. The malady is much deeper than it appears!)
The Explosive Unemployment (The rapidly growing number of educated unemployed youth in Kashmir is the most dangerous explosive material ready to blast anytime unless immediate practical measures are taken to defuse it!)
Kashmir’s Icons (In spite of the pessimism caused by the wavering attitude of the local leadership, Kashmiris can still take pride in having produced some unique personalities who could be the icons for the present society)
Biased Indian Media (The Indian Media especially the electronic one has made it a point to suppress, blackout, and even distort any news about Kashmir’s popular movement. Some of the so called media stalwarts even go overboard in hiding the stark facts to prove their “loyalty”)
Non-Resident Kashmiris in Healthcare (Chief Minister’s call to Non-Resident Kashmiris to actively participate in State’s Healthcare Projects is welcome but before extending the invitation, the system of facilitating their participation needs a drastic overhaul)
The Great Tulip Failure! (Kashmiris have been pinning for a Budshah but unfortunately we only get Jahangirs or sometimes even Tughlaqs!)
Last Rites for Dal (The present condition of this living heritage of Srinagar makes one feel that instead of restoration, we may be heading towards performing its last rites!)
Roads kill more than Militancy (Last year eight times more people were killed in road accidents than in militancy related incidents. Government should forget militants and pay more attention to this Road Rage!)
Agenda for Good Governance-IV (For the governance to be good, both the governed and the governing should be healthy, physically as well as mentally. Absence of proper Healthcare is a sign of the overall sickness of the society)
Agenda for Good Governance-III (The most important part of Good Governance having direct impact on the common people is the state of infrastructure and the availability of standard civic services)
Agenda for Good Governance-II (The basic requirement for “Good Governance” apart from prioritisation, planned implementation, and monitoring is an uncorrupted system)
Agenda for Good Governance-I (Prioritisation, planned implementation, monitoring, and accountability are the primary requirements of Good Governance)
The Forgotten People (The nightmarish experience of the people recently stuck in Suru valley is a stark reminder of the hard life led by these unfortunate people living in the remote areas of the State during winter)
Misplaced Priorities (For the present Kashmir, the Environment is priority no. 1)
Intra-Kashmir Trade (Trade would be more meaningful if it goes beyond the cross LOC syndrome!)
“Gilgit Transport Road” (This route which linked Kashmir to Silk Road through the picturesque Gurez valley has been totally forgotten!)
Storm over Land, Apathy for Dal
(If Kashmiris could rise en masse for saving the Land, why are they totally insensitive to dying Dal Lake?)
(Mere admission of failure does not help restoration of the Dal Lake)
Genesis of Corruption
(Only an unreasonable man can end it!)
Civil Aviation Bonanza
(Don’t Forget State’s Remote Areas)
Kashmir needs a Bud Shah not Jahangir!
(Tulips are welcome, but what about Dal?)
Inconvenient “Popular” Leaders
(Protecting individuals at the cost of general public!)
Save Kashmiri Language (Loss of language means loss of identity)
Myth of Jesus in Kashmir
The Forest Strikes Back!
A Troubled Paradise
Politicisation of Dal
Royalty on Sale
Shah-i-Hamadan on Citizens’ Rights
Train to Muzaffarabad
Indian Media and Kashmir
Kashmir’s Threatened Heritage
Apathy of Lotus Eaters
Kashmir’s Changing Landscape
Jammu Turns Cosmopolitan
Beyond the da Vinci code.
E-governance to mis-governance.
Restoring Kashmir’s heritage.
Planning process needs a change.
Dying Dal needs an I.C.U.
Destruction of Kashmir’s environment.
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