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Sajad Ahmed Kichloo Stated, “I believe biggest priority is to ensure that basic amenities are delivered to masses.”

Nazir Ahmed Khan (Gurezi) Stated, “Our efforts would be mainly directed towards ushering peace and prosperity in the state. “

Ghulam Ahmed Mir, stated, “Tourism is a key sector of the economy of the state .”

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Abdul Majeed Wani Stated, “There is a sea of expectations among the people after the cabinet reshuffle.”

Viqar Rasool stated,”We will introduce an era of work culture especially in the Technical & Medical Education.”

Mohammad Akbar Lone Stated-“Only time will tell how efficiently I would be able to deliver in the coming times.”


January 21-27, 2013

Cabinet Rejig




As it was expected that in the year 2013 state government would start preparations for 2014 elections. The process started with in the first month through recent rejig in the cabinet. Even Chief Minister Omar Abdullah himself said, “it was not to show any body inferior change was aimed towards 2014 elections,”. Although, few key players retained their portfolio, but over all there was comprehensive change. It is a major reshuffle in the four-year-old tenure, of State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and bought in seven new faces. The reshuffle was on the cards after chief minister Omar Abdullah took charge of two portfolios from the Congress share when public works minister GM Saroori and education minister Peerzada Sayeed were divested of their responsibilities. There were also reports that some leaders being unhappy over the failure to get a Cabinet berth while some were disappointed for being asked to take over command of party affairs from ministerial posts. However Omar told that it was not to show any one inferior. Besides, 2014 election preparations the recent reshuffle is also aimed to provide maximum representation to the people. Chief Minister also exhorted the party members to gear up for the 2014 assembly polls and apprises people about the achievements of the state government. Albeit Omar has constituted a new team retained old biggies for a new start. But there are few members who have blotted past. For example, former state Assembly Speaker Mohammed Akbar Lone of NC has often been in the thick of controversy over repeated verbal duels with opposition PDP and Ghulam Ahmed Mir, a Congress MLA staged a comeback after he was discharged of all the charges by a CBI court in connection with the 2006 sex scandal. Now when an effort has been made to rejuvenated the overall governance by injecting fresh blood, hopes remain high that in the coming time Omar and his team would be able to deliver a good team work.



ero depreciation policies are the latest fab in motor insurance and are slowly turning out to be a hit with buyers of top and mid segment cars. As opposed to comprehensive cover, this cover offers full settlement without any write-off for depreciation. Normal motor car policies pay only 50 percent of plastic/rubber parts and 5 to 50 percent deduction on metallic/ glass parts in accident claims. The only downside to these policies is that they cost a bit more than the normal policies. IRDA allowed these policies to make their entry into the Indian market about two years ago. The reason behind the success of these policies is that in standard motor policies the customer has to pay a big amount for fixing rubber and plastic parts, and a hefty portion of the repairing cost has to be borne by the customer. The zero depreciation policy compensates the claim fully for a premium amount which is around 20 percent higher than the normal cover. Feedback from those covered by zero depreciation insurance appears to indicate that they could not care less for dents and scratches suffered by their cars while driving, since expensive repairs can be availed of, almost free of cost. ASC body shops also report that a majority of accidental damages repaired by them seem to be covered by zero depreciation insurance, and owners display a cavalier attitude about accidents, asking the workshops to fix their cars “as good as new”, whatever be the expense. It may not be too long before insurance companies wake up to the truth of losing money through heavy claims by those insured under zero depreciation insurance cover, and discontinue the facility. Currently Zero depreciation policy is for four wheels only but now New India plans ‘zero depreciation policy’ for two-wheelers. Country’s largest general insurer New India Assurance is actively considering launching a ‘zero depreciation policy’ in the two-wheeler insurance segment after launching the same in the four-wheelers space, a top company official said. “The company is actively considering to come up with a zero depreciation policy for two-wheelers, which is already being offered for cars,” the official told

PTI. Currently, the product is under the actuarial study to consider its viability, after which it will be filed for regulatory approval, he added. In a zero depreciation policy, the customer gets replacement of its old parts with a new one in case of a need, which is not the case in the normal car insurance, for a nominally higher premium. Some of other insurance players are providing zero depreciation policy for cars and the public insurer is actively considering launching such product in the two wheelers segment. On the dismantling of the ‘declined motor pool’, which is currently in force in the commercial vehicle segment, the official said the system should be continued for some more time before making any judgment over its sustainability. Is Zero Depreciation Insurance policy ‘Promoting Careless Driving’? According to a survey about 80% people said No while remaining 20% said Yes. Those who don’t agree with linking of 0% policy say it does not impact the way we drive. It just is an expensive option to give us greater peace of mind. In the USA we do find vehicles covered upto 100% of the cost in most cases (except when stolen - where in depreciated cost comes into play). In India Insurance really does not offer the kind of peace of mind it should and we do not get what is rightfully ours. The full coverage system that we can opt for now takes away the chance for the insurance company handling this in an adhoc manner - which is good. Don’t really believe that we would drive any worse. Infact the kind of people who would take such a cover (paying the higher charge) are likely to be those really concerned about their vehicle and who would like to avoid even a scratch. On the other hand the ones who agree say, 0% dep policies are being abused, for example if a person a claim under 0% depreciation for a very lightly damaged like a panel of his car, it would be REPLACED by the automobile dealership since according to policy it is to be treated as “UNREPAIRABLE”. A consumer also didn’t care because the swap is not costing him anything. However, honestly if the consumer would have to pay 30% / 40% of the panel value, it is for sure the same panel would be REPAIRED and not replaced.



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013




“Why can’t the same Lakshman-Rekha apply to men who think it’s their birth right to impose limits on women.

n 16 December 2012 whole India was in for a shock as a female physiotherapy intern was beaten and brutally gang raped in Delhi. She succumbed to her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore for brain and gastrointestinal damage. The gruesome incident took place when she and her male companion after watching a film in South Delhi in the early evening, boarded a bus, which was being driven as an unauthorized “joyride”, thinking it was a public bus. Pertinently, the only other passengers on the bus were five men who were friends of the driver. All six, including the driver, were charged in connection with the assaults and have been arrested. After this gruesome attack, she was taken to Safdarjang Hospital, received multiple surgeries, and was placed on mechanical ventilation. On 26 December, she was moved to Singapore for further treatment, where she died three days later on 29 December. The incident immediately after being duly highlighted by both print and electronic gate generated wide national outrage with protests taking place in different cities of India especially the ones that have been carried out in Delhi. India Gate and places like Jantar Manter became hubs of agitating protesters. The protests also received International coverage and also proved the vulnerability of being women in India where the BBC points out rape is reported every 21 minutes. This horrific act was also condemned by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, who called on the Government of India and the Government of Delhi “To do everything in their power to take up radical reforms, ensure justice and reach out with robust public services to make women’s lives more safe and secure”. After generating a lot of hue and cry from media and civil society one hoped that this horrific incident would act as a “catalyst” to bring the perpetrators of heinous crime like rape to justice and in making concrete policy to address crimes against women in India. But within two weeks the hopes have been dashed with some of the “absurdist statements of human history” given by prominent men of India and media falling into trap by giving these wild statements undue coverage. A well known Hindu spiritual guru, Asharam Bapu, sparked an outcry when he said the New Delhi victim was equally responsible and should have “chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers” to stop the assault. Every logic makes this statement sound horrible as chanting names in front of criminals and gangsters has never helped in

the human history. Shamefully, this has also meant giving sanction to gruesome behavior and thus putting question mark on mental wisdom of this Guru. Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the proHindu radical outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that underpins the country’s main opposition political party (BJP), said rapes only occur in Indian cities, not in its villages, because women there adopt western lifestyles. Bhagwat had stated “Rapes occur in urban India not in rural “Bharat”. It seems Mohan Bhagwat has crossed all limits of illiteracy as rural India which he calls as “Bharat” has also very high rate of rapes and other crimes committed against women. Just in month of October,2012, rural Haryana witnessed rape of 11 women belonging to so called lower castes. Pertinently Bhagwat needs to be taught that in rural India, rapes are common, but justice for victims is not In the sadistic circle of insanity also entered the Madhya Pradesh Minister Kailash Vijaywargiy when he stated that only when Sitaji crossed the Lakshman Rekha, she was kidnapped by Ravan... “If Sitaji [woman] crosses the Lakshman Rekha, then Sitaharan [abduction] is bound to take place as Ravans are out there,” stated Vijaywargiy . Every sane women had just this utterance in response to this nonsensical statement-“Why can’t the same Lakshman-Rekha apply to men who think it’s their birth right to impose limits on women. And who gives men the authority to “punish” women?. “Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives,” Azmi, a member of Maharashtra Assembly Samajwadi Party said. At a time when the need is to talk of justice and policy mechanism Azmi clearly brought an unrelated issue to fore thus making mockery of his own political acumen. Foolishness and uncivilized thinking from Indian men crossed all limits when the lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang rape and murder of a medical student stated that he had not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court . “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect,” said lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma. So in a way Manohar Lal Sharma tried to glorify criminal mentalities and put every blame on the victim thus proving a blot to insight of entire legal fraternity. After brutal Delhi Gang Rape it looks eminently clear that rather going into soul searching and finding solutions one is forced to observe that “Have Indian Men Gone Mad”?.



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

A DATE WITH SNOW I walked upon the road, but found none for me; So desperate to talk, while walking a silent sea; Suddenly i heard a voice, as it whispered in my ear; Don’t go away from here, just coming to meet you there; I sat on a bench, watching the sky above me; I felt as if the sky was desperate to talk to me; Suddenly the sky went dark; a snowflake touched my hand; WRITES SHAHZAD HUSSAIN HAMDANI

I stood up on the bench and asked to touch again; As if my voice was heard, it started snowing heavily; Let’s Date tonight with snow, I crossed my arms within me; I got a cup of coffee, I tosted it with the flake I snow flake touched my coffee, to make me sweeter again, Suddenly the sky went clear, the snowflakes stopped to fall, Oh! My Date you going back home, but alot was till to talk I snow flake in my coffee, whispered in my ear, I fell in the silent sea, to live forever so near, Whenever you want a Date, i won’t fall again Just come close to me, just touch the silent sea.



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

Cabinet Re-Shuffle Analysis


The Kashmir Scenario attempts a detailed analysis on the big development from ground zero.


ecently, in a major reshuffle of his four-year-old ministry, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dropped 6 NC ministers in first Cabinet reshuffle with an eye on 2014 electoral battle. Pertinently, Seven new faces from National Conference, including the speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone, were inducted into the ministry after six ministers, including close aide of CM NasirAslamWani, who was holding five portfolios, resigned. Congress too, dropped a senior minister, but inducted three newfaces in the council of ministry. The Ministers who took over their responsibilities included Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Planning and Development, Labour and Employment, Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Tourism, Gh. Ahmed Mir; Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs , Mir Saif-ullaha; Minister of State Science & Information Technology (Independent charge), Medical Education, School Education, Youth Services and Sports; Feroz Khan and Minister of State Animal & Sheep Husbandry (Independent charge) PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Horticulture, Agriculture and Floriculture, Nazir Gurezi; MoS Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo . The Kashmir Scenario attempts a detailed analysis on the big development from ground zero. The Omer Abdullah led

coalition Government started its journey from the year 2009. Since then the government has always been criticised of corruption and human rights violations. These allegations have come not only from the opposition parties but also from many civil and Human right groups. The first incident which shook the coalition government came in the year 2009 when, the Tragedic incident of “Rape and Murder” happened in the Shopian district. The government was accused of putting an end to the investigation. While the Shopian case was still fresh in the minds of people, Kashmir witnessed a wide spread killing of Kashmiri youths at the hands of Police and CRPF in the year 2010. At that time the government assured investigation and punishment to all those who will be proved guilty, but all those investigations are still pending and many such investigation failed on the ground of lack of Proof, as in the case of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo. In the year 2011, the chief Minister was accused of getting a party fixer, Haji Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah murdered. The commission exonerated Omar and his aides and instead held two police personnel, a deputy Superintendent of Police- Bashir Ahmad and a constable Nazir Ahmad, responsible for not discharging their duties properly. The commission said Shah had died of heart attack and no suspicious circumstances could be spelt out. Shah was called at Omar’s residence to confirm the allegations of taking money from

two NC workers for fetching them berths in Legislative Council and the state council of minister. Omar had reportedly handed him over to the crime branch on Sept 29, 2011 where he died in mysterious condition. After completing 4 yrs of service in Dark and light, the government, keeping in view the upcoming 2014 elections and also the reputation it has generated in the eyes of the people of the state, dropped six National Conference and one Congress ministers from his present council. They included NasirAslamWani, S.S. Slathia, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Abdul Gani Malik, Aga Syed RuhullahMehadi and Javid Ahmed Dar – all National Conference, besides R S Chib of Congress who had been a member of the State Legislative Council. Apart from giving a new look to his government, the entire reshuffle exercise, sources said, was aimed at satisfying the aspirations MLAs who had been complaining of government discrimination to their areas for want of any representation in the ministry. While doing so, the Chief Minister retained most of his senior cabinet colleagues and veteran National Conference leaders in his ministerial team. The decision taken in the cabinet reshuffle also had surprises, with the dropping of Chief Minister’s political advisor DevenderRana, who enjoyed the status of minister of state, and Minister of State for Home NasirAslamWani. Both were considered very close to Omar Abdullah and they always had a say in all important matters of administration due to their close proximity to him. Terming the recent reshuffle in the state Cabinet and the National Conference cadres a part of preparations for the 2014 assembly polls, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said “it was not to show any body inferior”. “It was difficult for me to decide about choosing ministers-- and their selection --What I did I have no regret-- it was not to show any body inferior-- change was aimed towards 2014 elections,” he said. While omer Abdullah



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

Imperious Authoritarianism in the Garb of Modernity



t has become all too common for T.V. anchors to demand that an M.P. or minister who makes a frivolous or politically offensive statement should be forthwith forced to resign by his party or that a spiritual guru who holds antiquated views must be taken to task and immediately disowned by all his devotees as scum of the earth. Some of the TV anchors turn outright abusive to prove their reformist zeal. For example, much as I disliked Asaram Bapu’s stupid statements on rape, the abusive harangues he was subjected to in absentia for hours on end, the tsunami of pejoratives used against him, the attempt to bully Sri Sri Ravishankar, Baba Ramdev and Guru Vasudev Jaggi into calling him names made me far more angry at the TV anchors who exceeded all limits on January 7 than I was at Asaram’s stupid statement. Fortunately each of these spiritual gurus stood their ground and remained dignified in distancing themselves from Asaram’s thoughtless statement. Apart from sense of priorities gone haywire, the bigger question is: Do our media men want to create a world in which everyone thinks alike, everyone mouths politically correct platitudes? A world in which there is no space for divergence of views or foolish people? A world in which anyone who makes a statement which does not meet with the moral and political standards set by T.V. anchors and their handpicked guests must have their heads roll instantly-- be either locked up in jail or banned out of existence? All such self appointed social reformers should remember that even authoritarian Nazi, Stalinist or Maoist regimes- each of which carried out unprecedented genocides to create an intellectually homogeneous society failed in their mission. What if the same logic is used

by the government to take strict action against those who offend the sensibilities of the ruling establishment? What if a large mass of people –who feel extremely agitated at the partisan politics of our news channels, the politically dubious role played by many media men, were to demand strict censorship laws to bring under control all those who misuse their position as journalists, editors and News Anchors- many of who convert T.V studios into daily kangaroo courts to demand vigilante style justice? Therefore, in their own self interest, our media persons should know their legitimate domain and limits. Their job is first and fore most to inform and not to browbeat people to “reform”. This world must have place for all- the foolish, the mentally retarded, self hating, as well as those with “conservative” views. The only lakshman rekha we need to draw is that you can’t act to harm others based on your misogynist or foolish views. When you cross that line, the law enforcement agencies must step in to refrain you and hold you to account. Even gods and goddesses not spared: Their demand for uniformity does not stop at political views on contemporary issues. Their diktats extend to religious practices, rituals and even the conduct of gods and goddesses. I decided to write this after witnessing poor Rahul Easwar, one of the young hereditary priests of Sabarimala being flagellated on Tv for the Nth time on 7 Jan 2013, for allowing the presiding deity of his temple to shun the company of female devotees. Just as our colonial rulers with their faith in the superiority of their monotheistic faith, despised Hindu religious practices, with their millions of gods and goddesses, our modern day missionaries can’t stand the temperamental nuances of our diverse deities. They have no problem in accepting that women are barred inside friaries meant to house Catholic priests who have taken a vow of celibacy. But they can’t stomach the idea of a male deity who has likewise vowed eternal celibacy avoiding the company of women. They take it upon themselves to cure this kink because in their moral universe with its borrowed vocabulary, this amounts to misogyny and gender discrimination! Rahul Easwar has asked each T.V anchor who has grilled him over the years, how would they deal with all those temples which only allow female devotees, where the presiding goddess forbids men’s entry? Would they likewise force “women only” temples to open their doors to men? Not one has ever condescended to answer this simple question; nor did any of the anchors tone down their aggression or hostility towards Rahul’s intelligent defence of his faith and his Ishta dev. Following in the footsteps of our British rulers, who despite their

disdain for our gods and goddesses, took away shiploads of priceless ancient idols to display as art objects in their museums and their living rooms, so also our westernized elites have taken to displaying paintings, bronze and stone carved idols of diverse gods and goddesses as decoration pieces in their homes as proof of their aesthetic lifestyle. But their disdain for those who treat them as objects of worship remains as ferocious as that of our colonial rulers. If that were not the case, they would have no difficulty in appreciating that Hindu divinities are not unknowable, distant creatures like the God of Semitic religions. They have distinct personalities, character traits, likes, dislikes. Even in matters of food, floral offerings, pooja ritual, each deity has his or her preferences. For example, Ganesh loves modak but Hanuman ji prefers boondi ka laddoo. There are Shiv temples where devotees offer ganja as prasad. Some devatas only accept liquor as an offering. Even though all goddesses are different manifestations of the great Shakti, yet in their different avatars, they have their unique demands. Vaishno Devi cannot stand even the smell of meat, so the entire area is vegetarian. But in her Kali roop at Kalighat, devotees believe she demands animal sacrifice. If you don’t respect their unique temperaments, you are free not to worship them and choose the devata or devi that suits your taste. Even the most illiterate and illiberal among Indians do not insist on uniformity of rituals or modes of worship. They let each faith group, each sect decide for itself how to define their relationship to their chosen deity, what foods to offer her, what modes of worship they think appropriate to express their devotion and how they interpret her likes or dislikes. This spontaneous, mutual respect for differences in ways of being, ways of worship, singing, dancing, clothing, cooking and so on, is what enabled the rich diversity of India to survive through ages. But our self proclaimed modern liberals can’t deal with these lived forms of diversity. They can only relish in museumized versions such as folk dances on Republic Day or as consumer good. For example, possessing a collection of Kanjeevaram, Ikat, Chanderi, Patola sarees, Madhubani and Worli paintings, Moradabad brassware, wood carving from Kashmir, Tanjore paintings, Rajasthani miniatures etc. is a fashion statement. But the moral universe of those who create these diverse art objects is unacceptable. It is assumed that they all need a dose of reform to cleanse them of antiquated beliefs and values. It is time the imperious missionaries of “liberalism” understand that our temples are not meant to be tourist centres-where entry must be free for all.



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

It has to been seen whether the new Mantra of Omer Abdullah will work and the remaining two years with almost a new team.

takes the recent re-shuffle as a positive note keeping in view the upcoming 2014 elections, some sections inside the national conference camp are unhappy over the decision. While Omar was making reference to reports on some leaders who were disappointed for being asked to take over command of party affairs from ministerial posts and some being unhappy over the failure to get a Cabinet berth, on the other side senior Congress leader from the Chenab Valley and former R&B Minister G M Saroori blamed the state Congress President Saifud-Din Soz for being responsible for his exclusion from the reshuffled state cabinet. He further accused Soz of weakening the party in the state, and said that he become victim of a conspiracy and was been deceived by his own party.” In order to analyse the hope and reaction to the recent re-shuffle, Malik Sajid; EditorIn-Chief of The Kashmir Scenario interacted with some experts to know there opinion and also with some newly induced ministers to know the strategy they will follow for the remaining two years. Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Minister for tourism in an exclusive interaction stated, “Tourism is a key sector of the economy of the state .But I would like to make it clear that the people have to continuously provide us with peaceful atmosphere and people associated with this trade have a special part in projecting Kashmir as a hospitable destination. In our Part, the Tourism Ministry would make all efforts to attract tourists to the state.” Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Abdul Majeed Wani Stated, “There is a sea of expectations among the people after the cabinet reshuffle. We will strive very hard with the help of Allmighty to fulfill the expectations of masses. One has to bear in mind that all of us have to be realistic while displaying our duties. One cannot also deny the fact that there is a perception that BEACON is performing brightly when compared to a vast Department like R&B. Actually, a lot of commitments have been made in the past which have not matched factual results of ground.” MOS (Independent

Charge) of Technical Education, Minister of State for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, Rural Development and Panchayats, Social Welfare, Power, Hospitality & Protocol, Information and Consumer Affairs & Public Distributio;, Viqar Rasool stated,”We will introduce an era of work culture especially in the Technical & Medical Education. In this regard, we will work day and night .The ministry would also go all out to upgrade the Polytechnic colleges and I have setup the committee to look into the dynamics and paradigms related to functioning of these colleges .To introduce new streams, uplifting the existing infrastructure, to study the more comprehensive model of polytechnic colleges would be my priority.” MOS (Independent Charge) of Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Horticulture, Agriculture & Floriculture; Nazir Ahmed Khan (Gurezi) Stated, “Our efforts would be mainly directed towards ushering peace and prosperity in the state. The ministry would look the actual reach of water schemes and improve its availability especially in the far flung areas. There is also a dire need to improve the overall health of Animal Husbandry Department and achieve self –sufficiency in the livestock. We will also introduce latest breeds so as to increase production.” MOS (Independent Charge) of Industries & Commerce, Minister of State for Home, R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Housing & Urban Development, Tourism & Culture; Sajad Ahmed Kichloo Stated, “I believe biggest priority is to ensure that basic amenities are delivered to masses. We need to work hard on ground to make the life of people easier. We also need to make the Police Department very much people friendly. In this relation, a conducive atmosphere has to be created for which we would undertake different activities to improve police-public relation. The biggest prerequisite for peace in the state is a friendly relation between masses and police.” While talking to another newly induced Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone Minister who has

also been the former Speaker of the State Assembly said“Only time will tell how efficiently I would be able to deliver in the coming times. My doors are always open for the common masses so that their problems get readdressed in a timely manner. I am quite positive that I would aptly fulfil the given responsibilities,” Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Mohammad Ilyas a social activist said, “The recent Cabinet Reshuffle is a mere joke and just replacement of one corrupt face by the other corrupt face. The masses have no hope left from this corrupt setup and this cabinet reshuffle has virtually no meaning for the problem hit masses of the state,” Another person, Imtiyaz Wani, a Businessman said, “The government has taken a good initiative to give opportunity to other young ministers, even though the time is less for them to deliver, but hope that whatever they will deliver will be good for the people of the state.” A student of Kashmir University, Bakir Malik Said, “I think the cabinet reshuffle move by the Chief Minister is a very wise move especially for his party since the state is heading for elections next year. For a commoner like me, whoever is induced as a minister, it doesn’t matter as long as he is accountable. But these changes , have been made keeping in view the next year State Legislative Assembly elections, so that the National conference leaders who were enjoying the ministerial portfolios , will now get to work for the party and start with election campaigning. For common people, these reshuffles hardly matter now, since the govt has almost completed its tenure and a major part of its work is done or rather is incomplete. One year more is not going to do miracles or meet the expectations of people in the state.” Thus, while many section of people in the state have almost fewer hope from the government, it has to been seen whether the new Mantra of Omer Abdullah will work and the remaining two years with almost a new team doesn’t indulge into any form of criticism or any further controversy and will be able to deliver quality work for the state in less time.



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

Rural People in Kashmir are Highly Warm Hearted: FAROOQ SHEIKH Farooq Sheikh or Farooque Sheikh (born 25 March 1948) is a prominent bollywood actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He is best known for his films during the 1970s and 1980s and even in current era in number of movies like Shanghai . His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He has worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta. He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore . IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE KASHMIR SCENARIO, FAROOQ SHEIKH TALKS TO RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI& M.KAISER.

How do you envisage the Kashmir of current times? There is lot of disappointment in the atmosphere of Kashmir . We are visibly seeing a lot of security presence in the urban and rural hinterlands of Kashmir .How necessary this security presence is I do not know but can definitely say this is heavy security presence.

How would you describe the nature of people? Despite witnessing a lot of difficulties, the nature of the people of Kashmir is quiet heartwarming especially the attitude of people living in the rural areas. As a matter of fact, the rural people in Kashmir are highly warm hearted and very welcoming even to the alien. AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FAROOQ SHEIKH BY RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI & M.KAISER.

What are your hopes from the younger generation? My hopes for overall improvement in the problems are that we humans are beset in number of problems and every generation would have to make effort in this regard. My prediction is that younger generation will have to definitely witness and bear with vicious circle of disappointments and for a real change to be ushered in the youth will have to shun the materialistic tendencies.

What is the ultimate purpose of the interactions, panel-discussions and seminars on the overall grim scenario in our part of the world? It has taken a lot to get damaged and dented and it will definitely take a much longer time to repair but definitely the “intellectual activities” definitely act as a sparkle for the change and that too for a positive change. The need for positive change is much more felt as several evil forces have besieged us badly.

How far are efforts being made by ‘Good Forces over Evil Forces’? One has to understand the grim reality that evil forces have made their impact felt in a great manner. The tragedy of the world we live in is that evil forces are working untiringly to dislodge noble forces. The positive forces will have to gather much

There is lot of disappointment in the atmosphere of Kashmir. We are visibly seeing a lot of security presence in the urban and rural hinterlands of Kashmir . How necessary this security presence is I do not know but can definitely say this is heavy security presence. tandem and consistency to dislodge the forces of negativity. If good forces do not resort to pragmatic actions we will be witnessing disastrous consequences for humanity.



Srinagar, January 07-13, 2013



Srinagar, January 21-27, 2013

Panchayat MLC’s meet Minister, highlight issues pertaining to Panchayats. The Member of Legislative Council from the Panchayats, Dr. Shenaz Ganai,and Ali Mohammad Dar met with the Panchayat Raj Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar and MOS Rural Development Vikar Rasool and highlighted the issues pertaining to the panchayats and demanded immediate redressal In a memorandum to the Ministers the MLC’s raised many issues and made them aware of the situation and appealed for taking immediate steps to ensure that the Panchayats are empowered fully and made vibrant. The discussion and the memorandum thereafter included the following points:1. Provision of Honorarium for all Sarpanches and Panches of J&K State. 2. Life Insurances cover for all Sarpanches and Panches of J&K State. 3. Daily Wages for labourers working under MNREGA to be enhanced and made at par with other workers

working in different departments/organizations. 4. Provision of grant in aid type financial assistance to Panchayat Raj Institutions for making them functional. 5. The amount of financial assistance under IAY to be enhanced in view of price hike. 6. The programs under Bharat Abhiyan to be speeded up so that rural sanitation issues are taken care of. 7. Provision of supporting staff for normal functioning of Panchayat Raj Institutions. Both the Ministers assured them that the state govt. is keen to strengthen the Panchayats and these issues shall be examined. Meanwhile, The MLC’s condemned the recent attacks on the Panchayat Members saying that its unfortunate as they have been elected representatives of the people with an overwhelming majority. The delegation included other elected MLC’s of Panchayat quota as well.

6th National Conference on Implementation of Protection of Women of from Domestic Violence Act (Pwdva), 2005 The National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) in collaboration with the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI), supported by UN Women is holding the Sixth National Conference on implementation of PWDVA, 2005 on 21st January 2013.Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development will inaugurate the conference. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Shri Altamas Kabir will also be present at the conference. The Sixth Monitoring and Evaluation Report titled Staying Alive: Evaluating Court Orders will be released at the National Conference along with the release of the ‘Best Practices Manual on the implementation of PWDV Act 2005’ and a ‘Resource Tool for Monitoring & Evaluation of PWDV Act 2005’. The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishna Tirath, will release the Best Practices Manual PWDV Act 2005 & Resource Tool Monitoring and Evaluation PWDV Act 2005. The

Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Shri Altamas Kabir will release the 6th Monitoring & Evaluation Report titled ‘Staying Alive: Evaluating Court Order’. The Best Practices Manual sets out to acknowledge the exemplary efforts of some States in implementation of PWDV Act. The Resource Tool builds a normative framework which can be used by state and central nodal agencies to comply with obligations under the PWDVA. The Monitoring & Evaluation Report documents implementation of the Act and evaluates its functioning by analyzing the judgments and orders passed. It also presents the attitudes, knowledge and practice of stakeholders under the Act. This meeting will be attended by representatives from the State governments, representatives from Ministries, protection officers, representatives from civil society organizations/ women’s groups, UN officials and representatives from the press.

JAMMU: Regretting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had lent his “voice to the hawks” in the current India-Pakistan tensions, Jammu and Kashmir’s opposition PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the recent events along the LoC were a “severe setback” to the peace process. Sayeed, in a statement, regretted that Manmohan Singh “had chosen to lend his voice to the hawks in the currrent Indo-Pakistan problems” The people were looking to the prime minister for carrying forward the peace process that had a positive impact on the life of the people in the last 10 years, he said. Ssyeed said it was disheartening for the large peace constituency in the country that the prime minister should have indicated the end of “business as usual” with Pakistan in the wake of the incidents on the LoC and the shrill debate that followed in a section of the media. On Tuesday, Singh said that there can be “no business as usual” with Pakistan following the brutal killings of two

Indian soldiers and the beheading of one of them. “These developments have come as a severe setback to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Sayeed said in a statement. He also disapproved of the measures that “undermine” the peace process between the two countries. Tensions on the Line of Control soared this month after India accused Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers Jan 8 while Islamabad said three Pakistani soldiers were killed by the Indian Army. India accused the Pakistan Army of beheading one of its soldiers and mutilating the body of another. The delay in implementing the new liberal visa regime and the return of the Pakistani players who were to participate in the Hockey India League had sent extremely negative signals to people in the state, Sayeed said. The two armies Wednesday agreed not to violate the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC.

setback to peace: Mufti

India, Pakistan tensions

Heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley, avalanche warning issued SRINAGAR and other parts of Kashmir Valley on Thursday experienced fresh snowfall, prompting the authorities to issue a warning about an avalanche warning in areas close to the Line of Control (LoC) and suspend traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. It started snowing heavily in the summer capital this evening after intermitent rains throughout the day and a brief spell of snowfall last night. However, high altitude areas of the Valley re-

corded heavy snowfall since last night, the authorities said and issued a “medium danger avalanche warning” in snow-bound areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara and Bandipora districts. “People living in snow-bound areas of Naugam, Chowkibal, Machil, Tangdhar and Keran in Kupwara and Gurez sector in Bandipora have been advised not to venture in steep avalanche- prone slopes during the next 24 hours,” Coordinator, Divisional Di-

saster Management, Aamir Ali said. He said the warning has been issued on the basis of information received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) of Army. The fresh snowfall also forced closure of the 294-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway - the only road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, late this afternoon, a spokesman of the traffic Control room said.



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KNOW” Domestic Violence for “NO” Domestic Violence



t the very outset, I would suggest to the reader to approach the issue of “Domestic Violence” with a rather detached mind. Consider this as just a perspective and an opinion. And that when somebody gives an opinion, one need not accept it until one is convinced, it is correct. Earnestly, I never consider anything immune to valid criticism. To many of us the very word, “domestic violence” generally, flashes a picture, of “wife beating” turned into Olympic sport. Wife beating, albeit, does include as a major cut up of “Domestic Violence”, yet, it is not the only one. And that’s exactly the general idea behind our discourse today. Having said that, the question arises what constitutes “Domestic Violence” then. Well, judging by the mainstream studies, and by the massive media coverage, it incorporates emotional, verbal, physical, economic, carnal violence perpetrated by a man on women especially wife. Refusing money to women / wife. Not allowing her to take up a job or making her give up on it. Shouting. Even disagreement. Just about anything, whether rightly or wrongly, a man says or does, which conceivably can upset a woman is classified as “domestic violence”. In short “men only” are held guilty of domestic violence. Remember, this perspective is more akin to the “Feminist” approach, where a “woman can do no wrong”. Nothing, ironically though, can be farther from the truth. What they (feminist) apparently, suggest is that, domestic violence is a gender issue. It is based on the belief that there is never a reason for a man to disagree with a woman. Since men are physically stronger, they are more likely to be perpetrators. To me, to take this insidious version as standalone explanation is flawed understanding of the whole issue demonstrating lack of intellectual rigor. They seem to miss the part, nevertheless. Domestic Violence also in-

cludes a mother intimidating or beating her kids where they can easily be styled to rectitude. Fatherlessness. In that, a wife restraining, her husband from giving his kids, fatherly love and affection. An angry wife tossing at her husband whatever she gets her hands on. Or, denying the husband and children or reluctantly offering a cooked meal for dinner. Parents not devoting time to lend an earnest ear to their children’s woes. Even, older siblings raising their voice / hand on the younger ones or vice versa. Domestic Violence in contemporary time, has several causes. Industrialisation. Sudden economic growth marked by ever growing materialistic inequalities. Negative westernisation. Unhealthy media. Occupational and professional diversification. Ideologies. Battered childhood. Male Chauvinistics. Undirected / misdirected education. Imitation. Sometimes, self-styled interpretation of religion. Psychological factors e.g. “Borderline Personality Disorder” characterised by histrionics or, accusing others for being cause of one’s problems. Societal transformation from traditional to transient to modern. One can go on forever. But, all of the aforementioned causes, jointly as well as severally, have exacted one fundamental effect. An effect which, to me, goes down to the root of the issue. The effect of “Role Conflict”. Generally, an individual performs a number of roles. Example, a male performs the role of a son, doting father, professional, and of course a “loving husband”. Likewise, a female, say a working lady has to perform roles of a caring mother, a daughter, “devoted wife”. Or, child performs role of a dutiful son/daughter, student etc. Nonetheless, somewhere down the line, an individual experiences strain in the proper, acceptable and effective performance of the designated roles and amongst roles themselves. Hence, Role Conflict. To cut the long story short, Role Conflict is a psycho-sociological phenomenon where an individual experiences a clash with respect to the effective performance of different roles donned by him/her. Role Conflict, by extension, even occurs between people occupying two different positions in an organisation or society. Example, between worker and manager; rich and poor. Analogically, husband, wife and even children aren’t immune to it. Ergo, say a male, who holds the position of M.D. in a company, starts to take performance of such role home, he would be more prone to become perpetrator of domestic violence. On the other hand, should a strict disciplinarian female school teacher acts likewise at home may either run the risk becoming a victim or perpetrator of this now legally recognisable tort. Alternately, mismanagement in or ineffective performance of the roles so possessed by an individual on familial level usually culminates into domestic violence. In this age of hyper and rather undirected modernity, one is bound to come across greater degree of ‘role conflict’ affected individuals. Result, often corporally contesting spouses and de-

railed, defiant children. So, increase in role conflict is inversely proportional to forbearance and tolerance. Alternately, greater the role conflict, higher the incidences of domestic violence. Now what is domestic violence, if not an attack either verbally, emotionally, economically, or corporally, by somebody who is close to you, loves you, or is supposed to love you, by which the other person (victim) is so intimidated that it ruins their quality of life. Male or female, regardless. Now it seems as plain as daylight that, contrary to what feminist would have us believe, domestic violence is not only about man’s “power and control” over a woman. Accordingly, violence has not to boil down to the female version of the story. To me, the feminist perspective is defective and also counterproductive. In that, it tends to makes slaves out of women; by giving them a slightly misplaced idea that they have no choice and that they are not are not responsible for anything. Vilifying men will be a huge dishonest disservice to the society. After all, blanket prejudice is a hate-crime against men. Although, the structural and functional dynamics of our society have undergone sea change yet, our understanding of it yet remains in its infancy. So what we have to do is educate ourselves. Here on out, when someone amongst us goes home with self-conceit or over-bearing sense of self-importance from the earlier performed role, and looks down their nose with contempt at their spouse, children or sibling. He should immediately sit in judgment over it and decide whether it is natural role to be performed at home, or are they suffering from “role conflict”. The societal pulls and pressure in and around us are so intense that adults, whether they like it or not, are often likely to regress into childlike behaviour. Nonetheless, as that moment of temporary madness passes, we must later make a responsible pause and ponder considerately over it. After all, we are dragging our children through dysfunctional and abusive relationship which may be on a fast track to divorce. Moreover, as psychologist suggest that children from such relations are more susceptible to suffer schizophrenia and multiple-personality disorder. Let alone, mental disorders and vices – alcohol and drugs. Besides, they are going to age into such adults which may relive such moments in their adulthood. As they say home is the first academy for the children. If somebody loves you, they would build you up rather than bring you down. It is true, acting in a vile, uncouth and trans-civil way can never be justified. But it is also true that, individuals can never be expected to behave and act rationally all the time. However, as rational beings we must bring ourselves together to face the truth and admit to our part rather than passing the buck. Which is why, we have to “KNOW” domestic violence for “NO” domestic violence. (The writer is lawyer , The High Court of J&K.)



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Kashmir is chock-full of beautiful cultures. Kashmiris are considered the best hosts all over the world.

he Allah has shaped different categories of homo sapiens all over the world and formed different places where homo sapiens can breathe. Every populace have their own culture and they have their own life style like way of talking, walking, discipline, dressing, food and languages etc. Many of them are famed for their culture, one of them is Kashmiri culture, and it is well know culture throughout world. Many holidaymakers come from distinct areas of flora and fauna to Kashmir for enjoyment and solace because Kashmir is well known for its unpretentious beauty and culture and well known as paradise on the earth. Scores of sundry holidaymakers have a singled out to build a living wage in Kashmir because the Kashmiri culture entices them. Pertinently, Kashmiri culture is well known as central Asian culture. It is famed for its speech that is (Koshur). This speech is only used in Kashmir, and it can spoken only by Kashmiri of any religion. The dance is the eminent in Kashmir valley mostly the Dumbalie is act-

ed by Kashmiri men and Rauf by Kashmiri women’s and folk dance is another traditional dance of Kashmir. The dressing is inimitable of men’s and women’s in kashmir when they act they wear (FARAN) and (DUSTAR). The (FAIRAN) is the dress and is recycled in winters because of the freezing. It is elongated dress and blinkers the whole body and to guard the body. The Kashmiri women’s chiefly wear a designed (Fairan), these are designed with hand by lovely fine art. When tourists visit this valley, they scuff Kashmiri jewelry and costume to take photographs. The soothing Kashmiri music, (Sufiana) is the famed music in Kashmir and spectators go bottomless in sufiana music and they enjoy it wholly. The musician use some typical Kashmiri Musical instruments like rabab, baja, tumbakhnari etc. Kashmir is chockfull of beautiful cultures. Kashmiris are considered the best hosts all over the world. As in rural areas they venerate all human being alike, always offer them for brew and nourishment either they know them or not and always aiming to make a brotherhood and cheerfulness all here with everyone. When the tourists realize the hospitality of Kashmiri they prefer to come again and again which is delightful for Kashmir and Kashmiri peoples. On the other hand, the dishes in Kashmir are famous all over the world, and Kashmiri wazwan is representative of it. Wazwan is mostly grilled when the marriage ceremony or other ceremonies are celebrated. Kashmiri Wazwan contain RISTA, GUSHTAB, KABAB, SHAMI

KABAB, CHICKEN, MEAT ETC. These are all non- vegetables nourishments and full of taste. When the tourists chomp those dishes their remark is usually (WAH WAH KYA MAHZA). This indicates they like Kashmiri wazwan and want more and more. Collard greens (hak) is famous vegetable dish of Kashmiri, it is simply a green dish and cooked usually in homes and is good for health. The nun chai (Salt Tea) is integral part of breakfast of Kashmiri and is the main identity of culture of Kashmiri. The Kashmiris drink it in the morning and in evening, it contains salt, milk and dry leaves. It is just full of taste. The another tea is Kashur Khwah, and it is formed lacking of milk and, it contains ingredients which support to make it tasteful like dry fruits, KESAR, sugar ETC. Kashmir is well known for its diverse climatic seasons, few months are very chilly and also for enjoyment that’s WINTER months. The KANGRI, life of Kashmiri in winters, it provides heat all time . Kashmiris design it with their own hands with a fine art and use sticks and mud pot for making it, carry it everywhere they want to go as it is light in weight. Dal Lake is the one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in India. It is surrounded with mountains and houseboats cruising along the lake in the colorful Shikaras. The Shikaras is another culture and is used for multiple purposes, including transportation. The driver use oars to run the shikara having spade-shaped bottom row. Half a dozen peoples, with the driver seats are present in shikara. It is made up of wood and is type of wooden ship. The Kashmiri culture always entices the natives & tourists, and considered to be the pride and dignity of nation……


Book Review

Overall the book is a worth read as it offers many alternative, pluralistic, new, tolerant, creative and liberal interpretations of Islam

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Islam Restructuring Theology 81). This suggestion in its essence is good, but how Author: Asghar Ali Engineer will we develop this unified Islamic law, Engineer Publisher: Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd. New Del- doesn’t offer any factual realistic roadmap. Also hi, India what laws to leave and what to accept who will decide Year of Publication: 2012 the same, alongwith the fact that who will guarantee Price: Rs 495 Pages: 225 that this unified law will have all the dynamism of ISBN: 9789380828640 change and not become stagnant like its predecessor schools of law? The next Session Islam and Different Issues, slam unlike other religions has the potential deals with many present day issues like Islam and and scope of being reinterpreted according to Post modernism, need for Social reforms, child marthe demands of the age and changed circum- riage and Islam, diversity and tolerance, and a host stances. The fundamentals of Islam remain of other issues too. Engineer relates that there are the same, but other aspects can be interpreted, five complimentary values of Islam alongwith the this aspect of creative interpretation of Islam five pillars of Islam. These fundamental values of is known as Ijtihad. The need for applying minds and Quran include “Truth (Haq), Justice (adl), benevotrying to reach to certain conclusions while honoring lence (Ehsan), Compassion (Rahmah) and Wisdom the Islamic tenants i.e. Ijtihad has been particularly (Hikmah)” (P-125). He further writes that “let us emphasized in Islam. Due to various outside threats, remember Islam is neither un-democratic nor antiunavoidable circumstances and somewhat valid rea- modern. It is extremely conservative theologians or sons, the door of Ijtihad was closed by the Ulama (re- powerful vested interests who are responsible for ligious scholars). Now the obscurantist Ulama aren’t spreading the impression that Islam is non compatready to open them, as it will erode their sectarian ible with democracy. Justice and equality are very strongholds and patriarchal interpretations of Is- fundamental to Islamic teachings and if this is not lam. In Islam though there is no concept of clergy democratic, what is?” (P-138). and that has got its own ramifications, because no Engineer is critical of the Western double interpretation of Islam can be stated as Final Truth. standards when it comes to Muslims and lambasts Not being able to build a complete consensus has its the media for portraying a stereotypical image of shortcomings, but it offers more liberal choices to Muslims. He states that Western Freedom of Conthe masses to follow what according to them is the science and upholding of Human Rights is true only best interpretation. Some sectarian Ulama and Mus- in theory, while in practice it is quite in opposite. lims with vested interests don’t like this dynamism Engineer though criticizes terrorism, but factually of Islam and want to impose their sectarian inter- acknowledges that the hegemony and aggression of pretation on other Muslims, that leads to clashes and West, is resulting in radicalization of Muslim youth sometimes even to violence. The present book under as a reaction. review by the renowned Islamic scholar, writer and Engineer isn’t oblivious of the influence activist Asghar Ali Engineer, doesn’t deal with these Ulama have on Muslim masses, hence suggested aspects of Ijtihad and the problems associated with training Ulama in order to acquaint them with modit. This book is a compilation of his articles that deal ern day challenges. He also has five suggestions for with juristic problems and issues and as he writes the Islamic world that include inculcating quality in the Preface, that he “hopes this book would bring education, developing religious freedom and tolerabout attitudinal change towards juristic problems ance instead of Fatwa culture, empowering women in the Islamic world”. and granting them equal status, evolving culture of The book is divided into six sessions, and democracy and human rights and forging Intra relithe First Session, Islam and Women Issues deals gious unity. with the flaws of traditional patriarchal interpreta- The last three sessions deal with Islam in Intions of Islam, that are antithetical to the Gender dia, Islamic personality and Islam and Politics. They Just teachings of Islam. Issues like Family Planning include analysis of revivalist efforts by Shakyh Ahand Marital Rape are discussed and Engineer comes mad Sirhindi, Shah Waliullah Dehlavi, Allama Iqbal to the conclusion that social customs and unislamic and Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi. One article is also culture does hold the women backward not Islam. He dedicated to the fourth Caliph of Islam Hazrat Ali decries the Burqa ban in several western countries, (pbuh), and Engineer surmises many things from though he is not a vehement supporter of Burqas. the speech of US President Barack Obama’s delivThis session also discusses about patriarchal Fatwas ered at Cairo’s Al Azhar University, and describes it and women. as a ray of hope. The second session is related to Religious Overall the book is a worth read as it offers Issues in Islam, and discuses various issues like Ji- many alternative, pluralistic, new, tolerant, creative had, and how Islam is being wrongly associated with and liberal interpretations of Islam about many isviolence. Engineer holds protection of the environ- sues baffling Muslims at present. Engineer though ment as Jihad too. The emphasis of Justice being this book, testifies how Islam remains relevant in central to Islam, is brought to fore too. The need for this present age. This book is a must read for anyIjtihad is time and again mentioned in these articles. one interested in Islam and Muslim issues, but there The distinction between Power of Love and Love are certain mistakes that need to be rectified like of Power that makes all the difference is deliber- Engineer wrongly states that Abu Hanifa refused ated too, alongwith the creed of Progressive Mus- to upheld the doctrine of creation of Quran (P-104, lims. Engineer comes out with a novel suggestion, 140) while as in reality it was not Imam Abu Hanifa, of “transcending all existing madhahib (schools of but Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal who refused to do so. law) and develop a unified Islamic law applicable to The author and publisher must be congratulated for all Muslims which will also give greater meaning to their Endeavour of bringing out such a timely book. otherwise hollow slogan of Islamic unity. It does not mean that we reject all provisions of existing schools Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander is Writerof law but what it means that we must select from Activist based in Srinagar, Kashmir and can be all these schools what is best in them and what is in reached at keeping with the Quranic principles and values” (P-





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Road safety


India loses more than 100 000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year.

Road traffic safety refers to methods and measures for reducing the risk of a person using the road network being killed or seriously injured. The users of a road include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, their passengers, and passengers of on-road public transport mainly buses and trams. Best-practice road safety strategies focus upon the prevention of serious injury and death crashes in spite of human fallibility (which is contrasted with the old road safety paradigm of simply reducing crashes assuming road user compliance with traffic regulations). Safe road design is now about providing a road environment which ensures vehicle speeds will be within the human tolerances for serious injury and death wherever conflict points exist. India loses more than 100 000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 16.8 deaths per 100 000 population. Approximately half of all deaths on the country’s roads are among vulnerable road users - motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. According to the recently published WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, though there are laws on speed, seatbelt wearing and helmet wearing, and drink-driving, they are poorly enforced. India is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years

by a consortium of six international partners. Main causes and costs of accidents can be:a)Traffic conditions vary from place to place .b)Hetrogenous traffic in India and J and K ranging from Pedestrians to animal drawn carts,non-motorized traffic, two whelers,cars,buses and trucks ..c)Different traffic sharing the same road space while roads and vehicles get more modern..d)Average fault of drivers causing accidentsis around 77.91%(the figures are estimated in year 2000 and are subjected to vary on 2013)..e)Pedestrian fault accounts for 1.36%.f)Mechanical defects in vehicles range about 2.01%.g)bad roads account for 1.32%. Other factors like bad weather, cattle coming in the way,fallen trees, road blockage,non functioning of road signals,etc account for 17.4%.Cost of road accidents-3%of GDP. Safety Measures Required:I)Design aspects include median railings, thermoplastic roads, Geometric and safety standards like fly overs,grade separators,by-passes,Railway over/ under bridges,bus/truck lay-byes, informative retro-reflective sign boards, crash barriers etc.Enforcement aspects include testing the competence of drivers at the time of Licensing, Changing the physical fitness of various and their complance with regulations at the time of registration and periodical fitness checks of commercial vehicles, statutory use of Helmets, wearing of seat belts, detection and prosecution of drunken driving and prevention of plying of overloaded vehicles. Besides that we need a complete and comprehensive system and scienntific approach to the issues involving all relevant agencies and stake holders ,relooking at organizational issues and above all safety audits by certified professionals. (The author is an expert in environment ,project & waste Management, occupational safety& health & pollution control and empanelled expert for Indo European chamber of commerce and industry). (You may reach him at



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Being Human branding won’t be used in films: Salman


uperstar Salman Khan doesn’t want to mix his NGO Being Human with his commercial work and clarified that the costumes in his movies will not be containing the name of the brand. “Our designers will design the clothes and those clothes will be included in our collection. But we will not be branding it in movies,” he said Thursday at the launch of the first flagship store of “Being Human”. “Now characters like Radhe and Chulbul Pandey cannot be seen wearing a Being Human t-shirt,” added the 47-year-old who formed the charitable trust Being Human. The film industry people often donate to the foundation. But Salman says he has put such a mechanism in place that they don’t have to ask for charity from anyone. “Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), Karan (Johar) and many people have donated to the foundation. But we have made the model such that we don’t have to ask for money from anyone,” he said and added: “Everyone should start charitable work like this and competition should happen here. We must take it to a different level.”

Katrina Kaif gets Salman angry as Antara Mali rebuffs relief in Rs.2.79-crore dad Jagdish Mali’s help claim service tax case Bollywood actress Katrina Kaifhas got relief in the Rs.2.79-crore service tax case as a tribunal has ruled that this liability has been discharged by her agent for the the modelling assignments shehas done. “In this case, appellant (Katrina ) has appointed Matrix as her agent to discharge her service tax liability on her behalf and the same has been discharged by Matrix,” said a recent ruling by the Mumbai bench of Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT). The ruling follows an appeal by Katrina R Turcotte (Katrina Kaif) against an order of the Service Tax Commissioner asking her to clear service tax liability of Rs.2.79 crore under the head classified as ‘Business Auxiliary Service’. The amount included an interest and penalty of Rs.33.68 lakh. The service tax department had slapped the duty on her for providing services to various companies for promoting products through modelling assignments through advertisement films, TV commercials and still photography. Katrina’s lawyers said that she had discharged the service tax liability through her agent Matrix India Entertainment Consultants. The revenue department, however, contended that the tax liability was discharged under ‘Advertisement Agency Service’ head and not under ‘Business Auxiliary Service’ category and hence Katrina was liable to pay the service tax. The tribunal ruled that “by mere paying the service tax liability under wrong head does not meant that service tax liability has not been discharged.... We hold that the appellant has discharged the service tax liability through her agent....”

Salman Khan launched the first store of his label, Being Human, at Linking Road in Mumbai on Thursday. W h i l e the actual gala took place in the evening, a p r e s s conference earlier in the day was not d evo i d of fireworks, though for a different reason. O n We d n e s day, Mail Today published a report on how Salman had helped rescue ace photographer Jagdish Mali who was found loitering on Yari Road in a dishevelled state wearing only a shirt and covered with dirt. Starlet Mink, who spotted Mali, called up Salman, who sent four assistants and a car to drop Mali home. S u b s e q u e n t l y, the lensman’s

actress daughter Antara Mali issued a statement saying her father didn’t need help and termed the reports as publicity stunts. At Thursday’s press meet, Salman clearly seemed enraged by Antara’s statement. “What is the daughter saying? Her father was walking down Yari Road without clothes, now who needs help?” he said. “Jagdish had tried contacting people. When I came to know, I just had to make two calls and send two messages ( to organise help). I didn’t have to do much,” Salman added. According to sources, Jagdish is diabetic and relies on insulin injections to stay fit. When he forgets his insulin shot, he gets disoriented. Talking about the photographer, Salman said: “Jagdish Mali is a very big photographer. We used to struggle to get a photo shoot with him,” he said.



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