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Archive for June 10th, 2009

Kashmiri Leader's Biography

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

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Kashmiri Leader’s Biography

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

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Hello everyone,

Kashmir Portal is looking for information and bio-graph’s of Kashmir leaders/Politicians.

If any group-member can help or refer web URL, we will be grateful.
Information with valid references/web link will be highly appreciated.

Sincerely Yours,

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Question of a common Kashmiri

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009 (Srinagar)

http://www.risingka shmir.com

Question of a common Kashmiri

Hurriyat Conference needs to end the 19 year long politics of Hartal in the realm of political wisdom

Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

The struggle of common Kashmiri, in particular Kashmiri Muslim, against social injustice and religious intolerance would be 132 year old, October this year. Kashmiri Muslims lodged their first formal complaint against social injustice in October 1877. It is alleged that to meet the food shortage the Maharaja administration drowned boat loads of Kashmiri Muslims in Wular Lake. It may not constitute genocide but comes very close to an attempt to depopulate a community.

It is unfortunate that the substantive character of Kashmiri politics has changed since the present phase of political and militant struggle started in 1990. The politician and the militant does not seem to have done as much home work as our elders continued to do from October 1877 to 1931 and from 1931 to August 1947. Our elders had very little to survive on and held heads as high as the oak tree. Their lives and programmes associated with them were transparent and in the collective best interests of the people.

Our elders during the first 54 years from 1877 – 1931 of their valiant struggle for social justice (idea of self-determination was nowhere in the political phrase) prosecuted with success a substantive political agenda, namely, State for the State’s people, and a responsible government. It forced the Maharaja to promulgate a Constitution in 1939. These may not have been all satisfactory achievements but remain in all manner a creditable effort of our elders. If it were not for the State Subject Law of 1927 the people of Kashmir would have been either assimilated into a broader Indian or Pakistani legal frame work or the rich of the two sovereign countries, with a number of disturbing cultural dissimilarities would have turned Gulliver in the Lilluput of Kashmir.

The recorded loss of life for this achievement does not disappoint in any manner. The total loss of life in 54 years stands at 23. Second phase of struggle from 1931 to 1947 is marked by two sovereign decisions by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. These include the conclusion of two bilateral agreements, namely Stand Still Agreement and Accession in August and October 1947 respectively with the sovereign Governments of Pakistan and India. It is also marked by the address of Sheikh Abdullah at the UN Security Council.

The third phase of struggle from 1990 to date does not bear any assuring similarity in substance and character to the first two phases. It is characterised by an unprecedented and irreparable loss of life in the history of Kashmir. More so the civil society has passed through an unprecedented suffering and violation of human rights. Common Kashmiri, man and woman have been humiliated and rendered helpless for the first time in the history of Kashmir. In fact this phase has killed the right of self-determination as a reality, by causing the loss of numericals required for a count. Right of self-determination may exist as a principle but it is dead for a long time to come as an achievable reality on the basis of a number count.

For the last 19 years common man and woman are made to pay in life and limb, in honour and dignity, in kind and property without an end in sight. The social set up in Kashmir, in particular among Muslims, has thrown up a two tier class system. Our politicians are physically secure and financially well resourced. They are paid according to the number of political activities and according to the number of photos that appear in the press.
They have elaborate arrangements to route the details of their activities to various quarters within and outside the State. Politics in Kashmir, more so, domiciled in Srinagar is appraised and it keeps them in competition to throw new slogans and keep on incrementing the miseries of the common Kashmiri. They fail to realise the fact that majority lives away from Raj Bagh, Maisuma, Hyderpora and Nagin. There is no match between the life of a Kashmiri domiciled in Srinagar and the one domiciled in Shahdara, Uri near the border.

The circumstances that surround the fate of our politician cause him to turn insensitive to the plight and needs of the common man. Therefore, our politicians continue to exact a pound of flesh on a regular basis. The unionist politicians have in recent elections categorically admitted that the resolution of Kashmir dispute is pending. They have taken a bold step and yielded to admit that it has to be resolved by restarting the dialogue with the Government of Pakistan. India has a case pending at the UN which makes Kashmir eternally disputed. She also admits that there is need for a dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the dispute.

UN resolutions on Kashmir have caused a title of self-determination in favour of the people of Kashmir. People of Kashmir have time and again made declaration in word, manner and in life that they wish to exercise their right to self-determination as equal people. Therefore, putting people through a drill of regular ‘HARTAL’ calls continuously for the last 19 years warrants an urgent rethink. Hartal calls do not hurt our leaders or their interests at all. Their arrest is royal and their indoor lives are grandiose. They can afford to occupy a space in the press and on the TV by introducing a concept of Hamas type parallel welfare system in Kashmir.

I would be the first Kashmiri to match any amount that the pioneers of this parallel welfare system are going to donate from their private resources. Our leaders have not voluntarily contributed in life during the last 19 years. Any loss of life in their families has been caused in a different and non voluntary atmosphere. Therefore, it is time for them to match up the sacrifices given in life by rest of common Kashmiris by donating part of their wealth to set up a “Hamas type welfare’ system in Kashmir. We are already late by 19 years and first donations/contribut ions should have been made by the top leadership of the camp which has espoused this idea.

Hartal politics and non serious political announcements have reached their expiry date and would not be attractive on the shelves any more. Our politicians need to admit that their market price is collateral and lacks durability. Accidents may cause a person into a leadership but it is the substantive merit of his political agenda that would sustain him beyond tomorrow. They are a poor minority as well. We need to cross over to the enduring majority of the common man and woman in Kashmir.

Unless the politicians who are fully resourced for the number of their activities decide to respect the common man and his day to day basic human needs and find alternative means to resource him, they shall continue to misdirect themselves in their own and in the alien interests. They shall continue to incur a long term criminal liability for misleading their own people and for abusing their trust. It is high time that our leaders sit together and examine the life as it was pre 1990 and as it has turned into post 1990. Even prophets have submitted themselves for examination and accountability. Department of politics in Kashmir can’t claim an immunity.

(Author is London based Secretary General of JKCHR – NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. He can be contacted at dr-nazirgilani@ jkchr.com

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Allama Aga Syed Baqir honoured with Shaheed Mutahari Award

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

Rising Kashmir News
Srinagar, June 6: Allama Aga Syed Baqir Almosvi Kashmiri (Budgam), an illustrious son of Kashmir and an indisputable spiritual leader, who enjoys a great fame and reputation all over the prestigious theological institutions of Iraq, Iran and the sub-continent as a recluse with genuine and prominent scholarship, a theologian, reformer, orator, literati, historian, critic, researcher, jurisprudent and also an eloquent poet of Arabic, Persian, and Kashmiri, has been conferred Shaheed Mutahari Award by the Ministry of Culture of Islamic Republic of Iran through the Iranian Cultural House, New Delhi.

The conferment of the award was in recognition of his versatile scholarship and diverse creative activities dedicated to propagatory and reformatory endeavours towards the furtherance of Islamic culture. The Cultural Councellor, His Excellency Dr Karim Najafi himself paid a call on the honouree to present the citation.
The Shaheed Mutahari Award is meant to be conferred on the celebrated intellectuals who by virtue of their contribution seek to strengthen the centuries old Indo-Iranian cultural and spiritual relations particularly those whose works would have been acclaimed not throughout India only but abroad also.

Besides being regarded as the real successor of his great grandfather Ayatullah-ul- Uzma Aga Syed Mehdi Al-Mosvi Al-Safvi Al-Najafi (the only jurisprudent and revivalist of the shariah in Kashmir who lived in 18th century AD) the conferee’s scholarly achievements have been appreciated as the potent harbinger of the reawakening and the unity of Ummah. His significant writings have ever won him a wide kudos of international intelligentia and the higher Seminaries of Iraq, Iraq outside India.

http://www.risingka shmir.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&task=view&id=13610&Itemid=1

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Little to serve, more to settle: SASB's vast pool of funding never been accounted for.

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

Little to serve, more to settle: SASB’s vast pool of funding never been accounted for.
Predman Ganjoo

JAMMU, June 5: With a view to develop better infrastructure to facilitate comfortable pilgrimage for pilgrims, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) constituted in November 2000, better known for the controversies has little to serve and more to settle.

Depending on donations and grants-in-aids, SASB constituted in 2000 became functional in 2001, but during the course of its 8 years of existence, the Board has created more controversies than serve the purpose it was constituted for. Irrespective of the reasons, SASB neither offered better services to the pilgrims nor improved the infrastructure enroute the holy cave. Ill-planning, corrupt practices, lack of accountability and political hiccups proved disastrous for both the pilgrimage and the local economy, says a representation made to Chief Executive Officer, SASB by Amarnath Traders and Labourers Union (ATLU).

Starting with an amount of Rs 2 crores received from the state government as grant-in-aid to meet the expenditure or part thereof on account of compensation to the erstwhile stakeholders – namely (1) Mahant , (2) Malik family of Batkote Pahalgam and (3) the Purohits of Martand and Ganeshpora, Pahalgam, whose rights ceased once SASB was formed. SASB was in receipt of additional amount of Rs 10.39 crores from 2001 to 2004 by way of donations and financial assistance from Government of India. Though donations and aids went on building up, SASB failed on both the counts – neither it improved the infrastructure nor settled the claims of the stakeholders fully.

From 2001 to 2004, SASB received total revenue of Rs 7.89 crore through donations besides gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 50 lakhs. In the year 2004, Union of India, Ministry of Tourism also gave a financial assistance of Rs 2 crore, making it a total of Rs 12.39 crores.

Though SASB was obliged to pay compensation to the erstwhile stakeholders, as decided by the one-man Commission headed by Justice (Retd) H L Mishra, decisions of SASB not only created controversies but also proved unfriendly for pilgrims and uneconomical for the Board, claims Abdul Salam of Bholay Baba Travel Agency Pahalgam.

Decision to enhance the yatra period also proved adverse. Instead of developing infrastructure out of the donations, SASB had to spend huge amounts on litigations that were created by such decisions.

Working against the nature, the purchase of pre-fabricated huts worth crores of rupees neither serve the purpose nor earn suitable revenue for the Board. The huts erected at vulnerable stations of Sheshnaag (12), Panchtarni (13) and Pahalgam (25) because of severe winters and heavy snowfalls could not be maintained satisfactorily, as the locations were not accessible during winters. Though detachable, SASB undermined the carriage cost of the huts due to the mountainous tracks, costing huge amounts with the result most of the prefabricated huts were left in no man’s control during the off season.

In addition to natural calamities, these huts have been a free abode for one and all including the nomads and anti-social elements during the off yatra periods. As alleged by ATLU, wherever and in whatever condition these huts exist, SASB never used them judiciously. During 8 years of its existence, SASB never went for physical verification of the huts involving crores of rupees.

The traders and labourers union considering the yatra period a golden period to earn their livelihood have serious reservations with the practice of Prashad being arranged through contractors. It is alleged that on one hand the quantity and quality of Prashad is so poor that it does not value more than Rs 30 at the holy cave when the sole contractor has fixed a rate at Rs 101. This practice not only harms the sanctity of the pilgrimage but also brings huge economic loss to the local traders, said Abdul Rashid of ATUL adding the practice must be stopped and local traders be allowed to sell Prashad through their temporary outlets, which of-course must be open for check by the appropriate authorities, he added.

Decrying erection of artificial ice lingam at the holy cave, Rashid strongly objects to the practice saying it is against the faith of locals.

Mohammad Jabbar Malik, the successor of Malik family of Batkote Pahalgam demanding maximum pilgrimage from Pahalgam side, being the traditional route to the holy cave, has asked for proper and timely information to the intending pilgrims, so that congestions are avoided at the base camp at Pahalgam and the pilgrims are well educated about the rough weather, the pilgrimage is subject to.

Allegedly things deteriorated and the purpose failed when corrupt and politically influential people encroached on the Board and indulged in corrupt practices and nepotism.

Demanding physical verification, accountability and sound planning of the pilgrimage with due consideration to local interests and faith, ATLU expects the new management under new CEO to perform well so that controversies are avoided and satisfactory pilgrimage involving local people upheld.

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