Civil Society Demands End to ‘VIP Nuisance’


SRINAGAR: Concerned at the growing menace of ‘VIP culture’ in Kashmir, a leading civil society group on Wednesday sought information from the government about huge sums of money being spent on so called VIP’s while treasuries of this impoverished state were running empty for last several months with employees, and traders in left in lurch.

Taking a dig at the VIPism, the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) said in a statement that the culture that reflects nothing but hooliganism has put a common man to a lot of inconvenience by becoming a public nuisance. 

“People have a right to know where the money is coming from to maintain such huge cavalcades especially at a time when poor employees continue to suffer for lack of salaries,” the statement issued by Prof Hameeda Nayeem on behalf of the body read.

It’s impressed that the government shunned its ‘democratic’ despotism, ensured accountability of so called political elites and ended the highhandedness of the security structure.

The civil society also urged government to provide women the dignity it deserved as a matter of right and not concession. “It is high time to terminate this ‘elitist culture’ and promote an egalitarian social order,” the statement added.

Anguished at the recent incidents of ‘targeted’ killings of civilians, especially young boys by the so-called unidentified gunmen and other ‘security agencies’, KCSDS strongly  condemned  the ‘deliberate  silence’ of the government and demanded it should come clear  at these heartrending killings.

Urging the government should ensure safety and security of the citizens, the civil society added ‘asking for justice in the state amounts to asking for moon.’

“Every dirty and macabre deed is justified in the name of aggressive nationalism,” KCSDS said in a press communiqué.

Commenting on the thrashing of a local journalist and insulting his wife by the guards belonging to a PDP minister’s cavalcade two days ago, the KCSDS described the abusing as lewd. “The comments passed by the guards, in effect, reflect the state of affairs in the state, “the spokesperson of the civil society said. “The elected representatives have assumed the role of thugs and tyrannical despots taking people for a ride.”

The remarks passed by the guard against the scribe’s wife, KCSDS said, are a serious crime precisely because it is within the hearing of a minister. “It indicates the level tolerance by those wielding power and amounts to sexual violence against women by those supposed to uphold the dignity and honour of citizens especially women,” the spokesperson said.  

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