Did Manne Kaak really die of Covid? Was it trials and tribulations that killed him? Or did the bottled up stress that he as a proud man of dignity hid, took his life? Did stress, mostly financial and largely emotional, diminish his executive functions and thereby worsen his chances at life?
A positive return on skill development then warrants a philosophical approach and premise that can only be attained through vigorous ,open ended education, not merely formally but on a self inspired basis. But, there is a dark side here: highly educated individuals can get alienated from their respective societies.
The world, defined as it is by dazzling and staggering diversity is a beautiful place to know, engage with and understand. It is here rather than elsewhere that Muslims have chosen to abdicate their responsibility and closed themselves.
Parsed and pared to essence, it means attempting to feel the pain of others as one’s own. By way of a digression here, it must be pointed out the Covid 19 and its mutant variants are totally and absolutely non-discriminatory: the rich, the poor.
This is the genius of Apple’s late Steve Jobs and this is what connects the Tujji walla and Iphones. Both are about marketing and branding. The difference is that of scale, sophistication and technology.
Warped and flawed modernization has led to the demolition of the traditional housing structures of downtown giving way to ugly, concrete, incoherent blobs.
Say, if corruption is widespread and acceptable, what does the ethical or the moral person do? Be part of the game, so to speak and move on or be an outlier seen as an oddball by the rest?
All in all, before the liquidity crisis in Kashmir morphs into a full-fledged insolvency crisis, J&K Bank must rise to the occasion and create conditions for the economic uplift of the society. Besides inhering in the bank’s charter and remit, this particular institution has a duty to perform.
As things stand, he or she can become a peon or a clerk in a government department. This is cruel and morally wrong for it not only deprives the underprivileged of social mobility but creates intergenerational poverty traps
The redeeming fact is that Kashmir (Cashmere in the European imagination) is already a robust brand which has been, however, cannibalised by others. This brand needs to be reclaimed and backed by substance