Abbu had once told Sheba that it greatly influenced handicrafts in the Valley, with its fire-spewing dragons, chinar leaves,nightingales, flowers and creepers painted delicately on the papier mâché items in vibrant colours, and also carved painstakingly on wooden artefacts.
Islam is not a monastic order commanding distance from and indifference towards the world. It rather shares a pragmatic outlook and positive attitude towards the world of physical order.
The neighbors tried to pick up the pieces with the surprise re-affirmation of the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control in February 2021. Ever since, however, they have failed to build upon the truce and restore the dialogue.
In conversation with Kashmir Observer, Chief Engineer, R&B, Rafiq Ahmad Rafiq talks about the plight of roads and traffic in Kashmir capital.
It is essential to realise that such a magnitude earthquake in a well-prepared nation like New Zealand or Japan will not usually cause any damage or death. Therefore, earthquake-related losses could have been minimised to a large extent had there been proper planning in practice. In that sense, it is a human disaster.
The recent quakes have come as an important reminder to us to become more mindful of our vulnerability to the natural disasters – flood being the another – and take pro-active measures to lessen the damage should, God forbid, we experience another disaster.
Less than two days of rain creates flood-like conditions. What it means is that in the past eight years, we have not been able to increase the capacity to protect ourselves from the fallout of an increase in precipitation in summer.
The Delimitation Commission has already ended up changing the political landscape of J&K like never before. It could very well pave way for a future chief minister who is from Jammu, a longstanding political plank of the BJP
As the scheme has now been introduced for appointment of soldiers at lower rung, will the Govt introduce this scheme to recruit the officers in defence service as well?
What does the near future, therefore, hold for Kashmir? It seems a lingering uncertainty is here to stay.