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By K.N. Pandita

Dynamic societies shape and move with times; static ones remain beleaguered. In the aftermath of devastating floods, particularly in Kashmir valley, things should move beyond relief and rehabilitation.

Relief will come in plenty and with passage of time. The Prime Minister’s appeal to the nation to come to the help of the people of the State has generated massive response. The PM assures that funds will be no constraint for rebuilding Kashmir.   Continue Reading…

Let nature be the teacher

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By K.N. Pandita

Natural calamity of massive magnitude has befallen Kashmir. Floods are not unknown but the one in place is unprecedented.

The State government is paralyzed; it cannot cope with the magnitude of the disaster. Even the State Disaster Response Force personnel, raised with central funding, draw salary but are not provided with any wherewithal to fight the disaster. When floods struck, the SDRF was conspicuous by its absence.

For three or four years in the past the SDRF has been holding meetings and consultations on what equipment it needs to have at its disposal, coming neither to any decision nor any action. Our paper tigers are mighty and majestic. Continue Reading…