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Myths And Cry Babies

In Development, Environment, Kashmir, News on 7 December, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Jammu has long been crying hoarse that its development is being neglected at the cost of Kashmir. The post Cry Baby on this blog was an attempt to portray the real picture of Jammu’s development.

The recent press statement of the former finance minister gives further proof of Jammu being a pampered cry baby.

Former finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the State Finance Commission bill was introduced to expose many myths. “One of the biggest myth is that Jammu region is neglected in development,” he said, adding that he had no knowledge whether government has done anything in this regard.

Courtesy of greater kashmir

While in Jammu the Vaishno Devi board is able to fund a Rs. 2.5 billion cancer hospital, the Amarnath board in Kashmir can not even take care of the environmental problems which are a direct outcome of the annual Amarnath yatra in Pahalgam. The governor of Kashmir heads the Vaishno Devi as well as the Amarnath board.

An official report has indicted the Shri Amaranthji Shrine Board (SASB), the body headed by state governor Let Gen (retd) S K Sinha that controls the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath, of failing to protect the fragile mountain eco-system of Pahalgam.

The report prepared by the J&K state pollution control board says 55,000 kgs of garbage, including polythene and plastics, is dumped in the virgin forests of Baisaran and Sarbal every day during the pilgrimage.

courtesy of greater kashmir

Department of Science and technology through its principal investigator on glaciology has argued that “the ecology, the environment and health of the glacier can be under severe threat in case the Baltal route to the Holy Cave was frequented by thousands of pilgrims”. And pointed out that “depletion and degradation (of glaciers) are the result of human breath, refuse and land erosion”.

Gautam Navlakha, greater kashmir

Interestingly the press release reads ‘Kashmir’ to get cancer hospital , and not ‘Jammu’ or ‘Jammu and Kashmir.’ It is intriguing as to why the Vaishno Devi board decided to use the word ‘Kashmir’ instead of ‘Jammu’ or ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ in the press release even though the hospital is being constructed in Katra, Jammu and not the valley.

  1. K

    Take off your blinders and speak from your heart… the comparative level of ‘lack of development’ in Jammu is visible to the naked eye to anyone – provided you compare what existed the valley in late 80’s with even Jammu of today. Destruction of value in Kashmir by terror attacks can’t be used to equate the two.

    The education network in valley has been miles ahead of Jammu. While valley had a great engineering college decades ahead of Jammu… not to talk of the wider network of primary education etc.

    Healthcare in Jammu was negligible compared to valley – which has had a government sponsored SKIMS for over 2 decades now (AIIMS/PGI level) and Jammu is getting one now only – that too through private enterprise.

    Jammu tourism was never given any value – inspite of being gateway to the valley. Actually it was always treated such – just a stop over point.

    Vaishno devi shrine board may be headed by the Governor in a honorary role – but that doesn’t mean its public funded. The fact is that it gets ZERO funding from state government, as against the Aukaf and Hajj subsidies. Only reason that Shrine board is rich – is because of the millions of devotees who visit the shrine. On contrary, Amarnath board has abysmal revenue since government even controls the number of pilgrims allowed and the duration of yatra – which anyway isn’t all year. I find even the idea of bringing these arguments here reflective of a very narrow minded approach. What’s the point you are making anyway?

  2. In case you do decide to publish my previous comment – here is one more point I wish to add…

    An ignorant scribe reporting incorrectly or a misinformed editor making a wrong headline – as in the case of “Kashmir gets cancer hospital” – how is it reflective of Jammu’s situation. The news agency was dumb to publish the news incorrectly – So? Google and you will find scores of news items about blasts, attacks, killings in Doda, Poonch, Badarwah region – still titled as “Blast in Kashmir…” etc.

    It’s a generic misconception which people at large have about the geography – I still keep meeting people who tell me that they have been to Kashmir – when they actually went only to Katra. And before you jump to say – see Indians don’t understand Kashmir enough – this ignorance is the same with Kashmiri’s as well. For decades Kashmiri’s have talked of any non-Kashmiri either as a Punjabi, Madarasi or a Bihari.

  3. I find even the idea of bringing these arguments here reflective of a very narrow minded approach.

    That’s the wonder of blogging, I say what I want to and you think what you want to.

    An ignorant scribe reporting incorrectly or a misinformed editor making a wrong headline – as in the case of “Kashmir gets cancer hospital” – how is it reflective of Jammu’s situation. The news agency was dumb to publish the news incorrectly – So?

    It’s not an ignorant scribe reporting the news wrongly, it’s a Press Release from the board.

    What’s the point you are making anyway?

    Do you want me to rewrite the two posts already dedicated to the entire topic? I will just quote the former finance minister

    Former finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the State Finance Commission bill was introduced to expose many myths. “One of the biggest myth is that Jammu region is neglected in development.”

  4. First time I have come across a Kashmir blog. Could you please explain the situation on the ground in Kashmir valley? I am 100% sure that Jammu and Ladakh are with India, but what is the situation in the valley? What proportion of people are with India, with Pakistan or favour independence? Just interested to know, my impression is majority of Muslims want Pakistan there.

  5. Dear Blogger,

    I wish you take up a cue from Mata Vaishno Devi Board . Why not HazratBal Shrine build a same kind of Hospital to serve the poor.

    But unfortunately, it served the wrong people to hide.

  6. Pawandurani

    Your ignorance of the facts is not surprising. Almost half a million Indians visit Amarnath and Vaishnodevi, since these are the most sacred shrines for Hindus the world over, and they in turn spend money which directly (offerings) or indirectly (contracts etc) reaches the board and thus they have the money to spend. However, they chose to build a hospital in Jammu and showed no concern for the fast eroding ecology of Pahalgam even though a government board held SASB responsible.

    Enlighten me since when is Hazratbal the most sacred place for Muslims of the world? And by your estimates how many million Muslims from around the world or India visit Kashmir for Hazratbal?

    Then maybe I can take a cue.

    The post is about Jammu’s development and the ecology of Pahalgam and not about Hajj subsidies or communlism.

  7. Sometimes people just argue for the sake of arguing.

  8. Sometimes people argue just for the heck of it.. I agree…. :)

  9. Well I too Agree on this point. There is definitely impartiality in this case.

  10. Dear K,

    Point well made.

    Juz A Kashmiri

  11. Dear Indian Guy, as a resident of Kashmir, I can tell you with guarantee that about 80% Kashmiris want Independence from India and Pakistan, 10% want to live with Pakistan and may be another 10% (pro-Indian politicians, rich families, bureaucrats etc.) want to live under Indian occupation.

    Hope this helps you, for more questions please feel free to write to me at ajaztam[at]hotmail[dot]com

    Thanks.

  12. >I can tell you with guarantee that about 80% Kashmiris want Independence from India and Pakistan, 10% want to live with Pakistan and may be another 10% (pro-Indian politicians, rich families, bureaucrats etc.) want to live under Indian occupation.

    Wow Wow Wow !! And here comes some random statistics. I can only laugh at your guarantees. Lets discuss facts: Joining to Pakistan 10% !! Bull !! A country which can’t even secure its own citizens, which is waiting to fall for Taliban, the one with a permanent begging bowl…well even Pakistani’s would laugh at your proposal.

    Regarding independence, that’s another balloon in thin air. Landlocked between 3 states India, China, Pakistan, where the Afghanistan situation guarantees US presence for next decade and US-China showdown guarantees international attention in the coming decades, what makes you think that even hypothetically a landlocked country can survive independently. Let’s take it, the only option of Jammu/Kashmir is India or Pakistan. And I see no reason why I should even think about Pakistan. The recent elections were testimony to this fact.

  13. […] the Cry Baby that never stops crying injustice – ranks at 186, giving us a decent indicator of where the money is […]

  14. Mr K , get your facts right. You said half a million people visit Amarnath and Vaishno Devi shrines. I think in case of Vaishno Devi your figure is off by atleast 7.5 million. While Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has considerable assets, Amarnath Shrine Board is not even permitted to own the land that yatra is held on and after that you expect it to bankroll hospital for Kashmiris. Vaishno Devi is second richest shrine after Tirupati, while govt restricts the no of yatris to Amarnath. If you repeat a lie 1000 times it does not become the truth. You call Jammu cry babies again and again, please tell me why despite the fact that Jammu region has more population, it has less assembly seats, why Delimitation excercise was done for entire country but our Assembly postponed it to 2020. I can go on but can you answer me why one man one vote system is not followed in our State?

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