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Disastrous, failed policies of BJP Govt responsible for Kashmir mess: Tarigami

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Bhubaneshwar, Dec 29: Terming the current phase of unrest in Kashmir as unprecedented, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that the disastrous and failed policies pursued by the BJP Government in New Delhi during the last four and half years were responsible for the current mess in the Valley.
While addressing a series of seminars in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, he said during the last four and half years of BJP rule at the Center, its Kashmir policy has been a failure. The current phase of unrest is unprecedented. There was alienation before also, but in the last few years it has depended. The truth is that there is huge alienation, anger and disillusionment among Kashmiris and the reason is that the BJP Government looks at Kashmir only through the prism of security. The core of BJP Govt’s Kashmir policy remains exclusive reliance on repression, use of disproportionate force. Continued hate campaigns, harassment of Kashmiri students in certain states is only adding fuel to the fire. The communalization of politics by the Sangh Parivar has created a situation of mistrust.
“The record of the present regime in Delhi is not only disappointing, it has also added fuel to the fire because of its erroneous policies vis-à-vis Kashmir. In 2014 when Parliament and Assembly elections were held, there was huge participation of people. However, dismal voting percentage was recorded during by-election to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. On one hand Government of India (GoI) boasts that it held Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat elections in the state, but the fact is that the by-election to Parliament constituency of south Kashmir could not be held in two and half years due to the unrest,” Tarigami added.
He said that during a seminar on “Challenges To Our Composite Culture, Harmony and Parliamentary Democracy” organised by Odisha Jana Chetana Manch, he said, Sangh-Parivar’s hate camping against minorities and Dalits across country in the name of Gua Raksha and other such issues is one of the reasons responsible for the current unrest in Kashmir. The emergence of the BJP at the national level and greater targeting of the minorities, Dalits, unreasonable, irrational statements against them by those in authority has only added to the already existing uncertainty in Kashmir.
Tarigami said that it frightened Kashmiris and sense of insecurity increased. Several people were killed in mob lynching in the Indian mainland and it resulted in a new wave of unrest and the response of the GoI has been negative. Right now, an average Kashmiri feels that if at all there is some unrest, the government of India will show only one type of response – that of pellets, bullets and tear gas.
Despite assurances by New Delhi that it will resume the dialogue, the only approach in the last four-and half years has been maximum use of force. In the last four years around 300 civilians were killed, but no enquiry was held ever, and no one was held accountable.
I appeal democratic forces in the country to intervene and raise the voice within and outside the Parliament to put an end to this disastrous policy pursued by the BJP-Government. People in the rest of India do not know the sufferings of people of Kashmir.
If the BJP Government continues to terrorize the people, it will only be adding to the limited number of militants at present. The Government must understand that Kashmir’s problem is because of accumulation of political, social, and human factors and not merely because Pakistan is trying to make inroads in Kashmir.
Kashmir’s problem is a historical one and the massive unrest has only deepened by the successive wrongs of the governments in Delhi, and particularly made worse by the one headed by Modi. These policies, if not reversed are bound to endanger the very foundations of the Republic. It is very clear now that Modi Govt is trying the Kashmir situation to help its campaign of deepening communal polarization across the country in the run up to the general elections.
Tarigami addressed the seminar as chief guest with Janardan Pati, senior CPI (M) leader and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik besides others spoke on the occasion.
A public meeting held at KHORDHA, a place of popular uprisings was also addressed by Tarigami, Janardan Pati and leader of opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingh Misra along with other leaders.


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Growing misuse of mobile phone kills creativity among children: PSAJK

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Srinagar, March 18: Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Monday expressed its concern over the growing misuse of mobile phones by children in homes and schools alike, as the trend is not only killing the creativity among children and teens but also pushing them towards moral degradation and other ills.

The spokesman said that association after deliberations with several schools and experts have decided to take several steps including the imposition of fines, confiscation of mobile phones and counselling, to confront the menace. “With every passing day, the growing use of mobile phones, e-games and other such applications by our students are having a disastrous impact on them. Be it mobile games or video creating applications, uncontrolled use has become a huge problem. It not only distracts students from academics but affects his health and leads to many social ills,” said G N Var chairman PSAJK. “We are taking remedial measures and for its to be successful we need cooperation from parents too.”

The Association has decided to ban the mobile phones and other such electronic gadgets in school premises. “Anybody found using these mobile phones will be subjected to fine besides confiscation of mobile phones, by the respective school authorities. The fine will increase proportionately for repeat offenders. For repeat offenders the parents will be summoned to schools too,” said Var. “At homes too, the screen time of students has to be restricted and here parents need to do their effort. There is a need for the strict parental watch on the use of mobiles by their wards.”

 

The Association said that modern technology has brought a lot of benefits but at the same time it has its disadvantages if used without care. “The excess screen time is killing creativity among students and this will become worse with every passing day. Such is the bad effects of these gadgets that tech giants like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs used to keep their children away from these phones,” said Var. “

The Associations said that besides having a negative effect on health, the mobile phones are also leading to moral degradation and loss of social values among students particularly teenagers. “Teenagers are attracted to such devices but without parental watch they particularly girls can land themselves in severe troubles,” said Var. “There have already been some incidents involving mobile phones and steps need to be taken before it goes out of hand.”

Citing global studies, the Association said that early introduction to electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, is linked to speech delays in toddlers, reduced sleep and delayed sleep onset. Older children, including teenagers, are also feeling the negative effects of screen time, with poor sleep quality and higher incidences depression (related to social media use in teens).

The Association is also in talks with subject specialists and course is being prepared for counselling the students against ill-effects of mobile phones. “We have also appealed the schools to prepare the best material available on the internet to tackle the growing use of mobiles even by toddlers and make students understand about its impact,” said Var. “For our efforts to succeed we also need cooperation from parents. They too need to control their screen time and keep a watch on their wards when it comes to using the internet.”

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Bachelor degree students demand reduction in syllabus

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Srinagar, March 18: The 5th semester students of three year bachelor’s degree on Monday sought reduction in their 5th and 6th semester syllabus by 50 percent.    .

Staging protest at Press Enclave, the students explained that they have very little time to complete their syllabus therefore, it is important that the syllabus is reduced by half.

“Kashmir University (KU) has asked us to appear in the 5th and 6th semester examination simultaneously. It is really hectic to prepare for both the semesters simultaneously,” said a Javeed Ahmad of IITM, Hyderpora.

 

Another student, Irshad Ahmad said that they were yet to complete the syllabus of 5th semester.

“In August, the KU has asked to appear in the examination. How can we complete the syllabus in a short span of time? The authorities should rethink over their decision, ”Irshad said.

“At least, the syllabus should be reduced by 50%. If KU authorities will not reduce the syllabus, many of us won’t be able to qualify the examination. Our future is at stake,” he added.

The student also lashed out at the KU authorities for failing to declare the result of 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester in time.

“The result of backlog students is still awaited. We fail to understand, why the result has not been declared. We urge the authorities to announce the result at an earliest,” they added.

The students threatened to hit the streets in case the syllabus was not reduced.

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KU celebrates Int’l Women’s Day

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Srinagar|Mar 18: One day seminar ‘Balance For Better’, celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 was held here at Gandhi Bhawan University of Kashmir on Monday.

The event was organized by Centre For Women’s Studies and Research University of Kashmir.

Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Professor Talat Ahmad while presiding over the seminar appreciated the working of Women’s Studies and Research Centre KU.

 

He said that having courses related to women is very important for any educational institute as benefitting women in any way would ultimately benefit the society.

Praising the role of the University in empowering women Prof Talat said that the varsity has created many opportunities for women. “We have out-reach programs for women who are not able to reach to university.”

Prof Talat assured that he would facilitate all the recommendations given by the centre to make better the working of the Women’s Studies and Research Centre.

Ex -State Vigilance Commissioner and Retired Principal District Session Judge Gous-ul-Nissa Jeelani who was the guest of honour, in her key note address said that women everywhere face many challenges and that gender discrimination is ingrained into the sub-consciousness of our society.

“There is a conventional mindset operating in the society working on the pattern of men being earners and women being care-takers, while the most important empowering tool for women is financial independence, so there is a lot that needs to be done to modify the mindset of our society,” she said.

Jeelani also added that there are meaningful differences that exist between men and women, they however should not amount to inequality.

“Gender equity is the key concept in addressing the issues relating to inequalities instead of gender equality.”

Dean College Development Council KU Prof Neelofar Khan who was the special guest on the occasion said that ever since the inception of Women Studies Centre at the University there has been immense support from the Vice Chancellor.

She said that the department has been working with a lot of zest to uplift women. “Advocacy and capacity building are among other the mandate of the centre,” Prof Khan added.

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