Kashmiri team in Geneva to expose Indian atrocities
UNITED NATIONS—A Kashmir delegation arrived here to attend the 32nd session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A group of activists from Indian-occupied Kashmir are leading the Kashmiri delegation to the largest international gathering of diplomats and human rights defenders at Palais des Nations in Geneva. Rights activists and defenders will interact with representatives of more than 190 countries and contribute to the global humanitarian agenda.
The Kashmir delegation’s presence counters India’s desperate attempts to play down the conflictat international forums. “This is the time to push India in a corner over its horrid record in Kashmir,” said Altaf Hussain Wani, who belongs to Srinagar but lives with his family in exile in Pakistan like thousands of other Kashmiris. Kashmir is the oldest pending item on the agenda of UN Security Council.Violating its international commitments to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, India has issued nonbailable arrest warrants on Monday for Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Geelani, two leading peaceful freedom activists. The Indian clampdown is designed to stop Malik and Geelanifrom organizing a seminar in Srinagar on Israelstyle settlements that India plans in Kashmir to move population from India into the valley and change demography in its favor. “We need to draw more international attention to India’s plans and actions in Kashmir,” said Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, a lawyer who belongs to Srinagar and lives in Pakistan. Pakistan is home to the largest population of Kashmiris outside Kashmir. Hundreds of families are also exiled here from parts of Kashmir under occupation. They are here to escape unrest and suppression.
2Activists in Kashmir have been getting creative in their peaceful resistance to Indian occupation.
In May, 2016, hotels and halls in Srinagar refused to allow a Kashmiri author to hold a book launch. Hall managers said they feared Indian reprisals. So the author launched the book on the roadside.—Email in Budgam district who have to wear masks and come with scented handkerchiefs to overcome the stench emanating from the heaps of garbage that is creation of the locals living in the area. Students told the journalist who reported the matter that it is extremely difficult to come daily for the studies in such an unhygienic atmosphere.
Students have appealed Government to clear these heaps of garbage near their school and have said that they may be otherwise forced not to attend the classes. This is not the only school in Srinagar outskirts that goes through the ordeal; there are dozens of schools in Srinagar city where students face same problems as waste is piled in the open spaces near their localities.
Why does SMC fail to keep the city clean? Has Government ever pondered over this issue or has its hands been full with other problems – like the usual law and order? The basic hygiene in the Srinagar city does not seem a priority to them? Should SMC embark on the path of public-private partnership to make the city clean and bring in the private players who can hire the rag pickers on some salary to keep the city clean?
There seems to be a simple solution to a grave problem of stinking Srinagar city, as the SMC vehicles collect the solid waste during day time making the entire atmosphere fill with foul smell.
Why don’t the authorities apply their mind and clean the city during the night and keep it ready for the people, tourists and ‘durbaris’ at the morning hours? They can make the employees to work in the night-shift and allow the people to have fresh air in the morning by keeping restricting all operations of collecting the solid waste during night hours.
It will also reduce the burden on roads and alleviate the chronic traffic jam problem. It gets worse when people who are stranded in these jams are forced to take in city’s stench pouring out from the garbage collecting vehicles. firstname.lastname@example.org —Courtesy: Rising Kashmir