Cli­mate cri­sis must unite the world

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Re­fer to ‘Cli­mate change is killing us but wait, a sil­ver lin­ing’ by In­dra­jit Hazra (ATM, Oc­to­ber 6). The present day con­sen­sus re­flects three foun­da­tional as­pi­ra­tions. First, hu­man be­ings should be able to en­joy a de­cent qual­ity of life. Sec­ond, hu­man­ity should be­come ca­pa­ble of re­spect­ing the finite­ness of the bio­sphere. Third, the as­pi­ra­tions for a good life should not pre­clude a healthy ecosys­tem. All the na­tions should unite and act now to ame­lio­rate, if not re­verse, cli­mate change.

Colonel R D Singh (retd),

The Kash­miri pop­u­la­tion has re­sponded to In­dia’s ac­tion with mass civil dis­obe­di­ence. With all their lead­er­ship locked up across the spec­trum, with no means of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with one an­other, they ap­pear to be act­ing in con­cert to show re­sis­tance. Should we be wor­ried or con­cerned about them or about what we are do­ing to them and what is go­ing on?

Ac­tu­ally, few of us know what’s go­ing on there be­cause lo­cal TV channels in Kash­mir have never been per­mit­ted by Delhi. On Fri­day, the state gov­ern­ment pub­lished an ad­ver­tise­ment in a news­pa­per that was re­veal­ing. Com­ment­ing on it, a tweet from Me­hbooba Mufti’s ac­count said: “No­tice the plead­ing tone of state ad­min in a front page ad for Greater Kash­mir. De­spite the bru­tal lock­down since 5th Au­gust, Kash­miris have been res­o­lute about a civil cur­few as a mark of protest. If the authoritie­s truly cared for peo­ple, they’d lift the tele­com ban.”

The ad­ver­tise­ment seems to sug­gest that ‘normalcy’ (a word we have been hear­ing about Kash­mir for 30 years now) was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the pop­u­la­tion. It was un­signed but ended with the line “Gov­ern­ment of Jammu & Kash­mir.” The ad­min­is­tra­tion doesn’t give the back­ground for why it pub­lished this. It as­sumes that read­ers know what is go­ing on.

I didn’t re­alise this till see­ing this ad­ver­tise­ment that we are be­ing fed a to­tally dif­fer­ent nar­ra­tive than what is present on the ground. To ex­am­ine this as­pect and for clar­ity from the state, I thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to re­pro­duce the text of the ad­ver­tise­ment in full be­low. In brack­ets are the queries that I have that arise from its as­ser­tions. Here goes:

“CLOSED SHOPS (why are they closed?) NO PUB­LIC TRANS­PORT? (why isn’t the gov­ern­ment run­ning pub­lic trans­port?)

WHO BEN­E­FITS? (who?)

Are we go­ing to suc­cumb to mil­i­tants? (how can any­one suc­cumb? There are 300 ac­tive mil­i­tants, J&K po­lice chief Dil­bag Singh says. Against them are 4.5 lakh armed forces — army, para­mil­i­tary and J&K po­lice.)

THINK!!! (okay, let’s do that)

For over 70 years now, the peo­ple of J&K have been

MES­SAGE OF RE­SIS­TANCE: Kash­miris seem to have re­sponded to the In­dian gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion with civil dis­obe­di­ence

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