Climate crisis must unite the world
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