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7/5/08

The problem with no solution

It is common knowledge that people in Kashmir are suffering from more ailments these days than anytime in the past. Kashmir used to be renowned as a place where sick people used to visit in order to recover from sickness and get healthy. The pristine natural beauty used to have a healing effect on these patients.

I am certain that Kashmiris are not in as good a physical and mental health than what they used to be only a few decades ago. Many claim that this decline in physical fitness and increase in health related issues is merely a reflection of better access to doctors and specialists who are identifying these ailments and diseases which otherwise would have gone un-diagnosed. This might very well be the case in some instances, but to attribute this reason to most cases is being too optimistic.

In my opinion, the sudden spike in the outburst of health issues has more to do with our changing lifestyles than any other reasons; and it certainly warrants a thorough research to suggest some remedies and inform the public about the choices they have in terms of getting accustomed to a new lifestyle.

The new lifestyle that I am referring to is getting used to the militancy in Kashmir. It is an established fact that there are a huge number of psychiatric cases in Kashmir and this needs no justification or elaboration. It is heart-wrenching just to mention it here. Anyone watching the news in the last couple of days must have learnt about the young girl in India who went into a shock after being ridiculed by judges who were critical of her dancing. The little girl went into a shock and is in a state of paralysis which resulted in her losing her speech as well. All this over a dancing incident and no violence was involved. Now let us go back to the spike in psychiatric cases in Kashmir ever since the onset of militancy here. Consider the horror of a Kashmrir girl seeing her brother or father being terrorized and shot in front of her eyes by the Indian paramilitary forces. The spike in these psychiatric cases is a testament to these incidents and many of these cases are exactly because young Kashmiri children went into a shock after witnessing the death of a loved one (probably a militant whom the Indian paramilitary forces killed in cold-blood in front of his family after raiding his house in the middle of the night - that is usually the case in many of these "encounters").

Although the psychiatric cases are a tragic outcome and only time and love can help those victims; the physical welness is upto us and we could certainly improve our well-being.

Our lifestyles have changed because of increased immobility, watching too much TV, and the wanton consumption of quick-snacks and soft-drinks. The most obvious consequence of militancy is the restriction imposed upon people's movements because of constant crackdowns in the 90's to almost regular hartals and curfews even at the present time. This immobility of Kashmiris has drastically reduced the already little exercise they used to get by walking to the bus stop, going out to the market, or even getting out for a stroll after sunset. The interference with peoples day-to-day life has left Kashmiris with little choice but to sit back and watch TV, and snack up on high-carb treats - readily available these days.

Another nail in the coffin of the health of Kashmiris is the introduction of bottled juices. It is the preferred drink to serve our guests these days. Gone are the days when the healthy lime-juice used to be served. It seems that us Kashmiris are easily attracted to any vice which will reduce our physical efforts to prepare just about any meal or cold drink. The bottled juices are an easy replacements to the laborious task of preparing fresh lime juice each time our guests visit us. If only more people were made aware of the harmful affects of the ingredients of these bottled juices, maybe they would think twice before sipping on this concoction of slow-poison. These juices are packed with sugar which is fattening and preservatives which deteriorate our immune system. Some juices also contain a preservative called Soduim Benzoate, which is a hormone disrupter. In layman terms, it means that normal people will become homosexuals if this hormone disruption takes place on a large scale.

All these bad habits - some imposed and some self-inflicted - has brought with it a windfall of lifestyle related diseases such as Diabetes, Obesity, Gall and Kidney stones, high blood-pressure and Cholestrol and a long list of heart diseases.

5 comments:

  1. Dear Koshur:

    I am glad that more Kashmiris are starting a process of dialogue on the internet. While I do not agree with the many conspiracy theories presented in your blog, I do respect the fact that you are out there trying to present your side of the story. So, keep it up.

    I would suggest that when you make statements such as "It is common knowledge that in Kashmir people are suffering from more ailments these days than anytime in the past.", you may want to present them more as your opinion than as a fact. You do provide any empirical evidence to support such statement. Feelings while important cannot be used to distort facts. So, I would urge you to present material in a more considered way.

    Until next time...

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  2. Good work... Keep it up... Just one point.....replace the term "Security forces" with Indian forces as Kashmiris no longer consider them doing a security job

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  3. @KashmirGlobal:

    Visited your blog. Hope to see more posts on your blog in future.

    As far as disagreeing with my conspiracy theories, would you elaborate exactly which theory you find far-fetched? and why.

    It is common knowledge that the health of Kashmiris has deteriorated in the past 20 years, and I have mentioned that a thorough research is needed to substatiate my theory. Ofcourse it is my opinion ;) (I have noted that it is "common knowledge" and as far as I remember from grammar classes, we do not have to cite sources when something is common knowledge)

    Thankyou for the comment and hope to hear from you again.

    Good luck with your blog..

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  4. @Ajaz Ahmad Kashmiri:

    Thankyou for the comment. Noted and heeded your advice. Changed over "security forces" with "paramilitary forces".

    Thankyou for the advise and encouragement.

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  5. Hi Koshur. First of all, thanks for including my comment. I appreciate it. At some point, I will share my thoughts on conspiracy theories etc. on my blog (thanks for visiting). On the use of common knowledge, I understand the grammar of it, it is the usage in your particular case that I differed with. Here's a brief definition of common knowledge ""Common knowledge" can be defined as facts that the majority of members of a community can be expected to know." The operative word here is "facts". It is common knowledge and a fact that Dr. Farooq Abdullah has been a Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. However, it is not a proven fact that health of Kashmiris has deteriorated over the past 20 years. It may be a common perception but not common knowledge...because no fact has been proven. Here's a site that shines more light on this (http://www.barnard.edu/english/reinventingliteraryhistory/plagiarism/sources.html#three). But, let's continue our discussions and not make our interaction only abut language. Until next time...

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