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KISHTWAR: From the last year each citizen of Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir state is aware about the splendid working style of District Magistrate Kishtwar Shri Angrez Singh Rana who soon after holding this prestigious post of Kishtwar district created eco friendly relationship and cordial atmosphere among all communities across this highly sensitive district. 

A young , dynamic and honest KAS officer holding this prestigious post as District Magistrate Kishtwar in J&K state brought a sea change in the work culture while acting tough against the blemished officers/officials . He never let any erring government servant to go Scot free. he day when Sh Angrez Singh Rana joined his duties as District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar was one of the historic day when the people of Kishtwar started redeeming their tryst with destiny. 

Being an officer down to earth who took full fledged responsibilities as an administrator, never took any break and performed his duties relentlessly with utmost dedication and devotion. He immediately called a meeting of all officers/officials to create corruption free environment and impressed upon them to perform their duties with sincerity, honesty and dedication . He also asked general public to approach him personally so that their grievanve could be addressed in a time bound manner . He fixed deadlines to the officers to redress the grievance of the poor public and in case if any officer failed to comply timeline, he never hesitate to take stringent action against him.

n Kishtwar district , now every citizen is approaching District Administrative Head personally without any hitch for redressal of their grievances as District Magistrate is holding public darbars , grievance redressal camps , awareness programmes across whole district in length and breadth including  the  far-flung regions and bad pocket areas of the district. It was a historic day that during public darbar held at Bunjwah on 15th Sep 2018 , Angrez Singh Rana District Magistrate Kishtwar along with all district/ sectoral officers redressed the grievances raised by public of Bunjwah on spot which  happened for the first time  and visit of such upright and sincere officer in this remote region left an indelible impression in the minds of people of Bonjwah area regarding the honesty , pro poor approach and integrity of the District Magistrate.

Beside this , District Magistrate along with all other sectoral officers is regularly holding public darbars , Grievance Redressal camps at Block and Tehsil levels in all tehsils in Kishtwar district .  During these Redressal camps , District Magistrate Kishtwar released various funds for different developmental activities of these regions and asked general public for their co-operation towards creating corruption free environment in Kishtwar. 

It is a matter of great pride for the people of Kishtwar to say that District Magistrate Sh Angrez Singh Rana largely succeeded in eradicating the corrupt practices used to be practised in Govt offices  before his joining and as of now every government employee working in this district think thousand times before indulging in any misdeed,  it is all because of staunch and able administration of Sh Angrez Singh Rana. 

During the tenure of Angrez Singh Rana from Sep 2017 no untoward incident of any communal frenzy happened. He strictly enforced law and order and handled the grim situation arisen after the killing of Parihar brothers in the district in an efficacious manner. In a simple interactive talk of Special Correspondent with Sh Angrez Singh Rana, the Officer said that Kishtwar is a town of Sufis and saints who worked together for  maintaining brotherhood and amity among all communities despite of the fact that bad elements tried to create fissures/hate among Hindu and Muslim community, but it was due to the blessings of these sacred souls that fundamentalist evil people could not succeed in their nefarious designs. 

Kishtwar the land of saffron, sapphire and shrines was an independent hilly state during the medieval period when Maharaja Gulab Singh, the Dogra ruler of Jammu annexed it in 1821 AD. District Kishtwar was carved out from the erstwhile District Doda during the year 2007-08 when the Chief Minister of state Sh Ghulam Nabi Azad had taken a historic decision for creation of the new district .It has the unique distinction of being one of the biggest districts of the state in area just next to Leh and Kargil districts. Its area is almost one half of the total area of eleven districts of the valley and one third of the area of the Jammu region which too has eleven districts. 

History, geography, topography, demography, area and population define the status of a place or region. Kishtwar is almost mountainous like that of Himachal or Ladakh region. District Kishtwar has its boundaries touching the valleys of Himachal in the south east and Doda on South-West. The entire district is full of mountains, forest and hills. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs all resides here with peace, amity and brotherhood. He advised the people of Kishtwar to follow the lofty ideas and preachings of saints,seers and peers for which Kishtwar is well known and famous for and not to fall prey to the hate speeches and malicious propaganda of few anti social elements existing in the society.

In reply to a question raised by correspondent about the killing of Parihar brothers , District Magistrate replied that it was very unfortunate incident and expressed his heartfelt condolence and sympathy towards the breaved families.  Replying on queries of investigation in the gruesome killing of Parihar brothers by some unknown persons, District Magistrate replied that  SIT of JKP was constituted and Section 144 as well as Curfew was imposed across town and even internet service were snapped to avoid any untoward incident .  Adding that , the investigation was later handed to NIA , the primer investigating agency of the country. He expressed his hope that very soon the accused persons will be put behind bars. Since the creation of newly carved district in 2007 , a number of District Magistrates got posted at Kishtwar but Sh Angrez Singh Rana created a niche as a District Magistrate among all with his honesty and sheer dedication  who without any delay settles the grievance of the poor people on spot and also take stern action against erring officers.  

"Highlights"

Beside as an administrative head of district , Sh Angrez Singh Rana took a series of steps for empowerment and development of the district through various means . To curb the menance of false and fake news , Registration of WhatsApp group was major achievement which was later adopted by other districts and states across India as well as by some foreign countries at international level . Taking the initiative , as an able administrator , Ordered to dump dry grass at far away distance from homes to avoid any circumstance of fire incidents . Taking a strong note of complaints of private IGNOU center's regarding corruption and other mass copying charges,  constituted flying squad to conduct free and fair exams.  

To curb menance of corruption in government offices , District Magistrate brought transparency and accountability among all departments . He urged upon Socio Political Activist to bring up the genuine issues in his knowledge so that early action and redressal of grievance could be ensured . Taking strong note of Rural Development Department and Blocks of Kishtwar district, He stressed upon concerned authorities to bring transparency and take initiatives of development as per objectives and aims  of various schemes including MGNREGA , SBM , PAMY etc. Also issued order of physical verification of works under taken by department including the execution of works under CDF and MPLADS. Curbed the absentee culture in schools and other institutions. 

Started campaign of No fuel No hamlets and issued order to petrol pump owners not to fill fuel tanks of a motorcyclist / biker found not wearing halmet. Keeping the pride and crown of Kishtwar maintained , issued order over complete imposition of ban on vehicles in historic chowgan ground . He further banned illegal extraction / mining of stones and destroyed the nexus of illegal mining run by some  influential  persons. He also removed illegal encroachment on State land. He  strongly dealt with the black mailers with iron fist and put check on black mailers .  Not only this he imposed fine over littering and spreading filth and achieved the targets under Swachh Bharat Mission with a missionary zeal.  

This was for the first time in the district that both Municipal and Panchayat Elections were successfully and peacefully completed under his stewardship. He is really striving hard day and night to achieve the set out targets under Ayushmann Bharat and is taking hourly reviews with officers ensuring that the deserving beneficiaries may avail the health insurance benefits.    

Started campaign of Beti Bachao Beti Parao with full swing , extra surge and zeal and is convening weekly activities under the scheme whereas he also urged the media correspondents to highlight the importance of Beti Bachao Beti Parao Scheme besides all central  as well as state sponsored schemes among rural masses in order to avail maximum benefits of social benefits and development schemes.

Though it's a natural instinct and views of some vested people to criticize or raise fingers on his honesty and dedication for their personal gains, but their criticism or  maligned campaign even at behest of some murky politicians completely got trashed before the strong will, grit and determination of Sh Angrez Singh Rana who undoubtedly is one of the best administrator in the state. It is high time to vote and salute such honest and dedicated officer for his relentless , disciplined and praise worthy works viz a viz eco friendly and secular approach among all.


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We have heard thousands of success stories where people go from rags to riches. Kashmir, the alcove where conflict is a norm and daily existence for people is itself a survival challenge,a village boy from the inner core of forests reaches to the zenith of success only to fall of his choice.Today he is back where from he began but not before becoming the idol and inspiration for millions of youth of the country.

Shah Faesal, the IAS topper of 2010 batch was not an achievement but a history itself for being the first IAS topper from Jammu and Kashmir and first Muslim in India in the history of such a coveted examination.There after the flood gates of young boys and girls being selected every year opened since shah became national icon and change maker in the history of Jammu and Kashmir,at least for the aspiring youth of the state. 

During his stint of nine years, Shah worked on various important portfolios of ACR, Deputy Commissioner but his tenure as Director School Education had itself been another epoch of change and refurbishment in the system. He not only took several revolutionary steps but gave teachers their due place and respect. He passed an order to call teachers “Sir” or “Jenab” and offer them due respect whenever they visit the Directorate which was seen as an emulation of western culture where teachers are at the top of hierarchy and most respected lot of society. He later served as Managing Director JKPDC before leaving for Harvard for Higher Education.

In his short span of Bureaucratic Career , Faesal had been the cynosure of debates ,vdiscussions and controversies. Whereas larger section of society looked up to him as role model but there is also a major chunk of people who raise question mark on his credibility and his becoming of IAS topper itself. The later depict his feat as a planned gift to legitimize the Indian occupation in Kashmir.

He wrote umpteen articles on policy matter but those concerning the conflict in Kashmir created storm in the state and for  the executing agencies itself. His articles on Kashmir where He discusses the idea of India and future of Kashmir being safe with India created ripples and storm in the political landscape of Kashmir. The people of Kashmir even called him collaborator whose aim is to legitimize the occupation of India  in Kashmir. Any write up both in social and mainstream media injected a thought and certainly backlash from the audience. He remained at the centre of discussion and debates in the social circles of state.

Even during his studies at Harvard, Faesal remained active via live videos and updates. He was served an explaination from his controlling department from Delhi for being vocal and criticizing the government on increased cases of mob lynching across the country. His response to the explaination was even more out of practice and protocol when He posted it on his twitter handler with a sarcastic remark “ I haven’t mortgaged my freedom of speech for monthly salary”. These bold expressions and extrovert remarks from a serving bureaucrat that too from Kashmir raised serious eye brows on Faesal locking horns with the system.

No sooner did Faesal landed in India, the news of his resignation began doing the rounds and social media was buzz with this new and surprising development. His inclination towards the politics was predicted by senior and world renowned Journalist Barkha Dutt in the month of July 2018 itself but none imagined that it would come since a country and more farther from a state where lacs of youngsters every year toil and squeeze themselves to be among the ranks of bureaucracy leave alone being the topper among the lot. But Shah Faesal put all the speculations aside with his post on social media that he is resigning from his job with detailed reasons of choosing such a path.

Faesal wrote on his "Facebook" handler a brief note sharing the screen shot on his twitter handler as well that he is resigning from his job keeping in view of unabated killings in Kashmir, marginalization ,invisiblisation of 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of hindutva forces in the country. He also castigated the neutralization of institutions and bad governance in the country. Kashmir erupted like a molten lava responding again with a mixed reaction of acceptance and rejection of his bold decision. People started circulating the news of joining national conference but Shah again posted a note calling for a youth convention in Kashmir to take the advise from the youth for his future course of action.

The story of Shah from a "Youth Icon" in terms of his professional excellence to a common man again in the lap of bigger political ocean is itself a genre of historical story, How a small boy from a distant village amidst the turbulence and bloodshed which even consumed the life of his father at a very young age, his migration, his struggle for being a Medico , turning to bureaucracy and finally settling from a fresh dot towards new political journey.

The decision of Shah Faesal is indeed a bold decision, a decision beyond the psyche of any common individual but the million dollar question arises as to how he would sustain his life time decision in a place ridden with conflict with each issue having hundred facets and multiple perspectives. Jammu and Kashmir is not state like delhi where an anti crusade and anti corruption protagonist Arvind Kejriwal was given decisive mandate for a better governance. Kashmir is a place where even the staunch supporters of main stream raise the slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” in the well of assembly. Good governance, development, infrastructure and plethora of welfare state measures go to bin when the cry of alienation and occupation hit the streets.

Shah was welcomed both by Umar and Omar where his coming was depicted by one as political gain and a new figure to ameliorate the sufferings of Kashmiris by other. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq even gave a tacit invitation to Faesal to make his choice out of his conviction for which he stood. Shah Faesal left joined the services with a purpose and today he is leaving with a conviction to allay the fears and ameliorate the sufferings of the people more particularly of the minorities and Muslims of india but to expect miracles from him is beyond expectations and mere exaggeration but he can undoubtedly make a huge impact on the political discourse in the present scenario.

Shah in his latest interview to BBC makes it clear that He wanted to serve the people through parliamentary means with in the ambit of constitution. He neither wants to float his own political party nor be among the ranks of separatists as being projected by many people. He wants to rejuvenate the public delivery system and governing parameters of the state through a regional political party. This must be born in mind that He is Kashmiri who made kashmir proud by his successes even by his idiosyncratic ways and being extrovert in his discourses.its too early to judge him from our fears and prejudices and make him party to one or the other group.

Let him settle, let him decide and let us see what He has in store for kashmir and country before we jump to our conclusions. All we can do is to hope for a new idea of kashmir which can at least lessen its sufferings and save its precious lives in the mayhem. Lets reserve our individual judgement for the time to come , if it hasn’t changed until now doesn’t mean we should resort of cynicism and hopelessness because even after decades of struggle, the ignition to French Revolution came from a baker shop which gave the world the principles of liberty and equality.


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SRINAGAR: Through the century’s women has played a diverse role in society to ensure the stability, progress, and peace development amidst the social issues and restrictions as a mother, a sister, a wife and a daughter. The Kashmir is not an exception as women of Kashmir has prospered in every field. People have misconception that women are suppressed in Kashmir. Kashmiri Women are equally empowered and have successfully achieved the heights in the field of science, medicine, aviation, education and in entrepreneurship.

Two budding Young inspiration women, Wani sumaira a real estate, tour and travel business women and  Nadia Baqal a young budding photo journalist  are among those hundreds of the successful women achievers of the Valley of Kashmir. Talking to KNB Nadia Baqal an emerging photo journalist said, "From my childhood I was interested in photography as I used to watch the programs on Animal planet which inspired me to become a photographer and used to click the pictures of the different objects.  My friend Ansab Sadiya discovered the hidden talent of mine and she suggested and encouraged to choose this field.

"It is very difficult as a female to choose such field for profession. Whenever we have to go on field work, people always criticize. But success is not possible until you face and tolerate such things and with time everything starts to fit at right place and at right time. Another inspiring girl namely  Sumaira wani   from Srinagar who  is successfully  conducting the  business  of share marketing, real estate and tour and travel settings an example for the youths of the Valley especially the aspiring girls .

Narrating the story of success to KNB she said, “I started my career as an insurance policy agent back in 2014 but I miserably failed to cope with the job which served as a lesson and I learnt a lot about the reality of life. "I was always interested in business and had a dream to become a successful business women and worked hard to achieve my dream. My parents did not supported me initially as they were not able to understand what I was trying to do, they stressed to go for the government job  but with the time they supported me.

"My message would be like that, “Parents should supports their children especially the girls to pursue their dream. They should believe on themselves and what they do instead of focusing on sayings of the people around us. Men and women have different attitude towards the failure and success , a man is  metaphored as iron , which is more brittle to break but the women is much more flexible just like a flexible branch of the tree which bends amid the calamities and are hardest to break. Now Kashmiri women is coming forward to pursue their despite knowing that Kashmir is a conflict zone.