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Analyze on few points.

  • The Kashmir no not an easy place to work for even profession journalists, why was she so much interested in Kashmir instead she can get the opportunity in metro cites easily?
  • When she was asked will she be comfortable in staying at residence, she said will talk to parents, why she didn’t replied straight ‘NO? 
  • Why she waited for the whole next day and did not posted on the social media?
  • And she has clearly mentioned in comment that she wanted to build pressure. For what purpose she wanted to build pressure?
  • And the important thing to note here is, internship in journalism is sought by those freshers who complete their degree in journalism and wanted to gain some practical experience under the supervision of a senior.  But when you will go through the resume of this girl, she has not any degree in journalism. Secondly in her resume and profile details she claimed to have worked as Editor, Editor-in-Chief and other positions, so what is compelling her to go for internship at own expenses? How convincing is this that an Editor-in-Chief seeks internship that too from a lesser known online outlet? Isn’t the intention questionable? 
  • If she was harassed, as she is claiming, then why she was waiting for our response whether we will offer her internship, check her last message, it clears everything.

JAMMU: Quite strange but it is a fact, these days few people with some hidden intentions to get publicity and sympathy across and develop pressure tactics on selected individuals to cash some benefits or favours have started approaching you on social media or on your personnel numbers instead of formal official communiqué emails.

Firstly they will approach in a humble way and pretend to be so innocent that you will think of helping them, they seek. But keeping in view the fake presence of such people on the social media, it is obvious one goes own way for inquiries, to find out the intentions of the person contacting you. In the process you inquire about every possible aspect, before offering help or assistance.

As obvious, ways may be different from individual to individual but one asks for purpose, interest, strategy, plan, type of person and other related things, which concerns you before taking a decision or agreeing to what the other person is asking for or seeking from you.

Similarly, instead of adopting formal procedure through official email to communicate, one of our employees received a message from a person who as per social media profile appears to be a girl from Kolkata.  (As per our policy we will not be naming her).

She sought help in internship at our organisation and wanted to work in Kashmir, which is not an easy place for an unexperienced and outside state person keeping in mind the day to day happenings and violence related incidents.

To be clear, before giving any sort of commitment, we have to be concerned about the person’s safety, like where the person can stay, and how the person wanted to work at a place which observes shutdown, witnesses’ stone pelting incidents and violence. The girl was clearly told that she will not be paid anything if allowed to work for the organisation as intern. To this without giving a second thought, she agreed.

This gave a bit doubt to our mind, and we asked why is she interested in Kashmir only, and she gave her own opinion on that which was not convincing enough.

She was asked, where will she live, she replied that she will go for paying guest facility. The paying guest facility is not much popular in Kashmir valley and if any not easily available.  This caused a bit more doubt in our mind that what is so dire need to do internship in Kashmir and that to without and payment for work with an online outlet which is not so much popular outside. We gave her a option that she keep working own way and mail us the material, we will keep publishing and at the end, we will issue a certificate to her for her work. But she expressed that she wanted to work under a senior team member of ours.

To dig out more from inside, she was asked, will she be any problem in traveling with man for reporting, she replied quick, and said, it would be not a problem for her.  

At the same time, to know deeper of her mind, she was told that will she be willing to stay at private residence, at the same time she was told that family will not be here as they will go to village. To this every girl would gave a straight forward answer with big NO, as it is not acceptable to anyone, but, instead she said,  will talk to parents.  Moreover what is wrong in offering someone to stay if the house is empty for some time, as choice rests with the individual weather the person is comfortable or not.  

We replied clearly that no parent will ever allow this to stay at residence of a man where he is alone and family is out. This can be seen clearly from the screen shot of her post on social network, if she has posted this too. (This question was deliberate. While the reality is no family is going out to any village and no one allows any stranger girl to stay at home.  But quite surprisingly, she further added if she would have been working with for a couple of months, she would have considered staying.

During the entire conversation which ended at 11: 43 night as this side was finished with the routine work.

The last message from her was she will be waiting for our response to offer her internship with end words “Good Night” which from this side was also replied with “Good Night”.

The chat ended at 11:43 and next day passed, maybe she was waiting to get response from us, but we didn’t responded, keeping in view several things in mind. The first thing was if we offer her internship, it would become our responsibility to ensure her security and safety, to which we were not convinced at own self. So we thought of not replying back, so she understands, we will not offer this help.

And since we started our operations, we have never invited anyone till date for internship; however, we gave chance to every volunteer to contribute the stories and articles.

We were not aware that her intentions were not internship but something else.  A message was flagged to us on social media that we have harassed her. Before judging anything, one should go through the entire conversation and read between the lines, then tag us.

The question arises here, why she waited for the next day evening and posted after 5 pm, if her intentions were so clear she should have posted all the screen shots right in the morning or at the same time the conversation ended.

But no, she waited till evening that we may offer her the internship, for which she approached and when she was convinced that she will not get any reply, she narrated the story in her way on the social media and started gaining sympathy. The expressing sympathy with her is not a bad thing one should be sympathetic and helpful but they should also see the other side of coin and analyse.

They should analyse on few points.

1.      The Kashmir no not an easy place to work for even profession journalists, why was she so much interested in Kashmir instead she can get the opportunity in metro cites easily?

2.      When she was asked will she be comfortable in staying at residence, she said will talk to parents, why she didn’t replied straight ‘NO?

3.      Why she waited for the whole next day and did not posted on the social media?

4.      And she has clearly mentioned in comment that she wanted to build pressure. For what purpose she wanted to build pressure?

5.      And the important thing to note here is, internship in journalism is sought by those freshers who complete their degree in journalism and wanted to gain some practical experience under the supervision of a senior.  But when you will go through the resume of this girl, she has not any degree in journalism. Secondly in her resume and profile details she claimed to have worked as Editor, Editor-in-Chief and other positions, so what is compelling her to go for internship at own expenses? How convincing is this that an Editor-in-Chief seeks internship that too from a lesser known online outlet? Isn’t the intention questionable?

6. If she was harassed, as she is claiming, then why she was waiting for our response whether we will offer her internship, check her last message, it clears everything.

In the concluding words, it simply looks a case of planned trap, to get publicity, sympathy and visibility on social networking.  

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SRINAGAR: Lawyer, politician Safina Baigh who recently was appointed as president of the women's wing of ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said under leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba  Mufti we would ensure fast track justice in this case and punish the criminals behind the Kathua minor girl’s rape and murder case. In a an exclusive interview with Kashmir News Bureau (KNB) senior Editor Rameez Makhdoomi, Safina Beigh talks about several issues, here are the experts of the interview:

RM: How do you view the responsibility of heading JKPDP Women’s wing?

SB: At the onset I would like to state that women are fifty percent of human resource of every society and without their participation in every field a society is incomplete. Our religion Islam gave great status to women and recognized their role. In politics women have key role to play especially women are best managers and inner qualities of love, compassion makes women more suited to politics. The challenges entrusted to me is  serious but I would like to say women in Kashmir should in more vibrant manner take part in politics as they are ultimate sufferers of conflict.

RM: Do you believe more people should join politics in our part of the world?

SB: Politics should be taken as worship. Politics should be done with honesty and sincerity. I would like to request people both in mainstream and separatist polity not to mix politics with the burning issue of Kashmir. People have day to day issues to address and there are enormous social, economic, environmental issues confronting people that are to be addressed and cannot be equated with final settlement of political issue of Kashmir.

RM:: Do you believe that Justice will be delivered in Kathua heinous rape and murder of  Child that has shaken soul of humanity?

SB:: I am having full belief on institutions and my Chief Minister. The entire Indian opinion and global opinion has been galvanized over this burning issue and only few fringe elements who are minority have acted abnormally.

I am of firm belief that under leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba  Mufti we would ensure fast track justice in this case and punish the criminals behind this heinous crimes.

RM: Has this issue potential of dividing Jammu and Kashmir?

SB: Our state cannot afford polarization and I would like to applaud the Jammu people for standing with victim despite tremendous provocations by few fanatic elements.

RM: Politicians like you and others are alleged of not doing enough to heal the pain of women .Your take?

SB: We need to remind that women here are more hesitant to join the mainstream politics and I would like to take the healing touch policy of our party to grassroots and ensure participation of women in decision making. I would like to involve women who have faced brunt of violence and victims of border shelling in the process of my journey to understand accurate pulse of grassroots.

RM: Men in uniform when alleged of crimes against women are beyond ambit of justice process, your take ?

SB: I do not agree with the perception and It depends upon case to case and how you pursue it .

Your take on role of social media in politics ?

Today social media has dominant role in politics and every other field due to its tremendous reach but unfortunately here in Kashmir some are using it as weapon of character assassination .There should be healthy criticism but not use of abusive or foul language .

 RM: Will you be open to take feedback from opposite ideologies ?

SB: I do not have any hesitation from seeking advice from diverse ideologies to take corrective steps .

RM: The activists state that we have virtually zero laws against child sexual abuse, any steps in that directions ?

SB: To punish the rapists and those who abuse children we need to review all the existing laws and make them more effective stringent and also make them meet the current needs of current times.

There is definite need to give exemplary punishment to rapists and due to acts of few bad humans we cannot blame entire country or any party. Political parties need to put an united face over this burning issue as this is bringing great disrepute.

RM: What would you like to say to other women?

SB: Women should not be over-defensive and as we are equal builders of society I believe women should be assertive. 

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LEH: ST category enterpreneur, who struggeled a lot and become youngest Millionaire of Ladakh. Better known as Ladakh’s Oxygen Man for his Innovative oxygen renting business. Vicki Niaz started his oxygen plant with his uncle Mohd Iqbal in 2010 ,initially they started testing and did R&D on various aspects of running such heavy machinery in high altitude is not easy job.

After successfully testing high pressure filling he started filling oxygen Industrial cylinders and Medical oxygen cylinders but he was missing something very badly main reason to open up oxygen plant in Ladakh was for tourist who gets sick due to High Altitude sickness such as AMS Acute Mountain Sickness due to low oxygen in the air and Leh, Ladakh is Situated at the High Altitude starting from 4000 mts to 16000 mts so he needed lightweight aluminium oxygen cylinders which can be carried easily so he found Luxfer brand India Assembled lightweight aluminium oxygen cylinders which he introduced it to the region as being exclusive distributor he started selling and renting out cylinders on daily basis to tourist as it added income to taxi owners, travel agents, hotels and guest houses around Leh.

Till now he has sold as many as hundreds of cylinders to various sectors such as taxi drivers, hotels, travel agents, guest houses, hostels and they refill their empty cylinders at his plant,he has two main retails outlet in Leh one is at Pologround and 2nd is at old road opp Hotel Shangrila Ladakh. 

His Innovative way of renting out portable oxygen cylinders got widespread response within 2 years and fatality rate of tourist coming to Ladakh during peak season  due to acute mountain sickness and other syptoms due to low oxygen level in the air  reduced 80%,There are many stories yet to tell how he saved many lives while providing oxygen on time during midnight and in very critical conditions.he his partner and his staffs always carry few extra cylinders in the car for any emergency during midnight there is no excuse from them for outlet closer or work timings and this year they have started 24x7 exclusive delivery van with trained staff. 

Vicki Niaz mastered in technicall aspect of whole operation as well as rectification & repair of heavy machineries where ladakh is technically distance far region place where only few branded vehicle service centre is available and for other extreme  technical jobs people hire technicians  & Engineers from north India on per day charges which is expensive thing to do and no other choice.

Vicki Niaz become dual sponsor for prestigious Mega Event Ladakh Marathon 2017 for sponsoring Bisleri packaged water as Hydrant Partner & Oxygen Partner for the event.  Vicki Niaz is providing oxygen cylinders to the poor families who can’t afford expensive cylinders, at very low cost and even free to many families around Ladakh, oxygen which is in high demand for many elder people of Ladakh he added. True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities. And Niaz  is no exception to the rule.