Mapping Our Resources

As the issue of resources gets crucial, this book brings to light some worthwhile detail

Book:  Natural Resources of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh
Authors:  Dr Mir Nazim Hussain and Mir Ashaq Hussain
Publisher: Gulshan Books, Srinagar
Pages: 311
Price:    Rs. 1325/-
Reviewer:  Abdul Hamid Mir

 With the slogans of Energy Crisis and Economic Independence penetrating deep into the public as well as power corridors, two young authors from Srinagar have come forward with a timely attempt  in the form of book - to be released - titled Natural Resources of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. The book covers the facts, potential and important data concerning J&K’s natural resources. The budding authors had started to work on the project way back in 2008 and ultimately after their untiring effort during the preparation of the manuscript, the book is ready for  release in the second week of November 2012 at SP College Auditorium, Srinagar.
      The treatise consists of three parts.  Forest Policy of J&K has been mentioned in the first part, followed by water resources of the state, and in the third and last segment of the book, the authors have presented an in depth  study of the mineral resources of the state in a coherent manner.  The forest policy encompasses an in depth legal perspective, topography, categorization and economic, cultural, industrial and aesthetic significance of our forest resources. Prior to forest resources, an introductory part gives a holistic view of the book. The introductory portion culminates in a list of 54 medicinal plants (Bio-resources) of J&K  with their local as well as scientific names.  As the reader fillips through the pages, he gets acquainted with the potential of our water resources, wherein the  authors present a  systematic read of the important water bodies of the state including some little-known rivers  and lakes; rivers like, Tsarap, Markha , Nubra, Shyok, Suru, Shingo, Tsarap , Doda river, Zanskar river etc.  Lakes Like,  Gangabal lake, Sheshnag, Neelang,  Glacial (high altitude)  lakes etc. Ecological aspect, topography and hydropower harnessing potential  of the major rivers of the state and their tributaries is also explained, besides, a mention of dams and canals.
     It follows a study of our mineral wealth also. Vital statistics, mapping, distribution and uses of our mineral resources have been portrayed in a comprehensive way. The readers can enrich their knowledge with the distribution, geological aspect,  biological role, uses, environmental impact and even chemistry of the important minerals that our state can produce; like Sulphur,  Copper, Iron, Gypsum, Zinc, Halite, Marble, Granite, Gemstones (sapphire) etc.  A refreshing  outline of the plant and animal life supported by the forest and water resources of the state is given in the book, which includes medicinal plants, wildlife, fish and important plant species (bioresources).
      Till date, we have hardly any such compilation wherein reader gets such an insight into the natural resources vis-à-vis all the three regions of the state of J&K. This joint venture by the authors opens a new window towards exploring our resources. Book with simple language and lucid data bears a dark brown front cover page with snow bound mountain view at the top and Ladakh landcape below; while as the back cover catches the readers gaze to have  a beautiful view from the banks of River Jhelum with a reputed shrine in the background;  which speaks of the richness and diversity in natural and cultural heritage of the state.
    The book is indeed a good read for every stakeholder ranging from a lay man to policy maker as it provides ample detail about the natural resources our state has been blessed with.
A word about the authors fits the occasion. Dr  Mir Nazim Hussain, Lecturer by profession, is holding a Doctorate in Botany from Kashmir University and he has to his credit a number of research papers on the subject published in various  journals of national and international repute. Mir Ahaq Hussain, the co-author of this book, has done a Masters in Statistics from the University of Kashmir and presently serves in Education Department. He has written a number of articles in some national and international journals. Both hail from Srinagar city.

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