We have been ruthless to all the treasure that these spots hold. We have been ungrateful to all the spectacular charm that God has gifted these spots with.
Whatever political uncertainty the contested nature of this land has bestowed on us the fact remains that the state, particularly the Kashmir valley, is full of breathtaking beauty. We are gifted with such brilliant scenic spots that adorn the post cards, gallery portraits, literature, and the big screens world over. The beauty of Kashmir that these scenic spots represent is almost mythic in proportion, at least in description. That is one side of it. The other is equally ugly and obnoxious. The way we treat these spots – in the North and the South – of our valley, is a tale better not told. We have been ruthless to all the treasure that these spots hold. We have been ungrateful to all the spectacular charm that God has gifted these spots with. We have vandalised this beauty, we have violated the nature itself by disregarding the pure environs of these spots. Consequently we have done huge damage to the overall environment of the valley and also undermined the tremendous economic potential of these mines of natural beauty. If elsewhere in the world even the most congested market places are clean, and no one litters the open spaces, here the case is painfully reverse. We have polluted even the virgin spots in our valley. We don’t have the sense to keep these places clean. The waste that we throw at these places blemishes the beauty, and also pollutes the natural sources of water. It is a huge crime the price of which we all are paying one way or the other. As a society we should be mindful of protecting these places, and behaving like civilised people. We must teach our new generation how to mange waste at such places with extra caution, and how to undo the damage that has been done till now. At the level of the government serious work needs to be done, and projects taken up to manage the waste. If the government is mulling any such initiative, one can only say, better late than never.