The world is reeling under life altering pandemic which has put nations under lockdown and has challenged the very existence of social fabric which human beings cherish. Therefore, this COVID is there to change our behavioral pattern and lifestyle. The earlier norm of social gatherings would be replaced by social distancing, meeting loved ones and friends would be avoided and traveling to destinations would be a big NO.Moreover, the world is now looking inwards. All these life changing patterns shall have a psychological impact and medical consequences. As the indicators are showing up we can safely assume that COVID is here to stay for another few months or till the year end, as the vaccines are still under clinical trials. Further research on these may take some time before the drug is available at large scale to immunize people across the globe. Till an effective remedy is developed, we may have to carry on taking the precautions as announced; as old saying goes, “That which cannot be cured has to be endured.”Meanwhile world is gearing up to face this stark reality while at the same time governments, scientists, industry experts and health care professionals are working hard to meet this unprecedented challenge of our times and trying their best to mitigate the sufferings of the citizens.
COVID pandemic has put a huge economic cost on our lives. The economy which was already reeling under slow growth is further sent into downward spiral which is going to impact our GDP and eventually the job market. In last two months we have seen reverse migration of workers who are moving back to their respective states. This, if not fully addressed, shall accentuate the crisis when lockdown is opened, and industries are asked to restart their manufacturing. Though the recent Rs. 20 Lakh Crore package announced by the PM has brought some relief, its implementation and extension of benefits to the poorest of the poor shall be a challenge which the governments have to address transparently. The timely stimulus and emphasis on local manufacturing is a bold step but without restoring the confidence of migrant workers and their early return to their work would be a major task without which no industrial unit would be able to ramp up their productions.
The coming days shall see a lot of challenge on supply-chain front as well and their would-be issues related to cash flow, bankruptcy, debt phobia and resource curtailment to a large extent. All this does not augur well for a country like ours, which come under LMIC (Low Middle-Income Country) category.The credit for pushing the whole world into this recession must go to China for its inept handling of the COVID crisis which now stares on all of us. However, in these tough times government, industry, NGO’s must join hands together so that we successfully tide over the crisis and revive the sagging economy at the earliest.
Despite COVID pandemic engulfing the humanity, evil state Pakistan and its terror proxies are at it again to disturb the peace in Jammu & Kashmir. The recent encounters at Handwara and Kupwara have shown that the terror factories across the border are engaged in their terror acts. For them, the humanitarian crisis such as the current pandemic does not matter as they consider the current crisis an opportunity to push the Jihads inside India and inflict damage to Indian assets as much as possible. When India is trying to focus on COVID pandemic, the evil state considers this as an opening to hit India. All these attempts at infiltration only show the frustration within the deep state of Pakistan, who have failed to get any public response post abrogation of Article 370. However, our defense forces have not lowered the guard and the nation payed the price when our decorated officer Col Ashutosh Sharma lead from the front and sacrificed his life along with other officers while neutralizing the terrorists. Nation shall always be indebted to these brave souls.
J&K Reorganisation Act
On March 31st, 2020, Home Ministry introduced J&K Reorganization Act which nullified previously existing acts and defined the new laws governing the UT of Jammu & Kashmir. One important aspect of it was about the Kashmiri Pandits who are now living outside the UT, who now have to prove their domicile status. Therefore, lot of debate has occurred within the community and many organizations have submitted their viewpoints to the Home Ministry. We hope the government of the day takes care of the genuine concerns raised by the community and addresses the same through the future amendments at the earliest. This issue of your magazine is focused on this subject.
Till our next issue we urge all of you to stay safe and stay healthy.
-Sunil Raina Rajanaka