It is the time that the government pays more attention to vaccination with Srinagar which has been consistently recording the maximum number of cases being prioritised in the effort. The need is to set up more vaccination centres in the city to make it easier for people to receive jabs
The conflict in Afghanistan is now so much enmeshed with the regional rivalries and the issues that it appears improbable that there would be long term stability in Kabul unless steps are taken to get the regional countries co-operate to end the forty year long bloodshed in the country.
The people have to be forced to wear masks and observe precautions and those not following the SOP should be subjected to a penal action. This alone will make people engage in responsible behaviour and obviate the need for a fresh lockdown.
The return of tourists to the Valley is a welcome development. The sector is the mainstay of Kashmir economy and is a source of livelihood for lakhs of people. This sector has been battered by the events of the last two years leaving thousands of people associated with the trade unemployed.
There is little hope for the future. As the lingering nature of the situation underlines, even the harshest use of the force has done little to address the turmoil in the former state.
It is also incumbent on the people to follow the SOP and avoid gatherings. After a year of dealing with the pandemic, both the administration and the people are expected to be sufficiently experienced and aware about what’s needed to be done to prevent the spread of virus.
India-Pakistan detente assumes some significance in this context. A normal relationship between the neighbours would go a long way to usher in the regional peace.
The economy is barely emerging from the recession and the government can hardly afford to undermine the recovery. One more lockdown will thus be disastrous. The only way out for the government is a strict implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure in public places, something that is not happening.
A virulent third wave of the Covid-19 has made the education a tricky trade-off between re-opening schools and the health of children. But given the existing situation, it is important that the schools remain closed for now.
Significantly, Jaishankar and Qureshi didn’t meet as had appeared likely earlier. If anything, the absence of the meeting has revealed, the countries are exercising some restraint as far as the dialogue. There’s no haste about the open dialogue.