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Wular Foundation provides support

Wular Foundation provides medical support, PPE Kits, daily meals to COVID19 patients

Malik Nisar

Sopore: While the coronavirus has indiscriminately wreaked havoc across the globe, it has also paralysed already tottering the health system. In Kashmir, the COVID19 outbreak is believed to have caused a huge dent in the already sinking economy due to continuous lockdowns from the last few years.

Over the years, local charities in Kashmir have played a key role in helping the needy by providing meals, medical assistance, and other key services to low-income groups. Started by some local residents, Wular Foundation is one such organisation operating from apple town Sopore. Over the last 40 days of the lockdown in Kashmir, Wular Foundation is providing meals to COVID19 patients in SDH Sopore, besides its regular charity work. The organization is feeding 124 families for the last 5 years.

“We are operating for the last 5 years, but most of our members want to remain low key. After the outbreak of the second wave of COVID19 we started to provide meals to the coronavirus patients in SDH Sopore due to which our organisation was noticed by the public,” said Shanawaz Nabi Marazi, general secretary of the Wular Foundation. “Initially, we had identified 87 needy families and provided them food items on monthly basis.  Now, we are feeding 124 families on monthly basis, we do it just for the sake of Allah, on a humanitarian basis.”

Since the consecutive lockdowns affected the livelihood of a huge number of people on one side and on the other side there was a surge in daily cases of COVID19 cases. The death and the discrimination faced by the people who were suspected to have the virus added to their struggle. It was only due to the public support that needy people could get some support to sustain themselves and their families. With this spirit, Wular Foundation provides daily 150 meals to COVID19 affected people and their attendants.

“People from the marginalised sections and far-flung areas face immense hardships in difficult situations like the current pandemic. A similar situation we witnessed at the SDH Sopore. It would be very difficult for the people, who would come for the treatment from various far-off areas, to arrange food and other basic needs during the lockdown in the town,” said chairman Wular Foundation, Khursheed Ahmad. “That is why we decided to help such people, besides supporting the needy families. Now we are also providing medicines, PPE kits, medical equipment and ambulance services to help people come out of this pandemic.”

“The most wonderful thing was how the community around us responded,” said Mehraj-ud-Din Patni, Vice president of the Foundation.  “Initially people would be reluctant to donate to our organisation, but that changed when we started to work in the hospitals and provide the basic aids. People came out to support and the whole thing became a community effort rather than an organisation.”

Wular Foundation is based in Sopore but is now expanding to other parts of the Baramulla district with each passing day volunteers and donors continuously joining hands. The organization acts upon calls they receive on daily basis.

“From last two months we have spent good amount for distributing meals, PPE kits, medical equipment and ambulance services, all this was not possible without the passion, determination and drive of the hundreds of volunteers who came from different corners to lend a hand to the forgotten, the ignored and the marginalized,” said a member of the foundation, Waseem Beigh.

The foundation is now providing free dialysis to patients, as well as, organising blood donation camps and cleanness drive in  Sopore city.  Last month, the Wular Foundation with Dia Foundation arranged money for the surgery of a girl in Khyber Hospital, Srinagar.

“Wular Foundation mostly deals with marginalized people. So, in whatever way we can, we provide help. Last month a girl from Sopore was suffering from chronic heart disease. We tried our best in whatever way we could. However, we need the support of the people so that we can help more and more needy ones,” said Shanawaz.

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Let us treat you, doctor!



Let us treat you doctor

We should have a separate well-defined management science for doctors. One which will mentor them and teach them: how to manage themselves. How to manage their interactions and behaviour toward patients and society? And how to deal with the community around them

BY Mohammad Mutaher Zerger

Let us treat you doctorWe have a disciplined and scientific way to every field/discipline, which teaches us, mentors us and guides our trajectory throughout that particular field. We have human resource management, marketing management, general management, hospital management and so on. Very recently, I somehow felt we should have a separate well-defined management science for doctors. One which will mentor them and teach them: how to manage themselves. How to manage their interactions and behaviour toward patients and society. And how to deal with the community around them.

And that management science should have well-defined guidelines to teach our society as well. Our society needs awareness at different levels. How to behave with the doctors – the healers of humankind?  How to treat them in day-to-day life. And how to manage them and make their social life better for them? They are the healers of our society. Round the clock, they do a great job of healing every wound and pain of our society. Let the society come together and help the doctors and offer them, even, a healing medium. To perform their job flawlessly, they need a conducive environment.

Let us look at it through two different dimensions: one glancing through and being in the shoes of a doctor and walking in the society they live or be part of, and another staying in the shoes of the society and visualising our day-to-day interactions with our doctors.

A Doctor from age 20 onwards sees pain around him. His day-to-day life starts with people and episodes which have intrinsic pain, and he is taught how to treat this pain of others. How to take this pain out of the situation? Managing pain and minimising the pain of others becomes the primary day-to-day activity of the doctor. How much pain he manages, how much pain of others he relieves, how much pain he deals with becomes a benchmark of his performance. One which measures his performance development index, on which his career growth depends. Others pain becomes the means of his livelihood and growth. He becomes a merchant who sells his skills to deal with the pain, and in the process, the pain of others becomes his associate. One he has willingly or unwillingly got married to since the time he plans to do his MBBS. So pain is rendered a toy in the hands of a doctor. He lacks the emotional feeling towards that pain. The pain of others no longer provides a stimulus to his endorphins, and they do not respond to the pain of others in a manner other members of society do.

Here we have an individual who, if we see from the perspective of society, is the one who behaves entirely different than another person of that society. Death, disease, pain is just another process to him; these things usually rattle other beings of the same society. One will tend to observe these individuals totally unresponsive towards the emotional outburst of their patients. They are on track and want their patients to be on that one straight track, to be exact and to the point. While on the other end, the patient, who is in pain, wants the doctor to be responsive to his pain on the same emotional intensity, as will the other members of the same society. Both these individuals forget the perspective of others. The process leads to noise, either of the nature of distrust or discomfort.

So, here we need our scientists, thinkers and educationist to step in and make some chapters of management science that will primarily teach our healer how to manage a patient. How to gauge the intensity of pain of his patient? And how to give it the due respect/ response it deserves. We need to take our healers through a regular process and make them balance their world full of pain and the society scared of pain. We need to teach them the intensity of responses they should give to the pain of others, and at the same time, treat this pain.

On the other end, when the doctor is out of his doctor’s chair and wants to immerse in society as another social being, society knowingly or unknowingly does not allow him to be one. We often treat him as a healer, even when he is in a different role in society. When he simply wants to relax and relieve himself from stress. We are ready with a number of complaints or episodes, which have to deal with his job rather than self. We are eager to seek his consultation for our various conditions, even if he is in the middle of dinner. Otherwise ready with the complaints that he did not attend to our calls the other day (by the way, that time he was in the middle of major surgery). In the process, we render him a being, which of course is elite but not a social being, which he sometimes or more often wants to be.

Here, our educationists and reformists need to devise some chapters, which will deal with this. That will teach our society how our healers should be responsible when on the healers’ chair. And how they need to be treated when they are off that chair.

Well, I strongly feel this branch of management needs to be devised and devised very soon. At least a beginning towards a continuous process for seeing the interaction between the society and healer reach a level, which will put both of them at comfortable places. A healer, knowing he is a part of the society and a similar social being as are others and a patient feels his healer has touched him with similar levels of the emotional quotient as he wants him to touch him with. To society, these lessons can be incorporated at different levels, at a school level, at the college level and even at a career level. And to a doctor, these teachings can be an integral subject (both theory and practical) of his professional course. One, he has to pass with good grades like he has to pass anatomy or biochemistry.

P.S: Very recently, for having an inner view for this article, I spent a day with one of my close doctor friends; in his OPD, ICU, emergency and in-patient ward and this one day, just one day only, made me visit a psychologist for the socio-psychology effects it had on me.

A corporate who’s who and renowned business consultant, the author has worked at top positions of a number of MNCs, including McDonald’s, Microsoft, Mumbai Airport, Zomato, LensKart, Yateem Group of GCC



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Tribute to grandmother



Person with Social Isolation Schema

A Person with Social Isolation Schema

Hikmat Yar


“There comes a point in your life when you realize;
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore,
And who always will.
So, don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.”
― Adam Lindsay Gordon


When I was a kid, my grandmother always used to tell me about her life experiences, her childhood, her married life, family, relatives, her struggle to sustain, and moreover about her friends.

As a kid, I was unable to understand the meaning of those messages, but it was always the tone, style of narration and above all the melodious voice which used to hook me to her stories. The messages being conveyed used to carry the life in revealed form and the interpretation of its stages. She used to share with me the experience of being a lone fighter in the battle against the physical and material world.

She made me understood that ‘one neither has an eternal companion nor has strong support but rather a fragile and weak shoulder which keeps bending with time and then breaks off, further the bitter, but the true essence of life is recognizing yourself. The haste never adds beauty to it rather spoils and makes it homogenous to an extent that one cannot separate the two.

As a kid, I kept asking my grandmother, ‘why people left her? Was it because she wasn’t good or was it because they too were fed up with existence or what?’ The grandma used to silence me by saying: ‘I wasn’t good for all of them.’

Grandmother made me understand that we humans besides hating each other have a weak creed of loving somebody to the moon once in a lifetime. We always tend to stay, walk, talk and laugh with that person whatever the circumstances.

My conversations always concluded with the sentence: ‘Did you find that person in your life grandma?’ The response always used to be “No, not yet”. Grandma knowing it well that time reveals everything as per the demand and the time demanded to keep me in deception. She somehow told me about the arrival of that person who will stay by her side eternally and that person she was talking about never came in my presence.

I know now who that person is and why he will never cease to love her but knowing this; jubilation took a back seat in my life. I also understood that if the same would have been revealed to me at that time, I would have cried a lot.

June 21, 2021 was the day when my grandma met her eternal love, never to return. She left us, she left us all, the same way as she was left alone by her close ones.

Recapitulating again her stories, I now know what she was telling me in my childhood. Now, I understand and can interpret all her stories what exactly she meant. My grandmother was suffering from social isolation schema. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find out what these feelings are all about.

Social isolation schema is a mental phenomenon where Individuals experience certain forms of disconnection or rejection which in turn develops one or more of these schemas: abandonment, mistrust/abuse, emotional deprivation, defectiveness/shame, and social isolation.

All she told me about her dealings with people around was full of negativities. In her stories, I found only pain, loneliness, cunningness, longingness, mistrust, deception, dishonesty, disloyalty and above all hypocrisy rather than something good.

In her life, she faced all types of adversities, but her positive approach in dealing with all this is a forever lesson for me. “Ath Lagan Jigre te myane gaasha dunya chunna pewaan basawun, natte diyyan ne nebbar nearne” which meant, it takes courage to face all this, besides people around will not let you live. These teachings taught me that you don’t always get roses, thorns accompany you too.

I remember a story in which she told me that once there was a man who looked towards the sky in the night. The man fell in love with the stars and thought these are his friends. The man used to wave his hand towards the sky when stars twinkle, thinking that these stars are talking with him. The stars became part of his life. The man was happy with his new friends. One night, he looked into the sky and found there where no one among his friends in the sky. The man waited for many days but no one returned. Deeply sad and depressed, the man started cursing his fate.

One night in his dream he saw these stars laughing at him. Angrily he told the stars why they are laughing at him and his response was: ‘O man, why you fell in love with us when you know we can’t stay for anyone? It is in our nature to fade away and we survive like this. Moreover, nature has reached its heights of perfection in the form of humans and know it, you human beings attain the peak of perfection in individual consciousness. Be always conscious in your life. Don’t curse your existence, you humans are unique, love yourself, and be human.’

All I could understand from the advice of my grandmother is that don’t get attached to anyone in this life as no one will stay always with you. You have to live this life all alone. Make your ends meet by yourself and make it to the end. You will gradually but certainly come to know that who and what matters and vice versa. People come and go, consider it a mere routine. Just live and let people live.

My grandmother besides having a notion of social isolation schema dealt with it all alone, perhaps because she had already understood how to deal with all this.

We all have our own thesis of our lives, our experiences serve us as antithesis, and we have to synthesize our lives based upon our experiences. We have to learn things with each passing time sort out the good and bad and then relearn to make this life better. This activity of building and tearing itself apart, to rebuild itself is the life of being.“Act as if the maxim of your action were to become by your will a universal Law of nature”- Immanuel Kant.

Author is a Mass Communication and Journalism pass out from the University of Kashmir’s Media Studies Department. He can be contacted at: [email protected]


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Class 7 student releases his poetry collection ‘No Place for Good’



No Place for Good

Syed Jesarat

Srinagar, June 21: A 12-year-old class 7 student, Abdullah Bin Zubair, released his collection of poems, ‘No Place for Good’ in a function held here on Sunday. The function was organised by the publishers of the anthology Jay Kay Books.

The book “No Place For Good” is a collection of poems with themes revolving from metaphysics to resistance. Some of the poems are philosophical in nature whereas some are political satire.

The book release function was attended by poets, writers and other members of society including Kashmiri satirist Zareef Ahmad Zareef, filmmaker Faruq Masoodi, cardiologist and columnists Dr U Koul. They praised Abdullah fir achieving such a feat at a very young age.

“With such conducive environment and under the great guidance of his parents, the child has learnt a lot. He is a role model for his generation,” said Zareef.

Dr Koul termed Abdullah’s poetry collection a remarkable and sensitive book.

Abdullah, a voracious reader, started writing poems at the age of 8 in 2016. Abdullah is also interested in filmmaking.

On this occasion, filmmaker Faruq Masoodi spoke about budding writers. “If we have writers like Zubair, we shouldn’t lose hope,” he said. “It is a pleasure to know and see a child writing at such a tender age.”

In the end, Abdullah expressed gratitude to one and all present at the release function.

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