Civil Society and Kashmir

It is well known fact that a strong  Civil Society plays a dynamic  role in informing  and adding new lease of charm  and new lease of life to a modern society and is considered among the most needed institutions in a civilized society especially when a society is faced with adverse scenarios .Undoubtedly, Non Governmental Organizations also commonly known as NGOs play pivotal  role in forming a vibrant and active civil society in any part of the planet earth.

 

Importantly the recent devastating floods in Kashmir have reinforced the role of having an effective and vibrant Civil Society. Society Experts have time and again started that Post-conflict situations call for effective efforts from Civil Society to come out of traumatic experiences .  The importance of efforts to rebuild civil society by the constructive role of NGOS and establishment of the rule of law, tackling natural disasters, stimulation of political dialogue and public participation, which is essentially made possible by a vibrant civil society  must not be under-estimated, as they provide both formal and informal institutions for reconstruction in post-conflict situations. Therefore, efforts to strengthen civil society is a necessity that can be facilitated by NGOs, both local and otherwise, in a number of ways – by assisting local communities and individuals in the design of programmes, providing capacity building services, access to financing, and establishment of legal entities like cooperatives.

But on ground zero the Civil Society component of Kashmir offers a mixed picture. Pragmatically on ground the desired coordination between civil society was lacking if we take the recent floods as example but on the otherhand we also some vibrant NGOs rendering valuable efforts in rescue, relief and rehabilitation which has helped in easing the sufferings of masses. With more positive approaches applied the Civil Society in Kashmir can do wonders in changing the overall  situation towards betterment.

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