Though the blizzard of the bombs on the LOC has subsided, the blaze of the sun is tearing into the people as power cuts once again come into focus!
The summer time is not a very fancied season in the year because of the heat blazing down the skies and tormenting the people no end.
In cities it is the worst because of the concrete architecture with skyscrapers and people sweating through every pore in their bodies.
Though most in the cities prefer to be indoors in their air conditioned offices, bedrooms, study rooms and living rooms yet the unscheduled power cuts do tend to drive them crazy.
They have a choice to move to hill stations to spend a few days where the weather is comparatively pleasant but in this context where would the poor go? They turn to cities from their villages for earning and do so throughout the day they are on the job and then resign to their rooms for the rest with many people stuffed up in a small apartment. If the power goes off which invariably it does the room is obviously hell.
Now switch over to villages where either the electricity supply misses out for several days due to burn out of transformers or some other snag in the wires or it is an elongated cut for four to five days where invariably the people are driven into a corner. A similar situation erupted in Gulutha village and people were once again protesting against the PDD Department and asking them to rise to the occasion.
We all know that in the summers the PDD Department UT Jammu and Kashmir is always under the pump and the people in the sweat zones are perspiring and looking towards the roof hoping in hope for the fans to get moving. In Gulutha they were not doing so for the past four days or so. And perhaps no PDD official would have cast an eye on the prevailing scenario.
This is a situation which we face as and when the electricity cut is initiated, the reason could be any of course and to an extent beyond the control of the humans in PDD Department. Time and task are both disorienting, for if you were to remove everything from our lives that depends on electricity to function, homes and offices would become no more than the chambers and passages of limestone caves- simple shelter from wind and rain, far less useful than the first homes a wigwam ( hut or tent with a domed or conical roof made by fastening bark, hides, or reed mats over a framework of poles) of laborers plonked by the owners of a construction company. No way to keep out cold, or heat, for long. No way to preserve food, or to cook it. The things that define us, the dumb telephone screens and dials, the senseless clicks of on/off switches- without their purpose, they lose the measure of their beauty and we are left alone in the dark with countless useless things. The people of Gulutha are facing a similar predicament at the moment. The PDD officials in Sub Division in utter frustration sit as they know they can do nothing because that is the reply invariably they give and the people who in turn are from convinced and thus resign to the fact that nothing can probably happen The PDD officials are left sulking with such thoughts, all of these years of our service towards mankind did not bring me nothing but assaults and humiliations. But at times the fault is theirs too. In Sub Division well less said about the same the better would it be!
I. What happened at Gultha:
This is not the case this year alone, it has been happening for the last so many years.
Ari and Gulutha villages of Mendhar Sub-division has been without power for the past few days. Unscheduled power cuts in the area have made life difficult for the people.
As such the virus is dancing on their heads and these power cuts are adding on to the mundane music in the environment.
The temperatures are rising and it has been more often than recorded 40 degrees Celsius for the last week or so and thus the everyday affairs have turned miserable. Scheduled power cuts are bearable but these elongated ones drive the household to a corner all wet as they perspire profusely in the heat.
Therefore the people have been forced to protest because they believe that the PDD department is not at its job and is taking the whole affair non-seriously.
The protesters said that the receiving station was set up four years ago at the behest of the former MLA Mendhar Late Sardar Rafiq Hussein Khan, here in Gulutha, but it has not yet been made operational. What is the reason is not known
They were emphatic that if this station had been made functional, electricity could have been made available to the people of the area. But it was not to be hence people still are standing where they were for the last so many years.
There is an electricity in the air that I feel every time I come to Gulutha. It enraptured your soul with its incredible history, a sense of the unknown, and a yearning for exploration. But there is also a renewed feeling of life, as if you are born again as your better self, a more authentic self. Somehow your core values are restored, and you are no longer afraid to believe in the things you cannot see. But when you see the prevailing scenario around like sitting in an overcrowded room with a handkerchief and wiping off your forehead during it’s rather frustrating, oh! I forgot to add the menace of the flies and in the nights banging your head against an object or tripping over a stool which a child in the household must have left then in carelessness the feeling that you carried while walking into the village vanishes and nothing else but choicest adjectives flow out of the mouth piece for the PDD officials! This happens in Gulutha often and on!
It’s not a thing that cannot be put in the right perspective, they definitely can be incase the PDD officials of Sub-Division Mendhar take some interest. At the moment they are taking none and that is a bit of a sad affair. I still believe that if a faculty has been created for the people then it should be made available wholesomely otherwise pack them up! It is as simple as that!