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  21 October '2012
Normalcy Returns to Kashmir

Despite of repeated propaganda has been done through social networking sites, internet, electronic & print media by Hurriyat & HM cadres to incite/provoke peaceful Kashmiri people for joining street protests but all in vain. Kashmiris's evident success in bringing peace back to the valley must be counted as feat. Over a million tourists had visited the valley this summer in addition to an unprecedented yatris who undertook the Amarnath yatra this summer.

Enthused by the prospect of substantial earnings from tourism, Kashmiri youth are perceptibly hesitant about joining street protests that had become a daily feature through 2009 & 2010. Youngsters similarly refused to pay heed to Jamaat-e- Islami call for action against foreign tourists dressed in "skimpy" attire. Srinagar has also turned a new leaf, with eateries staying open for business well past the 7 p.m. Curfew call. At khayam chowk, carefree tourists line up for their share of grilled tikkas and steaming rogan josh. Many hotels organized food festival in the town where the famished can find wazwan past midnight.

This summer turnaround has brought new hope to young entrepreneurs. They met with Rahul Gandhi, Rattan Tata, K Mangalam Birla and other Industrialist to boost the kashmir's Industries especially Tourism. No doubt, there is still a little fears that rising radicalism will remain a stumbling block to Kashmir tourism industry but they vow to defeat such evil approach of a particular section of the society.

Certain changes have been made in both administrative and political response, and the way security forces handle situations worth praiseworthy. All the credit goes to the people for the two summers of relative peace who don't want repeat of 2010.

Moreover Eid-Ul-Zuha was celebrated with full religious fervour and gaiety across the state peacefully. It brings the message of love and brotherhood and creates a spirit of selfless service to mankind. The members of Hindus and Sikh communities also greeted their Muslim brethren on the occasion. The children and family members were seen busy in purchasing different household articles. Hope such festivals bring a message of peace, brotherhood, amity and love besides tolerance & patience which are the hallmark of the state's glorious pluralistic culture.





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