x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Six labourers were injured after an under constructions tunnel caved in due to landslide in Poonch district | Audio clip goes viral, RMSA official suspended | Fresh NIA raids send friends of separatists into tizzy | NIA arrests Zahoor Watali | BJP's nationalism exposed as youth beaten severely by cops for hoisting national flag at Lal Chowk | Attachment of BOSE chief 'mere eyewash' | Enquiry committees fail to submit report on 'corrupt professors' | Narwal Mandi struggles to survive, officials unmoved | National Gen Secy NCP MM Panday visits Jammu | HC stays investigation in FIR against CEO JMC & Ors | Landslide cuts off several villages in Udhampur | Govt illegally settling, sheltering Rohingyas, Bangladeshis in Jammu:Harsh | Jawan, civilian injured in Pak firing | Daily wager, CP, ITI trained workers stage protest against PHE | Vibodh conducts tours of Makote, Sadyal, Thandikass | Landslide cuts off several villages in Udhampur | police seizes heroin, 2 held | Shooting stone kills man on Zojila Pass | MLA inaugurates water filtration plant, lays foundation for Multipurpose Hall | Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road link may soon transport stranded LoC passengers | Yashwant Sinha-led team calls on Farooq, Omar | Gramin Dak Sewak hold protest | JK beautiful blend of diverse cultures: DyCM | J&K Bank ATM network grows to 1126 | India can face China, Pak but threat is from inside: Farooq | Prarek seeks release of pending fifteen months salary | Art 35-A row: Top PDP Ministers leaving Delhi today | Forest Div Bhaderwah seizes illegal timber | KVK organizes T&V workshop at Bhaderwah | JK Wrestling association holds meeting | Inter District Competitions of Division Jammu Concludes | DPS Jammu organizes Hindi Recitation Competition | Rich Harvest School organizes free dental check-up | STWW holds 5th medical camp | BVP celebrates Independence Day | MRS and MISS INDIA EXQUISITE 2017 audition on August 19 | Has turn of Geelani come? | 3rd Rehmatullah Malik memorial cricket tournament inaugurates | 36 thousand blue-eyed adjusted scandalously in daily wagers' list | MPs non serious, indifferent to DDB meetings | People protest against CEO | DGP orders minor reshuffle of DySPs | HC dismisses govt's appeal on 'deadwood' order | PDD engineers boycott work, threaten power bandh across JK on Monday | HC quashes PSA against alleged stone-pelter | RN Sahay is new PC Income Tax | Govt fulfils commitment: Puneet | People suffer as Ultrasound section remains unattended for hours | Two militants killed in on-going Gurez encounter | Mehbooba, Raju inaugurate modernised Jammu airport terminal | Unruly doctors resent opening of drug de-addiction centre | Help Age India organises free physiotherapy camp | SHO tries to hush up narcotics dealer's arrest for two days | Farooq's opposition to PIL on 35-A in SC signs of his nervousness | Shortage of beds hits GMC&H's ICCU | Rajouri: Govt to spend Rs 8 lakh more on construction for fault of 'erring' VLW | In Kashmir, babus often remain absent from duty | Hectic search on for replacements | Pradesh Mahila Congress lambasts govt over inflations | Govt cheated us: VRS Union | Transfer on sale in Kishtwar education deptt! | SNSB Samba to organize blood donation camp on Aug 20 | AAI babus violate protocol during airport function | JKEEGA goes on mass leave | JDAEU goes on indefinite hunger strike | JKCTNGEA demands redressal of its long pending demands | ADEH demands streamlining of medicines, other medical appliances prices | Congress slams RSS, BJP over Article 35 A case | 'Purpose of early budget session stands defeated' | Congress delegates meet held | Annoyed over attack on MLA BJP workers blocks National Highway | People block Amphalla-Janipur road; protest against erratic power, water supply | Foot-prints of PM's outreach to J&K must be felt on ground: Rana | Third Eye Anti Crime Team celebrates I-Day | US suggests China & India to talk & resolve issues | Bharatiya Janata Party misused the golden opportunity to wipe out injustice extended to Jammu Region | From Waste to Wealth | Back Issues  
 
news details
Goodbye tourist season Is it curtains for the Kashmir valley?
4/20/2017 10:12:43 PM
Mehtab Karan Singh

Two factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), created quite a furore on December, 7, last year by inviting tourists and pilgrims to visit the Kashmir Valley. This was followed by a similar invite from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December, 10, wherein she asserted that there is no safer place for tourists than Jammu and Kashmir, and especially so, for women.
Mehbooba has also been proactive in attempting to attract investment into the state. A few months earlier on March, 17, she addressed prominent captains of Indian industry and urged them to invest in her state. She received a positive response with Mahindra &Mahindra Resorts who expressed a desire to venture into the tourism sector while ESSAR expressed interest in opening a call centre over there; Reliance group also held discussions on possible business initiatives.
An appeal by the chief minister to the Indian film industry to renew its connection with the Kashmir Valley elicited a very positive response from big actors and producers alike.
It is a terrible misfortune that the extraordinary desire of the people of the country to reach out to their fellow citizens in Jammu and Kashmir, especially so the Kashmir Valley, has been negated by the illegal and immoral acts of a few persons.
Kashmir can now look forward to a lacklustre tourist season because of the turmoil of the last month or so. Mehbooba talks of Kashmir hospitality but what the world sees is goons hitting out at soldiers of their country in the most disgusting manner. Who would like to visit Kashmir after seeing such images?
At this stage when the valley should be gearing up for the tourist season it is involved in a debilitating social media warfare full of hatred and acrimony.
The situation over there would have also put a lid on any initiatives that the business houses were looking at.
The Hurriyat invite was termed as "hypocrisy" by senior BJP leader Ram Madhav. "If they want tourists, they should first ensure peace, absence of which is the biggest hurdle in bringing back normalcy in the state," he said.
Today, his words come across as prophetic. In the last three months, events have been built up and propelled in a direction which can spell nothing other than economic disaster for the people of Kashmir.
The responsibility for the adverse situation in Kashmir is being put squarely on the shoulders of the Government at the centre and the security forces. The state is being labeled as a human rights violator and those who come from nowhere with stones to attack the instruments of the state charged with maintaining law and order as "innocents."
What is being conveniently ignored in this irrational and biased charge is that the Government of India has gone to the extent of putting their own security personnel at grave risk, simply to reach out to the young boys despite their blatant indulgence in unlawful and anti-national activity. There would be no precedent of this nature available anywhere in the world.
There is no end to the inanities thrown towards the government as advice to resolve the issue. Some of them runs like this - measures taken by the government are half hearted and not in concert with the ground reality; there is no political machinery in place to engage the stake holders; government is attempting to rob the state of its legal and constitutional rights; government has failed to take any political initiative to arrest the sharp descent into chaos.
This free advice is purely academic in nature. It gives no concrete input on the "ground reality" or the "political machinery" that needs to be put in place to "engage the stake holders."
The political strategy of Kashmiri leaders is based on instigating the people towards disorder, disruption and agitation against the Indian Union for political gains. So now when the National Conference is out of power, it is making stringent calls against the central government as the Peoples Democratic Party did when it was out of power.
All political establishments in Kashmir have demands of their own - autonomy, self rule, Azaadi et al. To side one would put the other onto the path of agitation; how can the government move forward under such circumstances?
The much touted ground reality is that the political leaders in Kashmir are taking the people for a ride. It is only if the people realise that they are being manipulated in the most unspeakable manner that the window for corrective action will open, otherwise, the Government of India will remain the prime villain for not taking "initiative."
Most importantly - who are the stake holders in Kashmir? The manner in which the local political establishment, both separatist and mainstream, has forsaken responsibility gives an impression that the only stake holders left in the Kashmir Valley are the young stone pelting boys and with them the government can hold no meaningful dialogue whatsoever.
For the youth there is only one coherent message. If they wish to become great scientists, sports persons, movie stars and the works, the first step would be to remain aligned with a large democratic country like India. Independence or alignment with Pakistan will definitely put paid to such ambitions and a lot more. It is up to the parents to drive home this "undisputed ground reality" into the minds of their wayward children. What is staring at them is total anarchy, economic ruin and a wasted life if they do not relent from their stupidity.
The mother of all "ground realities" is that a few more tourist seasons down the drain and a few more business houses retracting from investment in the State and it will be curtains for the Kashmir Valley. There is still time to go for a course correction. Well wishers of the Kashmir people fervently hope that good sense will prevail.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
 
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU