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On Lohri, twitter handles of Mehbooba, Omar suddenly went silent
Dubious role of Kashmir Centric political groups
1/13/2021 11:21:16 PM
EARLY TIMES REPORT

JAMMU, Jan 13: Once again Kashmir centric political leaders have proven that they care little about the festivities of Jammuites.
On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, none of the national conference or the PDP leaders even uttered a single word of felicitation for the people of Jammu.
Lohri marks the New Year for farmers. On this day, the farmers pray and show gratitude for their crops before the harvesting begins and pray to Lord Agni to bless their land with abundance.
They chant “Aadar aye dilather jaye” i.e. “may honour come and poverty vanish” while moving around the fire.
Now, when the people of Jammu are celebrating the festival, the real face of the political leaders including Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and the maverick Mehbooba Mufti has been unmasked.
The netizens on social media also questioned the partial approach of these political leaders vis-à-vis sending out a note of greeting to the people of Jammu.
“It is not surprising that these leaders have maintained a stoic silence and decided not to greet the people on this auspicious occasion. It has revealed how partial is their approach and how little they care for the people of Jammu,” says a social media user while commenting over the issue. ‘
He added that the twitter handles of Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are usually over packed with the tweets about one thing or the other and that it is ironic to find that there was no mention of Lohri in these handles.
Pertinently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted people on Lohri and wished for joy and good health everywhere. "Happy Lohri! We pray that there is joy and good health everywhere.
May this special occasion further compassion and kindness all across," Modi tweeted.
Lohri comes from the word ‘Tilohri’ i.e. ‘til’ meaning sesame and ‘rorhi’ meaning jaggery/gur. Eventually, the festival was just referred to as Lohri. It is believed that these both food ingredients help cleanse the body, bringing renewed energy for the New Year. That’s why foods like jaggery, gajak, til ki chikki are offered to the fire as a way of paying gratitude to nature.
It is believed that offering food items to the God of Fire on this day helps take away all negativity from life and brings in prosperity. Here, the bonfire symbolizes Lord Agni. After offering food to the almighty, people seek blessings, prosperity and happiness from Lord Agni. The discussion of Lohri is incomplete without winter foods that are cooked and celebrated on this day. The traditional Punjabi menu on this day includes sarson da saag and makki di roti, til ki barfi, gur ki roti, makhane ki kheer, panjiri, pinni, till laddoo, gondh lad.
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