India successfully concluded the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Jammu & Kashmir on 24 May. The event commenced on 22 May in Sri Nagar, with the participation of 60 delegates from 17 member countries.
Despite China’s call for a boycott, claiming the location as disputed, most countries attended the event, rejecting Chinese propaganda. Lt. Gen. Manoj Sinha pitched J&K as a thriving tourist destination, highlighting its recent development.
Delegates had the opportunity to visit scenic sites such as Dal Lake, Mughal Garden, Pari Mehal, Nishat Garden, and Polo View Market, creating memorable experiences.
The Indian government and J&K administration made extensive arrangements to ensure the event’s success, maintaining regional security.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh expressed how the situation in Kashmir has changed. Earlier, whenever a significant event took place in Kashmir, Pakistan would issue strike calls. However, the situation has now changed, and there are no such disruptions. Kashmir, once plagued by terrorism, is now experiencing freedom and prosperity.G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant proposed J&K as a promising location for the film industry, receiving positive feedback from the delegates.
“Pakistan should be bothered about where it will get food from for its people, rather than where India can host its G20 events”, says G20’s chief coordinator Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Srinagar on Tuesday. He further said “India has moved on and moved ahead and we are free to host any event in any part of India”.
On the concluding day, the Korean Ambassador to India praised the event’s success. Despite the determined efforts of the China-Pakistan nexus to undermine it. The seamless conclusion and fruitful discussions of the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting serve as a testament to the failure of their propaganda and the event’s triumph.