People have embarked on a new journey towards peace and stability: J&K LG Manoj Sinha

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Srinagar's Lal Chowk bursting with India's tricolor during independence day (Photo: News Intervention)

What’s happening in Jammu & Kashmir was far from what one has ever anticipated when it comes to the notion of national integration. The apprehensions were put to rest after the abrogation of Article 370. Even then it was hard to think of a prospering J&K, at least in a short span of time, considering its history. But the successful conduct of G20 meeting in the state marked an end to any type of doubt that was left regarding the prosperity and progress of Jammu & Kashmir. The participation of delegates form across the globe and their positive point of view towards changing J&K made thorough impressions over the globe. And now this has been validated by the Independence Day speech of Lt. Governor of J&K Mr. Manoj Sinha.

While addressing the Independence Day functions at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, LG Manoj Sinha shed light on the peace and stability in the state and the attitude of the people. He said that people have embarked on a new journey towards peace and stability. This journey, according to LG, will eventually lead them towards a brighter future.

He also highlighted the positive effects of organising G20 meeting in the state. He said, “After the G 20 meeting, the arrival of foreign tourists compared to the last few years increased by 59%… Foreign devotees participated in the Amarnath yatra as well.”

Thriving Progress And Development Of Mutual Trust

Explaining about the approach of the central government and his administration towards the people and development of state, Lt. Governor stated that the J&K government is committed to giving every possible opportunity to the youth of the state to excel their career. He also said, “New roads, rail lines, power projects, airport terminals, cinema halls, river fronts etc. are coming up.” The event was attended by hundreds of people including women and children. The national flag was unfurled in all district headquarters, Police stations and all the government departments.

A prospect towards Jammu and Kashmir has undergone a major shift after the abrogation of Article 370. Now the valley is witnessing an unprecedented peace, development and tourism sector growth. As the government called these changes optimistic for the people, a large section of individuals have also endorsed the view. Independence Day celebrations further validated this.

As per the orders of administration, this year no restrictions were put and neither the internet was banned. The Tiranga rally and other functions were held and celebrated with the utmost respect towards the nation. The voluntary participation of the people of J&K further affirmed the notion of national integration. Here, it is worth understanding that easing out restrictions and putting no ban is not just an arbitrary step. Rather it holds a significance. In a region like J&K, where separatism has been a concern for decades, measures like this could only take place when the mutual trust between the administration and people has developed. This mutual trust needs to strengthen further so that the state can never turn back to see its horrible past of separatism and instability.

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