Missing Festivity

September 11, 2016 0 Comments EDITORIAL 256 Views
Missing Festivity

The Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is equally claimed by the India and Pakistan, has turned into the valley of deaths and despair. While Eid-ul-Adha is ahead, there is a missing festive mood. Festivities, hustle and bustle and abuzz markets are missing in Kashmir. Kashmir and its people are mourning the death of their dearer ones. Eid-ul-Adha, one of the holiest Muslim festivals, is going to be a highly subdued event in Kashmir this year. The only visible sign of Kashmiris preparing for the festival that falls on Tuesday is the buying of sacrificial animals at some places in summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Barring that, there is no other indication that the holy Muslim festival is just two days away. The traditional animal bazaars bustling with sellers and buyers that generally mark the festival eve, or the long queues of locals waiting for bakery, mutton, poultry, hosiery, or children thronging markets for firecrackers are nowhere to be seen this year. Markets are closed, pedestrian malls are deserted and there is an eerie silence that indicates the locals are in no mood to celebrate. The resistance camp, including chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwiz Umer Frooq have asked people to hold a protest march on Eid to the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonwar locality of Srinagar. There is no end to miseries and the sufferings for the innocent people of Kashmir valley. Kashmir is burning and there isn’t any concrete step taken from the PDP-BJP led coalition government in the State. During last over three months’, hospitals in turbulent Kashmir valley have been of indispensable service, a fact now admitted by people from every walk of life. With the number of injured crossing over 10000 mark in the two-month political unrest period, hospitals in all districts have been sanctuaries where many lives have been saved, except and unfortunately those who succumbed to the injuries. From treating pellet injuries to treating people who are suffering from the traumas, medicos have done a great job. Not only medicos, the non-medicos that make up a larger proportion of the hospital staff has also been of immense help in the time of crises. Even then sleepless nights with surgical and non-surgical operations being performed without breaks, transfer of patients, administering medicine and proper care put hospitals and doctors under spotlight. Kashmir will have to witness harsher days as authorities have decided to impose curfew and restrictions to prevent the separatist- called march.

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