Saturday, December 3

STEPS TOWARDS PLURALITY

 

Kashmiryat is another word for respect for all religious customs and holidays, is a philosophy of tolerance and acceptance of all faiths and beliefs. It epitomizes inter communal harmony, literary greatness, spirituality, and a mutually beneficial partnership between various cultures. Kashimiriyat is present in every facet of Kashmiri society and has a significant influence on their religious and cultural practices. In trying times, the Rishi’s consoling knowledge was expressed in the Kashmiri dialect of the area. Due to numerous advantageous historical circumstances and other causes, Kashmiryat has survived as a distinct culture despite the cultural invasion of the Kashmir Valley. The poor J&K people have suffered greatly over the past three decades as a result of the ongoing proxy conflict. The Indian Army is doing yomen to lessen people’s suffering and improve their living conditions in both urban and rural areas as well as in highly remote and inaccessible locals, despite the fact that it already has the difficult responsibility of patrolling the borders and battling terrorism. Thus, to provide some relief the people from the difficulty faced by then “operation Sadbhavana” was started by Army.

Improvements in the three main social indices of education, women’s and youth emancipation, and health care are the main goals of operation “Sadbhavana,” which also places a strong emphasis on capacity building through the implementation of community and infrastructure development projects. The “Winning of Hearts and Minds” project known as “operation Sadbhavana” may be the only one in the world where an army engaged in intense counter terrorism operations is also actively supporting civil administration to restore normalcy. The extraordinary endeavour serves as a stunning illustration of the uniformed community’s commitment to and loyalty to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Any part of India where the army is present has accelerated its development. Compared to any other region, Jammu & Kashmir is where this is most evident. The army’s presence in isolated regions all along LC and LAC encourages the development of amenities and infrastructure. The Army’s extensive counter-insurgency/counter terrorism operations are a major factor in the Valley’s resurgence as a tourist attraction. If Ladakh is now a well-liked tourist destination, then the Indian Army deserves some of the credit for this, as well as for the persistent infrastructural development work it has done in the area.

By virtue of its sheer size, the Army contributes to economic growth and creates jobs in the UT. Daily basics that the Army needs for survival are provided by local vendors. A significant source of employment and income for the locals is the hiring of porters and ponies to provide food for troops stationed in inhospitable locations. The Border Roads Organization is yet another significant local employer. Locals’ connectivity is improved by the military-built roads, vehicles and the maintenance of those infrastructures gives them immediate employment. The Indian Army is acting in yet another capacity as their Humsaya by offering the Awaam countless possibilities for personal growth and development. The Army continues to be responsible for the lives of the local inhabitants. The Army has helped a number of prominent athletes from J&K attain not only national but also international renown, such as Ms. Tajamul Islam, a Kashmiri girl who made history by taking home the gold medal in the Under-8 division of the 2016 World Kickboxing Championship in Andria, Italy. It is now necessary to revive the idea of Kashmiriyat, and the Indian Army may serve as an example because the idea is so fundamental to its own worldview. Therefore, Kashmiri leaders and intellectuals should put local interests to the side and fight to revive Kashmiri society’s historic commitment to pluralism and true secularism.

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