For the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State into two Union Territories, the annual Shri Amarnath Ji Yatri (SANJY) was conducted successfully in the Union Territory. The Security agencies had apprehensions and reports of untoward incidents, planned by the anti-peace elements and thus the adequate arrangements kept them at the back foot and simultaneously sent av message to the world that the peace loving people in Jammu and Kashmir are not supportive of the terror.
The pilgrimage remained suspended in wake of the deadly pandemic—COVID-19, that claimed many lives and infected thousands of people across Jammu and Kashmir like the other parts of the globe.
It is literally an achievement to foil the nefarious designs of some vested interests and ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of yatra. However, the security forces alone cannot be appreciated for such a big achievement, but the people, collectively, have provided a helping hand in ensuring harmony during the 44-day-long pilgrimage.
Every department, men and machinery was pressed into the services to ensure hassle-free pilgrimage to over 3.60 lakh pilgrims and the world is witness to the facilities, services and the helping hand ensured by the people when a natural calamity hit the holy shrine cave in July that left over a dozen pilgrims’ dead and many injured.
All the stakeholders deserve to be applauded as some incidents are testimony to the fact that people even didn’t bother about their lives for the wellbeing of the pilgrims. The death of 22-year-old horseman, Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, from South Kashmir died while trying to save an Amarnath pilgrim from falling down a cliff.
From installing the food stalls to risking their own lives, the people from Jammu and Kashmir did all to send a message to every nook and corner the religious rights cannot be snatched from anyone and the people here are always ready to protecting the religious sentiments of others and also foil the nefarious designs as well.
The successful and terror free culmination of Amarnath yatra is not only proud moment for the composite culture of Kashmir, but also a clear rejection to accept the wrong doings, prohibited in the religion as well as before the law.