Missing festive buzz


Eid al-Adha or Eid Qurban, also called the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Barring stray protests, Eid-al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at various mosques in Jammu and Kashmir concluded peacefully, but the festive buzz was missing with curfew-like restrictions in place across the state People came out in good numbers to offer Eid prayers and 'namaz' was offered at prominent mosques across the state. The authorities had on Sunday said people would be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers. Now as the situation is turning normal in Jammu and adjoining areas, the govt should lift ban on mobile internet services as people are facing inconvenience. It is time to end the communication curfew imposed by the government.
Normal life in the Valley has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 and moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state on August 5 Restrictions were eased in the Valley to allow people to shop for the festival. But the usual hustle and bustle of Eid al-Adha was missing. However, the government has made arrangements for availability of adequate food and other essential items across the Kashmir Valley and steps are being taken to even deliver certain goods at people's doorsteps. President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday declared the abrogation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 after both Houses of Parliament passed a resolution in this regard, on Saturday, he gave assent to a bill passed by the Parliament for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh which will come into existence on October 31. The civil society in Valley as well as in Jammu should take an initiative and make sure that peace and harmony is not disturbed and brotherhood among all communities remains intact.

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