Despite the fear-mongering of the Congress party and international news media over unrest in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370, as well as a nefarious fake news campaign perpetrated from across the border, people from the Valley came out in numbers to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Monday.
Republic TV's team brought ground reports of the situation clearly showing normalcy. In Jammu, security officials were seen distributing sweets and celebrating the festivities with people:
From the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar:
Jammu also celebrated Eid peacefully:
Ahead of Eid-ul Azha, banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open on Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop, while residents would be permitted to offer prayers in neighbourhoods mosques on the festival. There has been no report of violence anywhere in Kashmir, officials said.
While the administration said it was taking steps to facilitate availability of food and other items, the usual hustle and bustle of the Eid-ul-Azha festival was missing in the Valley where normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5.
"Everything is peaceful. The restrictions have eased and there has been lot of improvement in public and transport movement," Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.
Greeting people on Eid al-Adha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that the festival will further the spirit of peace and happiness in the society.
Eid al-Adha, also called the festival of sacrifice, is being celebrated on Monday.
"My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!," the prime minister wrote on Twitter.
My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2019
While addressing the nation on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at length about the new era of development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. "The entire country is with the people of these regions as they embark on the path to progress. Everything will be done to fulfil people’s aspirations," he said.
During the address, he wished the country a very happy Eid (to be celebrated on August 12) and said: "I assure the people of J&K that things will return to normalcy. I congratulate the people on the occasion of Eid. The government is trying to ensure that the people of J&K face no difficulties in celebrating Eid. The people who want to go back to Kashmir to celebrate Eid, government will help everyone."
(With PTI inputs)