As normalcy returns in Jammu and Kashmir, and government offices and educational institutions resume their functioning, an exclusive report by Republic TV gives voice to an inspiring story coming all the way from North Kashmir.
Ghulam Mohammad Mir a resident of Ganderbal in North Kashmir has been working as a caretaker of a Hindu Mandir, a Bhawani Mandir to be precise, for the past 30 years or more. The man claimed that he dedicated half of his life in the service of the temple which had successfully survived many grenades and natural disasters.
Jammu and Kashmir has often been used by anti-nationalists to trigger war on communal lines, however doing away with such claims, the caretaker said that a feeling of intense brotherhood prevailed among the locals of Ganderbal.
Recounting his experience he also said " Every year a fair is held in the Mandir and the people selling milk, coconuts and other things required for the puja are mostly locals. The Mandir is considered to be very holy by the locals here and whenever a cow is born, they make sure to first offer its milk to the Goddess before consuming it themselves"
However, this is not the only story which reeks of unity, for there are many similar stories emerging from other parts of Kashmir which completely demolish the notion of communal disharmony in Kashmir often presented in reports by the International media.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Friday announced that the J&K administration is planning to relax some of the restrictions, including on the movement of people, and restoration telephone lines in a phased and orderly way.
The top official also said that schools will reopen next week and that the offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley are functioning normally.