Eid Al-Adha is being observed across the country and the world with much gusto as Muslims celebrate the occasion with joy and pride for their culture and religion. But one section of the community has had it hard this time – the people residing in Jammu and Kashmir.
Since the scrapping of Article 370 and the downsizing of the state to a union territory, much has happened there. With restricted movement, communication closure and police checks, the people of J&K have not been able to feel the fervour that is otherwise attached to a celebration like this.
Curfew was re-imposed in Srinagar on the eve of Eid and the biggest festival for the valley, has been a quiet affair this time. With most parts of the valley remaining shut, the excitement attached with Eid has drastically taken a beating.
Yes, the situation is tense after the change of status, but for the common man, who has been restricted in his own house, this Eid has been unlike others. For them, it is a matter of dismay, frustration and confusion. A future of uncertainties stares at them. A festival that comes once in a year but this time has gone by, as slowly as it came.
Kashmiris are right now, in a situation that none of us would like to be in. And it is extremely distressing to see our brethren in pain.