Attacking Amarnath pilgrims against the economy of Kashmir, not Hindus


New Delhi: This attack on Amarnath pilgrimage has happened for the first time in nearly two decades. Earlier, the Pahalgam passenger camp was attacked in 2002. After this attack, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF have said that the bus was not part of the yatra and the travelers did not follow the rules. From traditional media to social media, the first reaction is showing anger and frustration with anger. After the attack, some people have also tried to give it a communal color on social media.

The truth is that for the Holy Hindus, this journey is also for the more important Kashmiri Muslims. In the year 2002 in the year 2002, the reporter covered the Amarnath Yatra in 2003. For every hotel, horse mule, and shopkeeper, this journey is the biggest source of income throughout the year. From the sedan to the passengers carrying their passengers on their back, they are all Muslims. Many of these people have no other means of earning.

“We wait for the whole year of the journey … what we earn for the two months of the year is the whole year’s earnings for us …” A mule told me in 2003. The fear that the fear or anger in the Hindu community will be derived from this journey, is more frustrating for these people, for those who do not have to walk or walk this journey is the question of life and death.

Travelers do not just go to the holy cave of Amarnath. Many of them also visit Vaishno Devi and Ladakh and also enjoy the views of Patni Top, Gulmarg, and Kashmir. In Pashchimena shawl traders from Kashmir, from boat owners to cashew-almonds and walnut sellers, this time becomes earning. That is, it is not just a Hindu pilgrimage but it is an opportunity to roam the entire Kashmiri economy.

The religious aspect of Amarnath Yatra is also linked to an interesting relationship with the Muslim community. The cave and Shivalinga, which was located at a height of about 14,000 feet, was discovered by a Muslim shepherd Boota Malik in the 19th century. Even though the priests are Hindus, even today, the patrons of the cave are people of Malik’s family, so this attack of terrorists is not against a community, but an attack on Kashmir’s shared culture and economy.



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