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Kashmir unrest: Amarnath Yatra remains suspended for third day

Around 15,000 yatris are waiting in Jammu for their turn to proceed to the Valley so that they can undertake the Yatra

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  • No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the valley from winter capital Jammu to perform the Amarnath Yatra  for the third consecutive day on Monday
  • So far 1,27,538 pilgrims have performed the yatra
  • The mobile internet services have also been suspended in Jammu city, making the stranded pilgrims feel all the more helpless

Amid an on-going unrest in Kashmir valley post the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani, Amarnath Yatra has remained suspended for the third day in a row on Monday.

No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the valley from winter capital Jammu to perform the Amarnath Yatra, police said.

“No Yatri will be allowed to move towards the Valley from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city today,” a senior police officer said.

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“The Yatra has been suspended due to the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley,” he added.

An officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage said that 8,611 pilgrims had “Darshan” at the holy Cave Shrine on Sunday.

“8,611 yatris had ‘darshan’ inside the holy Cave yesterday. These included Yatris who had already reached the north Kashmir Baltal and south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps,” he said.

“Since the yatra started on July 2, so far 1,27,538 pilgrims have performed the yatra,” the SASB official added.

Stranded pilgrims in Jammu. Image Source: The Indian Express
Stranded pilgrims in Jammu. Image Source: The Indian Express

Around 15,000 yatris are waiting in Jammu for their turn to proceed to the Valley so that they can undertake the Yatra.

Sources said that a team of officials from Gujarat is reaching here on Monday to find out the welfare of stranded Yatris belonging to their state.

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“Gujarat chief minister spoke to state chief minister yesterday. It was agreed upon that a team of Gujarat government officials would arrive in Jammu to meet the yatris,” sources said.

Reportedly, as the mobile internet services have also been suspended in Jammu city, the stranded pilgrims were feeling all the more helpless. (IANS)

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    The police should take necessary steps to curb the growing tension in the valley so that a safe passage for the pilgrims can be created.

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    Growing tensions in the valley have resulted into loss of many lives and now the pilgrims are suffering due to the unrest.

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The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a cantonment, growing up with two sisters, his mother's struggle to run the house on a tight budget and his father, a happy-go-lucky man, who avoids the responsibilities of a good husband.

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“If you happen to be acquainted with me enough to perceive a passing resemblance of me in Balan, you would be right; and yet if you find the resemblance rather tenuous and liberally adulterated, you will be equally right too,” says the author in a preliminary note.

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The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a cantonment, growing up with two sisters, his mother’s struggle to run the house on a tight budget and his father, a happy-go-lucky man, who avoids the responsibilities of a good husband.

He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father’s transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.

Settled in Jammu, Balan is admitted into grade two, though just four years and seven months old. He remains younger and tinier than his peer group all through his schooling and even in college. Because of his diminutive size, he is saddled with sobriquets like pocket edition, Lilliputian and Madrasi, and sees his self-esteem falling dangerously.

He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father's transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.
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It’s at Satwari near Jammu that he develops childhood friendship with many, most importantly with Jeevan Asha or Jeesha, who was two years older and also taller than him. Soon, however, Balan’s father is again transferred to Ambala and he is separated from his friends, especially Jeesha. He writes letters to his friends and receives responses from all, except Jeesha.

Overcoming all odds and with hard work, Balan completes his studies and joins the State Bank of India. Now a confident young man, he works hard and finally makes it to the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. (It was at IIM, Ahmedabad, that the author taught finance.)

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