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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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Today, Native Americans commemorate Thanksgiving in different ways.

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The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. VOA

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first successful harvest by firing guns and cannons in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The noise alarmed ancestors of the contemporary Wampanoag Nation who went to investigate.

That is how native people came to be present at the first Thanksgiving, says Ramona Peters, historic preservation officer of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which suggests that paintings depicting Native Americans sitting down for a bountiful and harmonious meal with colonial families is basically a lie.

“The Wampanoag people, men, were not really sure what they were being told was actually true, so they stayed around for a few days. They camped outside,” says Peters. “So there was a lot of tension as well, all of these men, warriors, were next door in the woods at night in the dark close by.”

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Thanksgiving with the Indians by N. C. Wyeth. VOA

While the Wampanoag might have shared food with the Pilgrims during this strained fact-finding mission, they also hunted for food.

What was actually eaten at that first Thanksgiving is far different from the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing that grace many holiday tables today, according to experts at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

“We … know turkey was plentiful in Plymouth Colony, but we don’t know for certain that it was served at the meal,” Plimoth Plantation’s Kate Sheehan told VOA via email. “The likelihood is very strong, though. Mussels, lobster and eel were available as well, and enjoyed by both the English and Wampanoag.”

Plimoth Plantation attempts to replicate the original Plymouth Colony settlement established by the English colonists in the 17th century, and makes educated guesses about what else might have been on the first Thanksgiving table.

“English gardens probably produced cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, colewort (collards), parsnips, turnips, beets, onions, radishes, lettuce and spinach, as well as sage, thyme, parsley, marjoram, fennel, anise and dill,” Sheehan says. “Wampanoag and English women also cultivated beans and squashes, including pumpkins.”

 

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A traditional Thanksgiving dinner often includes turkey, gracy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potatoes. VOA

 

Other foods that would have been available at that time of year include Jerusalem artichokes, wild onions, garlic, watercress, cranberries, Concord grapes and native nuts, including walnuts and chestnuts.

“Native people also dried out-of-season fruits such as blueberries and currants, and added them to dishes throughout the year,” Sheehan says.

Although Americans now celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November, historians can’t pinpoint the exact date of the very first Thanksgiving.

“We know it took place over three days sometime between mid-September and early November in 1621, and was considered a harvest celebration following a successful planting of multicolored flint corn, or maize,” says Sheehan.

It wasn’t until 1863, during the Civil War, that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln furthered an idealistic Thanksgiving narrative for strategic reasons.

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In this Nov. 15, 2018, photo, Mashpee Wampanoag Kerri Helme, of Fairhaven, Mass., uses plant fiber to weave a basket while sitting next to a fire at the Wampanoag Homesite at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, Mass. VOA

A woman named Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of an influential women’s magazine, had a hand in convincing President Lincoln that a national Thanksgiving holiday would help unite the war-torn country.

“It was a socio-political move to try to reunite the North and the South after the Civil War to have this national holiday,”says Peters, of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “It was their brainchild to have this national holiday called Thanksgiving, and its popularity grew through time, but it was actually a pretty smart move to establish something to unite families. During the Civil War, a lot of families actually split down the middle, brothers against brothers.”

Today, Native Americans commemorate Thanksgiving in different ways. Some consider it a day of mourning given the rapid colonization and displacement of their people. Others gather with their families, but the Pilgrims aren’t on their minds.

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Peters says native people celebrate a number of thanksgivings throughout the year, at times such as when certain crops come in or a particular fish returns to spawn. Giving thanks is a big part of the Wampanoag members’ spiritual life, she adds.

The tribe, also known as the “People of the First Light,” will have a number of reasons to give thanks this year.

“On a tribal level, we have a chief who’s 98 years old and we’ll give thanks for him still being with us and willing to lead us as a traditional leader,” Peters says. “We will be thankful for the land that is in our care, for the newborn babies into our tribe. We live by the ocean, so we’re First Light people so we give thanks to the bay.” (VOA)