Oh Kashmir !

many of us have often come across devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi, who ‘report’ that “all is fine in Kashmir as I just returned from a pilgrimage to the holy cave along with my family and friends” , little knowing that Katra city where this abode of the holy Mother falls in Jammu region of the state is nearly 300 kms away from Srinagar city – the summer capital of the state . And , still nearly 400 kms away is city of Leh in Ladhaakh region away from Srinagar city of Kashmir valley – the “gateway ” of Islamic terrorism. And also knowing little that nearly fifty percent of the total area of state remains in the illegal occupation of either Pakistan or China. That the three regions are geographically, climatically as well as culturally diverse is another reality-most of the common citizens of the country are hardly aware of.