Junaid Nabi Bazaz
Srinagar: Resistance movement hits Kashmir economy-the myth was exploded by Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on his arrival from Delhi Wednesday.
Apart from feeling “energized” by his leader’s arrival, an ardent supporter, Omar Subhan did brisk business at Hyderpora as Geelani addressed his supporters. He sold all his bananas.
Omer, a 21-year-old fruit vendor, pulled his cart outside the venue to listen to Geelani near his Hyderpora residence. While the Hurriyat leader’s followers began to assemble near the venue around 1:30 pm, the bananas became a major attraction for them. And while Geelani was addressing the gathering, Omer finished his full stock–50 dozens–within three hours.
Geelani’s supporters from various parts of the Kashmir valley began to throng his residence early morning. “I have never done a business like this in my entire life,” Omer told Kashmir Reader.
As compared to previous years Omer says that this time he earned beyond his expectations. Omer, a resident of Mehjoor Nagar, began to sell fruits on a pull-cart immediately after he left his studies in 2010. He chose Hyderpora, a locality where Geelani resides, to know about Geelani’s programs so that he could follow them, Omer says.
Geelani leaves to New Delhi for medical checkup every year during winter and returns back to Kashmir in April. Omer waits for this day every year and says that he keeps ample fruit stock. “As soon as I learnt about Geelani’s return I kept bananas ready,” Omar added. He said the day always fetches him good money.
“I want to be part of every program called by peer (Geelani) sahib. On this day, besides doing my business I also become part of peer sahib’s program. It satisfies me and I don’t need anything beyond these two,” Omer confides.