KCCI aghast at JNU author’s remarks against Kashmir

KCCI aghast at JNU author’s remarks against Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) expresses outrage over JNU scientist and author Anand Ranganathan’s suggestion to emulate the “Israeli Model” of settlements and other high-handed and extrajudicial measures in Kashmir.
The KCCI in a statement condemned in strongest words Ranganathan’s assertion that the income of “millions and billions of rupees minted out of 1.60 crore tourists visiting Jammu & Kashmir last year is mostly going to terrorists”.
“He forgets that the reference to 1.60 crore tourists includes a large number of pilgrims who last year undertook Mata Vaishno Devi and Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra. Ranganathan has chosen to paint all the people black who directly or indirectly are associated with tourism as collaborators of terrorists. This claim is being widely condemned by the public in general and tourism stakeholders in particular,” the Chamber said.
“Ranganathan’s ill-conceived forecast that “insurgency, terrorism and militancy” are here to stay is preposterous and rejected with the contempt it deserves, the KCCI said, adding, “This narrative if not effectively dealt with will not only deal a crippling blow to tourism but is an attempt to derail the growing economy of Jammu & Kashmir. It can also send negative signals about the prevalence of peace in the region for which the Government of India and the Jammu & Kashmir have played a significant role.”
The Chamber said the record tourist footfall is the result of the prevalent peace. Ranganathan’s assertion also negates the government’s focus on the removal of unnecessary advisories imposed by foreign governments regarding travel to the region, it said.
The KCCI statement added, “Prime Minister and Lt. Governor played a significant role in the present peaceful situation in Jammu & Kashmir and any attempt to disturb the situation is fraught with dangerous consequences for the tourism and economy of Jammu & Kashmir.”
The KCCI has demanded that the government take stringent action against Ranganathan and others sharing his conviction.

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