JAMMU, Jan 10: The time is ripe to change the perception of international community about the State of Jammu and Kashmir so as not to see it in isolation but as an integral part of India.
This was stated by Lakshmi Koul, a political strategist, human rights campaigner and founder member of Kashmiri Pandits Cultural Society (KPCS), UK while addressing media persons at Press Club, here today.
She said that Bob Blackman, MP for Horrow East London, UK after visiting the State of Jammu and Kashmir also endorsed the perception that J&K is an integral part of India.
Koul said that the genralised perception of the International community is being misled by some vested interests and anti-India lobbyists, adding that there is need to correct the misinformation and present the facts.
Referring to the unfortunate incident at Akhnoor, Lakshmi appealed to the communities in Jammu to focus on standing united as Jammu was increasingly under threat of radicalization.
Talking about the benefits of the Jammu Kashmir Festival and the way forward she said that there was a huge potential of tourism opportunities currently under explored which this would help tap into. The festival also helped build a sense of pride in the people of India and the Indian diaspora internationally towards J&K – this effort must be supported ti continue putting the State in the international map for the right reasons.
Lakshmi Koul was accompanied by Aryan Ramesh, Social Activist & promoter of religious tourism and Shazia Batool, an artist of Natrang.