Sanjeev K. Sharma
JAMMU, Aug 12: Zarina, 35, a Pahari woman from Kashmir’s Bandipora area fastens her hands on a machine as she sews Tiranga, Indian National Flag, at a centre run by an NGO (Non-Government Organization) so that sufficient number of flags might be made by August 15 this year to unfurl atop houses in Kashmir to make PM Modi’s nationwide movement ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ a grand success.
“I sew about 10-12 flags a day and have hoisted one atop my own home in Malangam, Bandipora (in Kashmir division of J&K),” Zarina informed adding that for the last about 20 days she along with 14 other Kashmiri ladies and five men were busy in making the Tricolour.
“We stitch about 500 flags per day at Bandipora head office of our NGO-Diya, a dream, while other branches of the NGO also make such flags at their own level,” Arshida Khan, chairperson of the NGO said.
She informed that the workers engaged in making the flags work in shifts for 24 hours and so far they have made and distributed about 10,000 such flags across Kashmir valley.
“Though we do not have any target to complete yet we are trying our best to ensure that no house remains without a Tiranga so that our PM’s Har Ghar Tiranga movement becomes a big success,” Khan maintained claiming that certain elements in Kashmir are not happy with her work of making the Tricolour and they have twice stoned her centre thereby smashing window panes for which she had lodged a complaint at the local police station.
Mohd. Iqbal Zargar, husband of the NGO chairperson informed that he distributes the flags among those who demand them in Kashmir.
NGO patron, Anita Chandpuri, a Kashmiri Pandit (KP) lady, informed that she meets army officers and office bearers of different KP organizations in Delhi and at other places to fulfil their demands for Tiranga, which she gets prepared by her NGO in Kashmir.
“The Tiranga made by our NGO is a special one as it has embroidery works on the Charka,” she maintained adding that KP organizations and others demanding the Tiranga also pays for the same.
It is pertinent to mention here that India is celebrating its 75 Independence Day on August 15, 2022 and the enthusiasm has touched new heights with PM Modi’s nationwide movement of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and in this regard Kashmir is also not behind in this enthusiasm even after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A from J&K.
Now, with such developments in Kashmir it seems that gone are the days when certain elements in Kashmir desecrated the Tricolour with head of a particular Kashmir based political outfit having once gone to the extent of saying that there would be none to hold the Tricolor if the article granting special status to J&K-Article 370 is abrogated from J&K.