Srinagar, August 28: J&K Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed , Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh and others greeted people on Raksha Bandhan. J&K Governor N. N. Vohra has felicitated the people on Raksha Bandhan and expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would usher a new era of peace, amity, harmony, progress and prosperity in the State. In his message of greetings, the Governor observed that Raksha Bandhan is a unique feature of India’s cultural ethos, symbolizing the special bonds between brothers and sisters. He said that this festival has a special significance for Jammu and Kashmir as the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra concludes on this day and devotees pay obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine on Shravan Purnima. The Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State. Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today greeted people on Raksha Bandhan and expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would bring in a new dawn of peace, brotherhood and prosperity in the State. In his message of felicitations, Mufti Sayeed said Raksha Bandhan is one of the greatest symbols of India’s cultural ethos, which symbolizes the special bond that exists between brothers and sisters. He said the festival has a huge significance for our state as the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra concludes on this day and devotees pay obeisance at the Holy Cave. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also prayed for the welfare and safety of the people of J&K State. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today greeted people on Raksha Bandhan and expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would usher in an era of peace, mutual brotherhood and prosperity in the State. In his message, he maintained that the festival of Raksha Bandhan is one of the greatest symbols of India’s culture and history symbolizing the bond that exists between a brother and sister. On this occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister also prayed that the festival would ensure over all welfare and safety of State and its citizens. Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Irrigation and Flood Control Sukhnandan Kumar Choudhary has greeted people of Jammu and Kashmir, on the eve of Raksha Bandhan being celebrated in the State with traditional fervor. Extending warm greetings to the people on this auspicious occasion the Minister hoped that the festivals will prove harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the State and its people. He highlighted the centuries old rich traditions of communal harmony, brotherhood and co-existence of different faiths and cultures symbolizing high values of humanity. He hoped that this festival will usher the state in a new phase of progress and prosperity and people will stand united to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and amity while celebrating the day. Member Parliament and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Ms Mehbooba Mufti has greeted the people of the State on Raksha Bandhan wishing them peace and prosperity. In her message, Ms Mehbooba has said that Raksha Bandhan reaffirms the strong bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters. The festival also underscores the high place traditionally accorded to women in our society. “The gesture shown by the brothers towards their sisters is not a mere ritual, but a powerful act that obligates everyone to ensure the safety and security of women,” she said. Highlighting the high tradition of celebrating festivals in Jammu and Kashmir in amity and brotherhood, she stressed on nurturing this tradition and strengthening harmony and brotherhood between various sections of the society. Ms Mehbooba wished Raksha Bhandan to be harbinger of peace, prosperity and progress in the State.
2015 Kashmir Despatch