G20 in Srinagar to prove a game changer for Kashmiris: International Centre for Peace Studies

18 May, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastav

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The city of Srinagar has emerged as a strong contender to represent India's diversity. One of the top tourist destinations in South Asia, with a focus on the travel and tourism industry.

The G20 summit in Srinagar offers a chance to improve the region’s people’s emotional well-being because secessionism and bloodshed have long been a problem there, think tank International Centre for Peace Studies has stated in one of its research papers.

Over time, the residents of the valley have developed a deep need to find an alternative strategy. The people of Kashmir are now consciously choosing to wake up and examine everything that is happening to them with reason.

It is anticipated that the G20 summit in Srinagar will maintain a culture of introspection and self-reflection. The International Centre for Peace Studies has said that since the emergence of secessionist movements in Kashmir, which led to various divisions within the region, those at the very forefront of these movements have taken advantage of these divides, leaving little room for alternative viewpoints.

By preserving ambiguity and allowing conflict-oriented words to predominate the discourse, discourse handlers have played a crucial role in supporting this narrative. But since 2019, a new discourse focused on participation has grown in popularity, leading a wide range of stakeholders to steadily demand their place in the conversation. This academic investigation situates itself within the broader context of Kashmir in light of the upcoming G20 working conference in Srinagar.

It is essential to note that the purpose of this paper is to critically examine the potential of “engagement” as a means of discovering solutions to the larger issues at hand and to explore the possible outcomes, not to undermine or dismiss legitimate political grievances expressed by various parties.

In the current climate, India has accepted the G20 chairmanship, a grouping of powerful international economies. The main objective of the time and opportunity allocation undertaken by the organizing committee is to draw attention to the potential of selected areas across the nation. In line with a report published in the International Centre for Peace Studies, the initiative aims to highlight India’s inherent diversity, embracing both geographical and cultural features.

Additionally, it offers a chance to emphasize the nation’s dedication to market potential and ecotourism promotion. Notably, engaging India’s growing youth population, who had historically been lacking opportunity for a variety of reasons, is the main objective here.

The Kashmiri city of Srinagar has emerged as a strong contender to represent India’s diversity. The G-20 working summit could be held in Kashmir, one of the top tourist destinations in South Asia, with a focus on the travel and tourism industry. Recent months have seen a marked increase in investment in the Kashmir valley.

Importantly, the Emaar enterprise, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, has started construction on a commercial tower in the heart of the city, creating a job market for the young people in the area. The report by International Centre for Peace Studies said that the administration of the union territory also demonstrates its commitment to growth through visual evidence showing numerous active efforts in the city center and its surrounding areas.

Pak sponsored terror activities to sabotage G20 Summit: International Centre for Peace Studies

The state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is now a Union Territory, experienced frequent interruptions in the middle of national, bilateral, and international engagements prior to the repeal of Article 370. Previous peace efforts fell short of producing notable outcomes. Similar efforts have been made since May by secessionists supported by Pakistan to sabotage the upcoming G-20 summit.

In Poonch, Jammu division, armed men acting under command from across the border have threatened local peace for more than two weeks. Five soldiers were killed by terrorists in the Poonch attack, while one terrorist was killed and more were being sought. Local sympathizers have also been detained by security personnel. The latest sprout of Lashkar-e-Taiba known as the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF) has recently made explicit threats against the G20 summit.

The group claims that the event aims to undermine India’s position by portraying Kashmir as a typical territory as opposed to their position that the territory should be seen as disputed. This spirit of correction is anticipated to continue at the G20 summit in Srinagar. Happy New Year to Kashmir and the Kashmiris, according to the International Centre for Peace Studies.