As the Amarnath Yatra is underway, the government is assuring that they are taking every necessary step for pilgrims visiting holy shrine. But a picture showing Yatris urinating on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar has triggered a debate across various social media platforms regarding their conduct. The picture has also drawn flak from all corners, including citizens, media fraternity of Valley, who are criticising Yatris for urinating in public. Reacting on the controversy, an independent Kashmiri journalist named Fahad Shah on his official Twitter handle said, “This is what so-called tourists or Yatris from mainland India, who bring so-called economy, do to #Kashmir, the so-called heaven!”

Netizens have also raised questions on basic arrangements made by the government for Yatris, saying that why there is a hue and cry as Yatris are compelled to take this step. Taking a dig at the picture, many users said that Indian Yatris are showing their nationalism, others criticised the locals who are blaming the visitors for their actions, they said Kashmiri citizens are equally responsible for not taking care of the water body.

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It is a sensitive matter as the government has spent crores in recent years for promotion of its ambitious cleanliness campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, especially if it doesn’t change the mindset of ordinary citizens who are equally responsible for making this country a beautiful place.

A local journalist said this is how Indians contribute to Kashmir’s economy. Kashmir is world famous for its hospitality, but in return what they expect is coordination from visitors for the growth and development of Valley. There has always been a psychological gulf between Kashmiri citizens and ordinary Indian that clearly reflects that positive steps need to be introduced.

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