New Delhi, October 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): Renowned social activist and Hindu religious scholar, Swami Agnivesh, has said that the prolonged Amarnath Yatra had a role in the unprecedented flood that recently hit the Kashmir Valley.
Swami Agnivesh in an interview in New Delhi said the yatra had adversely impacted the fragile environment in the upper reaches of Valley leading to the melting of the glaciers. Relating Kashmir’s devastating floods with the long duration of Amarnath Yatra, the Hindu religious scholar said, nobody can deny this fact that Amarnath Yatra has been disturbing the environment of Kashmir and this disruption is one of the reasons for recent floods that ravaged Kashmir valley and hit its economy badly.
“Nobody will dare to tell you this, but I am telling you and you must admit this fact that the Amarnath Yatra whose duration was stretched in a planned way is the source of catastrophe for the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Agnivesh said the Yatra had no essence and that it had been given importance just to ensure that there is Hindu presence in Kashmir.
“Amarnath yatra is a cocktail. It is the combination of religion and tourism and both the Hindu zealot groups and tourism department want to reap maximum benefits out of it,” he added.
He said that if the duration and the number of pilgrims were not reduced, then surely in future the yatra would prove disastrous for Kashmir.
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