Teethwal, Jammu and Kashmir- In a significant development that could potentially bridge socio-religious divides, the Chairman of the Sharda Committee, Mr. Ravindera Pandita, has strongly urged the government to reopen the gates for socio-religious tourism between India and Pakistan at the historic Teethwal crossing.
Teethwal, situated in the picturesque region of Jammu and Kashmir, has long been a symbol of cultural and religious heritage shared between India and Pakistan. The ancient Sharada Peeth Temple, revered by Hindus, Sikhs, and Kashmiri Pandits, is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of various faiths in the region.
Speaking to press held at Teethwal today, Chairman Ravindera Pandita emphasized the importance of reconnecting people from both sides of the border through socio-religious tourism. He stated, “The Sharada Peeth Temple is not just a religious site; it’s a symbol of unity and shared heritage. It’s time we open the gates to allow devotees and tourists to visit this sacred place once again.”
The BDC Chairperson Block Teethwal highlighted the potential economic benefits that could be reaped from reopening the site. “The tourism industry has taken a severe hit due to the prolonged closure. By reopening Teethwal for socio-religious tourism, we can not only promote peace and goodwill but also boost the local economy and provide livelihoods for the people of the region,” she explained.
Teethwal, like many other border crossings between India and Pakistan, has been closed for years, leading to the estrangement of communities on both sides who share deep-rooted cultural ties. Mr. Pandita’s appeal comes at a time when there is a growing sentiment for peace and reconciliation between the two nations.
The call for reopening socio-religious tourism at Teethwal is expected to resonate with various religious and cultural groups, both in India and Pakistan, who have been advocating for a more open and inclusive approach to heritage sites.
The Sharda Committee chairman’s plea is likely to reignite discussions at the diplomatic level and serve as a catalyst for broader initiatives aimed at promoting peace, cultural exchange, and people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan.
The appeal by Chairman Ravindera Pandita stands as a beacon of hope for those who believe in the power of socio-religious tourism to build bridges of understanding and unity between nations.
As the world watches with anticipation, the prospect of reopening the Teethwal crossing offers a glimmer of optimism in the long-standing efforts to foster peace and cooperation between India and Pakistan.
It is also be noted that the Indian Army is set to hoist a majestic 104-foot-high flag at Teethwal, a significant border point in Jammu and Kashmir. This patriotic initiative aims to symbolize India’s sovereignty and unity, as well as pay homage to the sacrifices of the armed forces. The towering flag is expected to become a prominent landmark in the region, a source of inspiration, and a testament to the Indian Army’s commitment to safeguarding the nation’s borders. This act underscores the military’s unwavering dedication to defending India’s territorial integrity and upholding its national pride.