Friday, 9 November, 2007
Muthukad's effort, need of the hour: Gulam Nabi Azad
Srinagar: In the morning on 2nd Oct., even as the Dal Lake – the Kashmiri feast for the eyes delight for the hearts – remained frozen amid beefed up security, tricolours fluttered and ‘Vande Maatharam’ resounded from Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on its banks, where magician Gopinath Muthukad and his 26 members were performing patriotic magic show. And that marked the beginning of Vismay Swaraj Yatra from Srinagar, the place that unfortunately has been the major target for the evil forces who looks for a chance to destabilize peace and harmony of India. At the end of the magic show, marking the formal inauguration of the Yatra, Gulam Nabi Azad, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir entrusted the National Flag to Mr. Muthukad and requested, “Continue your performance, its very nice”.
“Mr. Muthukad’s efforts of extensively traveling through the length and breadth of the nation, spreading the messages of national integration, peace and nonviolence is admirable. It is need of the hour”, the Chief Minister added.
The function was all part of the International Day for Nonviolence, the latest global form of Gandhi Jayanti. The government function to observe the day was arranged at the pristine lawns of SKICC where thousand of school children and general public were assembled. Nobody could enter that extensive venue without being checked at security points that were in plenty.
There was no exception for the magic team. Each of them, the vehicles and magical equipments were checked thoroughly, consuming a lot of time befoe entry was signalled. Thick cordons of BSF and CRPF jawans gave the ambience a tint of anxiety in the minds of the entourage from the South who were not accustomed to such situations.