A Historic Opportunity for the Region

The visit serves as a platform to showcase the immense potential and natural beauty of Kashmir
Workers fix G20 boards on pole-lamps along the Boulevard road in Srinagar. [Representational Image]
Workers fix G20 boards on pole-lamps along the Boulevard road in Srinagar. [Representational Image] Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir


The G20 summit to Kashmir presents a remarkable political and strategic occasion for the region, laden with historic significance. With its potential to foster meaningful dialogue and collaboration, this summit carries immense promise for the future of Kashmir and its people.

The G20, a prominent global forum comprising the world’s major economies, brings together influential leaders who possess the capacity to effect tangible change.

Their visit to Kashmir reflects international recognition of the region’s importance and the need to address its longstanding challenges of foreign tourist arrival, and investment in the region. The visit serves as a platform to showcase the immense potential and natural beauty of Kashmir.

By bringing global attention to the region, it opens avenues for increased investment, economic growth, and tourism. This, in turn, can contribute to the socio-economic development of Kashmir, empowering its people and improving their quality of life.

Kashmir is a land of natural beauty, a place of rich history and culture. The G20 delegation will have the opportunity to experience in some measures that Kashmir has to offer, and their visit will surely generate interest of other potential tourists and investors.

In addition to its natural beauty, Kashmir also has a strategic location. The political and strategic importance of the region is that it is located at the crossroads of Asia, and is home to important trade routes.

The G20 comprises some of the most powerful and influential countries in the world, and their presence in Kashmir is a sign of international recognition of the region’s importance and also a sign of support by the country’s efforts to develop Kashmir into a peaceful and prosperous region. It is a major step forward for Kashmir, and we are sure it will have a positive impact on the region.

The delegation’s positive experiences will help to dispel the negative perceptions that some people have about Kashmir, and it will encourage others to visit this beautiful and historic land. The economic and job creation benefits that will flow from increased tourism will be significant.

Their visit will help to promote Kashmir as a destination for investment and trade and will lead to increased economic activity in the region, which will create jobs and boost the economy.

The increased tourism revenue will help to support businesses and create jobs in the region also. Be it improved infrastructure, or investment in the region, or to improve the quality of education in Kashmir by way of setting foreign university campuses in the region, this visit will go a long way to create a more skilled workforce, which will make Kashmir a much better place in the world.               

Kashmir also has the potential to develop health tourism, and educational tourism. The region’s pristine environment and mild climate make it an ideal destination for people seeking to improve their health.

There are also a number of adventure sports that can be enjoyed in Kashmir, such as trekking, mountaineering, and white- water rafting.

The region’s many educational institutions make it a popular destination for students from around the world. Kashmir’s renowned hospitality, steeped in a rich cultural heritage, promises to be a captivating aspect during the summit. The warmth and graciousness of the Kashmiri people have long been celebrated, making visitors feel embraced and cherished.

As delegates from around the world convene in this picturesque land of breath-taking valleys and majestic mountains, they will undoubtedly experience the genuine hospitality of the people, who extend their open arms to tourists, ensuring a memorable and enchanting stay.

Moreover, the land of Kashmir, with its deep spiritual roots, has been home to revered luminaries like Lal Ded and Sufi saints, whose teachings and philosophies have inspired generations. Lal Ded, a mystic poet, left an indelible mark on Kashmiri literature and spirituality with her profound verses and profound insights.

The mystical traditions and Sufi practices that have thrived in Kashmir for centuries continue to enchant seekers of truth and wisdom. The G20 summit, set against this backdrop, offers an extraordinary opportunity for global leaders to get a feel of the cultural tapestry of Kashmir, imbibing the essence of its spiritual heritage and drawing inspiration from the teachings of these luminous souls.

In the annals of Kashmir’s history, no event of such magnitude and global significance has graced then its enchanting landscapes. The summit holds the promise of transforming the narrative surrounding Kashmir, propelling it towards a brighter future.

The region, long marred by strife and uncertainty, now stands at the threshold of a remarkable opportunity to redefine its destiny. The significance of this summit cannot be overstated, as it has the potential to shape the trajectory of Kashmir, elevating it from a troubled past to a beacon of hope and progress.

The efforts of the J&K government especially the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha will be remembered by the generations for hosting such summit in Kashmir for the first time.

This summit is of utmost importance in the quest to make Kashmir a better place on Earth. It will serve as a catalyst for constructive engagement, fostering dialogue among influential world leaders and stakeholders invested in the region’s well- being.

By providing a platform for diverse perspectives to converge, the summit becomes an incubator for innovative solutions, promoting peace, stability, and sustainable development in Kashmir.

As Kashmir takes center stage on the global platform, the summit has the potential to forge a new narrative, one that present Kashmir as a land of opportunity, resilience, and boundless potential.

Safina Baig is DDC Chairperson Baramulla and chairperson J&K Haj Committee.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinions of the author.

The facts, analysis, assumptions and perspective appearing in the article do not reflect the views of GK.

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