National integration tour ‘Deedar-e-Gulistaan’ flagged in at Thanamandi

National integration tour ‘Deedar-e-Gulistaan’ flagged in at Thanamandi

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PhotoJammu : 27 Aug 2014(CNS):-A National Integration Tour was organized for 25 village elders/moulvies and 05 accompanying staff from remote and far flung areas of Rajouri and Poonch Districts under Sadbhavana Initiative. Tour was flagged in by the Commander, Rashtriya Rifles Sector and Mr Jitendra Kumar, DC Rajouri at Thanamandi. The tour was aptly named ‘Deedar-E-Gulistaan’ as its aim was to bring awareness amongst the village elders & moulvies of Rajouri and Poonch districts about the national integration and spread the warmth outside J&K.    

The tour has given them an opportunity to have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage and the progress and development made by our country. To acquaint the village elders/moulvies about the national heritage, the tour visited Bahu fort, Raghunath Market, Mansar Lake in Jammu, Lal Quila, India Gate and Metro Ride at Delhi, Vintage Car Museum, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur Fort, Pichola Lake and Museum at Udaipur. Tour members also got a chance to meet the students of Rajouri and Poonch district studying in Pacific University, Udaipur. In Ajmer, the village elders/moulvies visited Dargah of Khawaja Moin-ud-in Chisti and also met with head of the Dargah. In Jaipur, tour members visited Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort.

All the village elders/moulvies were very excited after the tour and said that the event has given them an opportunity to have a broad outlook toward national heritage and also gave them a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage and the development made by our country.

Mohd Rafiq, 60 yrs old resident of Sangiot and Mohd Hafeez, 54 yrs old resident of Hatta Seri were very excited after the tour and said that the event has given them an opportunity to see so many historical places and the progress made by our country. They said that it was like a dream come true for them to visit such places outside the state and see the world. Such tours instill a sense of awareness and national integration amongst the village elders/moulvies.

The successful completion of this tour has resulted in fostering closer relationship between the locals and the Army. It has also developed a deep sense of belonging to the national mainstream amongst these village elders/moulvies of remote areas. The enthusiasm and glow on the face of all village elders/moulvies clearly showed that they thoroughly enjoyed and learned from this unique experience.