ANI Photo | J-K: Srinagar conference sheds light on tourism-led solutions for tribal communities

A conference on the economic, geographical, traditional, and social crisis faced by Hunza, Shina, and Pashtu tribes, and for the promotion of tourism to address their issues was concluded today in Srinagar.
The event was organised by Kashmir Sewa and was held at a local hotel in Srinagar bringing together a diverse assembly of experts, leaders, and stakeholders, all committed to driving positive change in the region
Chief Guest Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities lauded the conference for spotlighting critical issues and promoting unity.
“Unity and understanding are the bedrock of a harmonious society. The government is committed to addressing the challenges faced by minority communities, ensuring their voices are heard and rights upheld.”
Lalpura’s promise to convey community concerns to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was met with enthusiasm, generating a sense of optimism among attendees.
Firdous Baba, Chief of Kashmir Sewa Sangh, echoed Lalpura’s sentiments, emphasising the significance of collective efforts.
“Meaningful dialogues have paved the way for tangible solutions. Our mission is to foster unity, diversity, and harmony within our community,” Baba said.
The conference’s discussions encompassed vital topics like economic empowerment, infrastructure development, cultural preservation, and social integration. The potential of responsible tourism as a catalyst for sustainable development in the region emerged as a key theme. Participants exchanged ideas and best practices, focusing on leveraging tourism not only for economic growth but also for safeguarding the tribal heritage.
“The conference underscored the significance of preserving the unique cultural heritage of the Hunza, Shina, and Pashtu tribes. By promoting tourism, we can not only create economic opportunities but also ensure the preservation of their rich traditions,” a participant said.
The event concluded with a resounding commitment from all stakeholders to collaborate on actionable initiatives. Attendees united in their dedication to fostering understanding, unity, and inclusive growth. The conference has set a promising trajectory towards a brighter future for these tribal communities, driven by the power of collective action and responsible tourism

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