13-Year-Old Tanzeem Merani Vows To Hoist Tri-Colour In Srinagar On Aug 15

13-year-old Tanzeem Merani from Ahmedabad has vowed to hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on August 15.

She said, “Kashmir hamara hissa hai, wahan jaane ke liye hume koi permission nahi chahiye, ye humara right hai” or “Kashmir is our part and to go there we don’t need permission from anyone as it is our right.”


Supporting her daughter, her father, Aamir Merani, said, “If we are not allowed to unfurl tricolour in Srinagar then we will sit on a hunger strike.”

Few days back, Jhanvi Behal, the girl who had made headlines for challenging JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate, too announced that she will hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on August 15. Jhanvi also dared anyone to stop her.

Lal Chowk is considered to be an extremely sensitive spot from the security point of view. For years it has been the nerve centre of the Kashmiri struggle against India. All the national and international dignitaries who have visited Kashmir from time to time have been taken to this spot.

The place used to hose frequent rallies and during the peak of militancy it had become probably the most violent town centre in the world. This was because of some paramilitary bunkers located around the spot. These were the prime targets of militant grenade attacks.

Kashmir valley has witnessed one of its worst bouts of unrest in recent times, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8. In the protests that followed, 55 people have lost their lives in the weeks of demonstrations and clashes between Kashmiri protesters and security forces, and thousands have sustained injuries. Many were blinded due to pelleting carried out by security forces.

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