Order banning “Pheran” on official visits revoked: CEO Kupwara

Order banning “Pheran” on official visits revoked: CEO Kupwara
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Azad Hussain

Kupwara, Dec 19: Facing ire from the teaching and non teaching community, the district education department Kupwara has revoked the controversial order under which teachers had been banned to wear Kashmiri traditional pheran on official visits.
Zonal Education officer (ZEO) langate had issued an order banning teachers from wearing “Pheran” Kashmiri’s traditional cloak.
As per the order, the teachers were directed not to wear pheran during official visits.
However, the order had been opposed by numerous politicians, social activists, journalists and commoners expressing their dismay on the ban order while a miniscule number supporting the ban.
The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National conference Vice President Omar Abdullah while urging the School Education Department to withdraw its order asking officials to refrain from wearing the Pheran said, “I fail to understand why pherans should be banned! This is a regressive order that makes no sense all. Pherans are very practical way of keeping warm during the cold winter aside from being part of our identity. This order should be withdrawn,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
He added: “My father & I have worn pherans to official functions many times over the years & will continue to do so, silly government orders notwithstanding.”
Following Omar’s tweet the social media went abuzz with senior journalist Sankarshan Thakur writing, “And intrinsic to Kashmiri life in more ways than just one. Ludicrous someone should think of banning such a wonderful and versatile garment ‘Pheran’.”
NC leader and former lawmaker Altaf Kaloo wrote, “Nobody on earth can dictate us for not wearing Pheran…. will continue with this.”
Reacting to the ban, senior Kashmir based journalist Yusuf Jameel while sharing the photographs of various motifs of Pheran wrote, “The officer who has sought to ban wearing of pheran in office appears to be suffering from ‘hum angrezon ke zamane ke sahab hain’ syndrome. Get a life! We do take pride in our culture, customs, traditions and living styles. Entirely. Love Pheran.”
However on Wednesday morning Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kupwara, Mohd Shafi War confirmed that the order was revoked after it was opposed by teaching and other different communities.
“The order banning to wear Pheran on official visits has been revoked, teachers won’t be banned to wear pheran during official visits,” CEO Kupwara said.