Durbar all set to return

Durbar all set to return

Durbar is all set to return to Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, as the Government has announced that move offices in Jammu would close on 26 April.
In coming days Srinagar is set to witness hectic preparations to welcome the Durbar, all the roads leading to the Civil Secretariat, highest seat of power, would be painted yellow and white and no stone would be left unturned to give a facelift to the city. This is not for the first time that Srinagar would get a facelift ahead of Durbar move. It happens every year irrespective of who is ruling the state.
Durbar move in Jammu and Kashmir is an age old practice which was started by the Maharaja. This practice has been religiously followed by his successors, who were elected by the people. They have carried forward Maharaja’s legacy.Durbar Move during the past years has triggered many debates. In harsh winter season rulers shift to Jammu and in sweltering heat they enjoy cool breeze in Kashmir. They leave people of both the regions in lurch when they need them the most. When Omar Abdullah was ruling the state, he had stirred the Hornet’s nest by stating that he is mulling to call off the Durbar Move practice. But his proposal was opposed by everyone, including his then coalition ally Congress.
Many people believe that this practice would never end as it is meant for the elite class. At present Jammu and Kashmir is under President’s rule and during the past few months many bold decisions have been taken. If New Delhi decides to end this practice it would be a big decision and would make the elected representatives realize that Maharaja’s rule has ended long back, and such practices are not a part of a democracy.