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The opportunities for hosting the G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir

The G-20 delegates could see for themselves what Jammu and Kashmir have been through because of the conflict which was primarily being ignited, coordinated and sustained from somewhere else. Blaming someone for its dirty intrigues and machinations (cross-border terrorism) is one thing, but presenting documentary evidence of that complicity as is available in ground zero, is lending credibility to the charge.

“Conflict is development in reverse.” This finding of the World Bank makes a very strong case for development itself also being a very potent antidote to conflict. So, G20 is again a platform to present to the world how developmental processes and welfare initiatives are being used to negotiate and overcome hardships created and sustained by a prolonged conflict in the region. 

All these suggestions no doubt sound quite simple and rudimentary; but it is also true that in international politics, people, sometimes, by thinking and aiming for big goals and outcomes, tend to lose sight of some of the very basic possibilities with far greater potential and promise.

Sharing these unpretentious ideas is a modest attempt to nudge some very fertile brains in the country towards thinking that G20-related events and activities, as also the profiles and clout of the participating delegates could actually be, and should be used to, create and harness their potential as “witness, referee and peacekeepers” with reference to certain aspects Jammu and Kashmir without compromising on our sovereignty in the region.

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In order to achieve sustainable tourism, the government collaborates closely with tourist businesses to establish best environmental practices that reduce the environmental impact of tourism-related activities. This includes water and energy saving as well as sensible trash management. The government is also pushing eco-tourism programmes that entice tourists to engage in environmentally friendly practices including hiking on nature trails and supporting conservation efforts. 

Stakeholders in sustainable tourism include the local community as well. By giving them the chance to grow their tourism-related companies, the government encourages local residents to participate in tourism-related activities. This promotes tourism’s economic advantages while lowering poverty.

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