07:43 GMT26 February 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The situation has been tense in India-administered Kashmir in recent months since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370 in August 2019, ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government later divided the state into two federally controlled union territories.

    The video of women and children dressed in regional attire and dancing to the tune of Kashmiri music during the celebration of India’s 71st Republic Day has gone viral on Twitter with 2.8K likes and over 621 retweets.

    In the video which has garnered about 22,000 views, women can be seen wearing colourful “Pheran” traditional attire and headscarves while performing the “Rouf”, a Kashmiri folk dance.

    The video has left Twitterati in awe. While some say it’s heart-warming to see people in Kashmir celebrating Republic Day, others opined it as an expression of “normalcy” in the region, and “a picture of the real Kashmir”.

    A few netizens took the opportunity to thank India’s Prime Minister Modi for making this possible.

    This was the first Republic Day celebration that took place in the valley after the Indian government repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and made the state a union territory. The programme was organised amid high security in the region.

    The Kashmir region has been a bone of contention for India and Pakistan. Both the nuclear-armed neighbours claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part.


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