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Facebook Turns Paradise for Paradise Kashmir

Srinagar: Paradise Kashmir, a Facebook page aimed to unite Kashmiris across the world, has attracted legions of netizens, with the page making a history of sorts having pocketed One million likes: a first for a social networking page run in Kashmir.

The page is run by a familiar name on the Facebook: Ali Kak. For Ali Kak, the idea of coming up with Paradise Kashmir was to bring together the Kashmiris world over on a single platform where they can get general information about different areas of divided Jammu Kashmir.

The information ranges from political discussions to social issues, Kashmiri banters to day to day life discussions and serving the followers-with many of them non-Kashmiris- with description about various tourist spots in the region.

“We are very happy by the response from our followers. Our followers’ count is swelling by the day and we haven’t disappointed them as we keep them updated with what they want. The discussion and debates that take place don’t get overboard and we don’t let personal liking and disliking, abuses and ill-discipline take over,” Kak told GNS, hoping to add to his follower count in coming days and live up the expectations of his followers.
Paradise Kashmir facebook page has become the face of Jammu Kashmir on social media; it is also among the fastest growing pages of the Subcontinent. The page has also a website www.ParadiseKashmir.net which holds information about different tourist spots in Jammu Kashmir. The website also holds information about Kashmir culture and recipes of Wazwan

Kak’s own Facebook profile is a hit with hundreds of friends that are treated with some wit full humour and knowledge about the Kashmiri culture. Kak prefers to pass his message in Kashmiri in his bid to promote the mother tongue with a telling success. Ali Kak says that the administrators of Paradise Kashmir page are all volunteers who want to help develop the tourism section in Jammu Kashmir.

Paradise Kashmir hasn’t had the rosy ride all along though, with his page being banned by Indian Telecom Authority in February 2013. The page posted news about hanging of Afzal Guru and showed its displeasure about Indian Governments decision. However, Kak and co didn’t stop by the cowing down, and returned back with the page with new resolve everytime. And, it is that resolve and common sense that has made Paradise Kashmir a million like page. URL of page is www.Facebook.com/Paradise.Kashmir.

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