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Gujarat: Navratri in full swing despite terror shadow

October 06, 2008 14:25 IST

Serial blasts in Ahmedabad [Images], recoveries of crude bombs from Surat [Images] and terror threats have failed to prevent people from celebrating the ongoing nine-day Navratri festival.

Navratri is the longest dance festival in Gujarat. Even the arrest of four terrorists fron Vadodara has not affected tempo of the festival celebration in the city.

In fact, celebration of the festival conveys a message that terrorists and their organisation will not be allowed to succeed in dividing people on religion lines.

This festival has become a symbol of national and international integration as people, from all parts and communities from the country and foreigners staying in the country, have been participating in the festival.

Even the bomb blast in Modassa town on the eve of Navratri could not affect people's mood from celebrating the festival.

In fact, installation of CCTV cameras at various bigger venues of garbas is welcomed by many including parents to keep a watch on the movements of their daughters and those trying to tease their daughters. In Vadodara and Surat cities, teams of bouncers from Mumbai have been deployed at several garba venues to prevent miscreants or eve-teasers from creating any troubles for girls moving in Garbas.                                                                  




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