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Why one can't ban pheran

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For a brief time recently, the fundamental right to wear clothing of one's choice was no more valid in Kashmir — at least, with regard to the iconic pheran.

The pheran is emblematic of Kashmir itself. (Photo: Reuters)

The Jammu and Kashmir government had turned averse to Kashmir’s traditional cloak, worn by both women and men to combat the harsh Himalayan winters, if not necessarily as a style statement too. The government, headed by Governor SP Malik, had for a while banned the pheran at some of its offices, causing a stir in the already trouble-torn region. Later, the order was withdrawn.

Social media was abuzz though. Kashmir’s who’s who, including politicians like Omar Abdullah, weren't silent. Most were openly venting their feelings in support of Kashmir's attire of pride.

My father & I have worn pherans to official functions many times over the years & will continue to do so, silly government orders not withstanding. #dontbanourpheran #revokepheranban. pic.twitter.com/nEsjpMd4XB

— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 18, 2018

The Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, initially banned the pheran at its zonal offices in the Valley. “All the officials visiting this office are advised to visit with proper dress code during any official visit. It is recommended that no official will visit this office wearing........

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