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In the past two years, there’s been a change in Srinagar’s landscape. Instead of military personnel, tourists walk along the Dal Lake promenade..The famed “shikaras” or houseboats dotting the lake have a more cheerful stride than usual. That’s partly because a record 1.1 million tourists visited Kashmir in 2011, and this year’s number is expected to rise to almost two million before the onset of winter.
So, a recent advisory asking tourists to comply with a dress code issued by an Islamist organisation, the Jamaat-I-Islami, has come as a shock to many.