Lal Chowk .

January 4, 2021 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

Lal Chowk is a city square (literally Red Square) in Srinagar in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Lal Chowk was named so by Left-wing activists inspired by the Russian Revolution as they fought Maharaja Hari Singh. It is a traditional place for political meetings with Jawaharlal Nehru, Jammu & kashmir first Prime MinisterSheikh Abdullah, Kashmir’s first premier and various other Kashmiri leaders having addressed people from it.

Lal Chowk fire :

The 1993 Lal Chowk fire refers to the arson attack on the main commercial center of downtown Srinagar, Kashmir that took place on 10 April 1993.

Tricolour image at Srinagar's Lal Chowk shared by BJP's Kapil Mishra is not  'new J&K'

Clock tower :

Bajaj Electricals built the Clock tower in 1980.

The Clock Tower gained political significance in 1992 when the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Murli Manohar Joshi came to hoist the Tricolour atop the tower on Republic Day. Joshi’s move brought several militant groups together, uniting them with India. Joshi had hoisted the flag in the company of Indian soldiers.

Since then, the BSF and the CRPF undertook the hoisting ceremony until 2009 when they announced it was unnecessary to continue the ritual because the tower “had no political significance” and an official function was held at the nearby Bakshi Stadium on Republic day and Independence day anyway.