The decision of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) of cancelling the tender for duty paid liquor shop at Srinagar International Airport is a welcome step as the move had evoked strong condemnation from various sections of the Kashmiri society. The Government of India had decided to get a liquor shop opened at Srinagar International Airport, in a bid to “woo tourists”, and the move was opposed by masses particularly the religious organisations and separatists who accused the government of promoting indecency, immorality, and destroying the Kashmiri culture in the name of promoting tourism. The move had come a day after government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar called for reopening cinemas in the Valley saying they “form part of normal work in current world”. One may agree to Akhtar’s justification of reopening cinemas that they are operating all over the world as he also cited the reasons that Pakistan has cinemas and that Saudi Arabia is also opening them. The cinemas indeed have become an indispensable part of our lives and one shouldn’t have any objection as nowadays everybody has a cinema in their pocket. So why slam government for the sake of slamming. The opening of liquor shop at the airport is a sensitive issue as liquor is still a taboo in our society that is predominantly Muslim and to go with the decision means invoking another trouble by provoking the sentiments of the majority population. Many also sought explanation from the government for “maligning” the name of the revered saint Sheikh-ul-Alam (RA) whose teachings are contrary to the steps the government is mulling to take. The government’s justification that the step has been taken to woo tourists is a lame one and had no legs to stand upon. Now, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to cancel the tender process of duty paid liquor shop with immediate effect, it has put to rest all the apprehensions the already hapless and miserable Kashmiri had – that this controversy would be the next issue after the braid chopping that has to be dealt with. Thanks to wisdom of AAI that good sense prevailed.