The European Parliament, on the behalf of the European Union has lauded the zeal of Kashmiris who are defying all odds and turning up in large numbers to cast their ballot. According to a press release, it asserted that the high voter turnout of 70 percent in the first two phases proves the vibrancy of democracy in India. It took cognizance of the fact that despite calls for boycott from separatist forces, the youth and women also took to the polling booths, given a serious blow to divisive politics sponsored by a neighbouring country.