I missed this news.
"No Flag hoisting this year at Lal Chowk"
Anshul Chaturvedi in a TOI blog has an interesting take on that
"I do not understand the point behind discontinuing the 17-year old practice of hoisting the Indian flag at the Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Reports suggest that the government saw the practice of hoisting the tricolour at the chowk as “needless provocation’ to the separatists in the area. And those opposing the move were sold the line that it was just a “symbolic gesture”. (What is the flag hoisting at every single place in the country on R-Day, if not a “symbolic gesture”, pray? The flag IS a symbol, remember?) "