The rise of a new Kashmir in India

In an announcement with massive repercussions for Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah has announced in Rajya Sabha that the government has decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to J&K.


What Happens now?

 The government has also decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature.

Shah’s announcement was immediately followed by massive uproar in the Upper House with opposition MPs protesting in the Well of the House. Back in the Valley, three of Jammu and Kashmir's most prominent politicians — Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone are under house arrest amid a massive security-built up in the state. Internet services and mobile services have been suspended in several places and all public gatherings are banned in Srinagar district as section 144 was imposed from midnight. Jammu City has also been affected by the security lockdown, with schools, colleges, banks and other institutions closed until further notice. 


Ripple Effects:


The move to scrap article 35 A, 370 has been on BJP high priority list and was a part of their 2019 election manifesto. The government as of now has full control over the situation in the valley, all the Amaranth pilgrims and tourists have been sent off to the mainland. The move is drawing some criticism in the international media and opposition which claims that they had not been informed about the decision in any manner. The valley remains a high risk zone at the moment.


The Future is Bright: 


However, many believe that this move is the dawn of a new Kashmir in India. Which brings the troubled state closer in terms of integration with mainland India. Once the amendment bill is in action anyone will have the right to buy property in Kashmir. This could open new gateways for employment and stability of the majority unemployed Kashmiri youth which is at a high risk of radicalisation. 

The process is long and the current move can cause a lot of unrest in the valley. However, BJP has once again proved that this is one political party which intends to keep the promises made in the election manifesto.


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