After weeks and eras of strong consideration of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Narendra Modi government eventually showed its move. In one fell dive, it has changed India’s connection with the Jammu and Kashmir.
Home minister Amit Shah stated in Parliament the end of Article 370 — via Clause 3 of the Article that allows official announcement to determine the Article’s workability or purpose.
It cleared J&K from the Indian Constitution and allowed the state to plan its own Constitution. The state will now split into two Union territories: Ladakh without a government and Jammu and Kashmir with a government.
Many parties stepped out of the House in the offence to the move. Predictably, J&K’s state leaders announced the move ‘lawless’ & advised of dangerous consequences.
Anyways, the move should not be that surprising. BJP had informed of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in its 2019 announcement and has never been shy of getting its choices clear on the matter.
Syama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the ancestor of BJP, was jailed by the Sheikh Abdullah administration in Srinagar where he died in 1953, championing the matter of fuller integration of J&K with India. Since then, this problem has resonated with the government.
The Modi government’s dominant order for a next term all but warranted that this problem would be beginning and centre of its new plan. Modi has again proved his inclination for calibrated risk-taking.
The probability of J&K’s ‘mainstream’ political people in the state has hit its foundation.
While the separatist activity has long been shown for what it is — greedy, self-serving puppets of Pakistan. It is the ‘mainstream’ political characters in the former state, whose weak and corrupt misgovernance has hollowed J&K out of any real hopes.
The ‘abrogation’ of Article 370 is examining to understand for many in India, too.
The ‘Kashmir problem’ has always been a mutual affair between the people of J&K and New Delhi. The rest of India has been undergoing with one set of policies vis-à-vis J&K for the last seven decades, and the effects have been underwhelming.
It is a turn now to modify those plans. Just like the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have a post in the rest of India, the rest of India, too, has a position in the new Union territories.
The Modi government’s latest move indicates that it is not only severe about connecting India’s frayed edges, but it is also cognisant of goals of a ‘state’, which, notwithstanding its resources, has converted a cesspool of disorder and degenerative governments.