Prime Minister Modi in his historical speech on the eve of
abrogation of Atrticle 370 has made his Naya Kashmir vision public by flagging
several features of the new policy on Kashmir;
We have taken this decision as a family (on the
abrogation of Article 370). A new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir and
Ladakh. Article 370 was a hurdle for development of Kashmir. The rights of all
denizens of India are equal, and their responsibilities are equal too. The harm
Article 370 did to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was never
discussed. Article 370 and Article 35A gave only separatism, nepotism and corruption
to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the PM.
“In the last 3 decades, almost 42,000 innocent people
lost their lives. This figure would bring tears to anyone’s eyes. The rights
enjoyed by the daughters of other regions were not enjoyed by the daughters of
Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “During elections, SC, ST and
individuals from other backward communities in other regions would enjoy
special benefits but the same did not happen in Jammu and Kashmir. The
financial benefits for central government employees, including security forces,
like LTC, HRA and more will be provide to those posted in Jammu and
Kashmir,” said PM Modi. “The vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir will
be filled. This will benefit the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. Local youth will
receive employment. State companies as well as private companies will be
encouraged to create jobs for the local youths in the state,” he said.
“After revoking Article 370, the central govt has
decided to put J&K under the governance of the central government. This
decision has been taken after careful consideration,” he added.
“J&K will not remain an UT forever. You
will get the opportunity to elect your representatives soon. I want to tell the
people of Jammu and Kashmir that your representatives will come from among
you,” he said. “Panchayats are doing a good job in J&K. Due to
elected panch and pradhan, development projects have been implemented speedily
in J&K. I am sure that after the revocation of Article 370, the
representatives of the Panchayats here will do stellar work,” Modi said.
“J&K and Ladakh have the potential to become the
biggest tourist destination in the world. The reforms required for this are
being done. I urge the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film industry to come to J&K
for shooting their projects. Sport training, scientific education will help the
youth of J&K to showcase their talent across the world,” the PM said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while highlighting the
objective of his Government among other things time to time said:
“Come; let us all together build a new Jammu and Kashmir and
new Ladakh with the new India.” PM Modi said, “I have complete faith under this
new system we all will be able to free Jammu and Kashmir of terrorism and
President’s Rule benefited Jammu and Kashmir: The decision to
keep Jammu and Kashmir directly under Central administration for a brief period
was a well thought out decision. Since Governor’s Rule was implemented in Jammu
and Kashmir, the state administration has been directly in touch with the
Centre, due to which the effects of good governance can be seen on ground,
“Those from Jammu & Kashmir who live outside
and elsewhere and want to return to their homes will be helped by us”, PM Modi
The PM’s pronouncements set the stage for a Naya
Kashmir Vision, based on development, prosperity, democracy, terrorism free
life, plural society and newer leadership etc. For all these promises the
people of Jammu and Kashmir have paid a valuable price of derivation of the
statehood by bifurcation into two Union Territories—Union Territory of Jammu
& Kashmir and UT of Ladakh.
Several herbal and organic products are scattered across
J&K and Ladakh. If they are identified and marketed in the global market,
then it will greatly benefit the people and farmers of these regions. I urge
the enterprises from all over India to come forward for this,” he added. I
urge the people of J&K and Ladakh to show their capability to the world. I
assure the people of J&K that things will return to normalcy.
In the context of changing geo political dynamics in South
Asia The opportunities extended by PM Modi at this moment to people Kashmir as
stakeholders in the affairs of Jammu & Kashmir is a great policy shift that
needs to be respected and responded to. The Kashmiri society, the Muslim
majority and the exiled Kashmiri Pandits, are suffering. The Kashmiris are
loudly voicing the societal sense and understanding that separatism is not a
political option and a “resolution of all the issues by negotiations and
peaceful dialogue is the only way forward for a dignified permanent resolution.
The rhetoric, dithering, political ambiguity and flip flop of
leadership in past talk offers with New Delhi has cost Kashmiris dearly. Yet
another opportunity is at their door steps and it is for them to rise to the
occasion and respond to the PM Modi’s clarion call with a people’s centric road
Dialogue is the only way for the Kashmiris to iron out the
issues and find solutions in the interest of all concerned. As native Kashmiri
in exile, I always advocate that it is the love for Kashmir and reaching out to
its people that alone can resolve the “K” imbroglio permanently.
The PM’s call needs to be responded by all the
stakeholders and all those who for some reasons best known to them have chosen
to remain away from mainstream. The invitees have a duty cast to put forth a
roadmap in the best interests of the people that works for terrorism free
inclusive life, liberty and the permanent peaceful resolution of the “K”
imbroglio. The onus lies on the Kashmiris to embrace the peace agenda and work
to end the phenomenon of death and destruction.
In democracy and Constitutional scheme Governor
Rule is an exception and elected people’s governance is the norm and
jurisprudence. The sooner the elected government is formed the better it is for
the health of democratic doctrine and people’s interests.
(Author is Senior Advocate, Supreme
Court of India, Chairman-Kashmir (Policy and Strategy) Group. Feedback: [email protected])