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Statehood for whom?
1/13/2021 11:19:23 PM
As the process is on to complete the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, the voices to seek restoration of statehood are growing shriller.
Barring the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD)—an amalgam of Kashmir centric parties—most of the political parties are demanding that J&K should get its statehood back. But the transition of J&K into a union territory has changed many things. The governance which had been missing during the past 70-years has become visible on the ground. People too are feeling the change.
Many rules have changed during the past one year and every attempt is being made to make everyone accountable. In the recent past most of the incomplete projects have been completed and foundations of new projects have been laid. Things are moving at a very fast pace in Jammu and Kashmir UT.
History stands testimony to the fact that the Kashmir centric leaders who ruled J&K for the past 70-years remained busy in playing politics over different issues. Despite enjoying all the perks and privileges these leaders kept on raking the controversial issues. For them Kashmir always remained an issue. The governance and administrative reforms were no priority for them. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, has set the new bench marks for the governance. He has led from the front to put the system on rails.
After witnessing the change many people are of the opinion that J&K remaining a union territory is better option than it functioning as a state. The politicians are demanding that the statehood should be restored but the big question is, do the people really want the statehood back? Many believe that restoration of the statehood will empower politicians and not the people. Had the political figures run the erstwhile state in a proper manner, today people would have stood with them.
The PAGD, which claims to be fighting for a bigger cause wants everything back. The leaders of the amalgam are trying to tell the people that getting Article 370 back is no big deal and they are not fighting for the restoration of the statehood. If it’s true, then why did these parties contest the recently held District Development Council (DDC) elections? If the PAGD wants Article 370 back, then it should stay away from power politics and concentrate on the issues which it believes are important. For time being the Centre’s only focus seems to be development and handling militancy. Other issues, including restoration of J&K’s statehood don’t even figure in the list.
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