Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Despite opposition from few BJP leaders, Govt wants ULB polls on time | After Cong, Omar also backs Govt on Canada issue | Swaminathan’s groundbreaking work transformed lives of millions: PM Modi | Govt working on policy to make National Highways pothole free by year-end: Gadkari | Amit Shah to visit Bhopal on Sunday | Northern Army Commander visits forward areas along Siachen, Ladakh | Chandrayaan-3 Rover has done its job: ISRO Chief | India gives 42 out of 90 medicines for Cancer at cheapest rates: Minister | 28% GST on online gaming set to be implemented from Oct 1 | Santolia tournament promotes sports, drug-free living among Kathua district students | 20 litres of illicit liquor recovered by PS Arnia Jammu | Awareness program on Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan held | One missing girl reunited with her family by PS R.S Pura Jammu | 04 vehicles involved in illegal mining seized by Jammu Police | Rahul Sahai, advocates for extended Pilgrim stays in Jammu | BJP not in mood to hold polls in Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah | 74 Goats, Sheep killed in Kishtwar fire | Advisor Bhatnagar calls for collaborative Efforts to combat rabies impact | Sham, Chander Mohan, Dilbahadur listen public grievances | Centre transfers Srinagar SSP Rakesh Balwal to Manipur | Essential oils -A new horizon in combating “Superbugs” | Earthquake alert service | Back Issues  
news details
Jammu, Ladakh paying for follies of Kashmir
Time to write new policy
5/8/2018 11:17:40 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, May 8: Regional divide in J&K is complete. And yet Kashmir continues to rule the roost. There is hardly any leader in Kashmir who talks about aspirations of Jammu and Ladakh; they only talk about Kashmir and consider Jammu and Ladakh as the Kashmir's two colonies which house people who are considered as subjects, and not citizens. They talk about Kashmir; they talk about aspirations of the people of Kashmir, barring those who quit Kashmir in January 1990 to escape their physical liquidation at the hands of Azaadiwallas. They talk about Pakistan; they talk about Azaadi; they talk about self-rule; they talk about greater autonomy; and they also talk about what they call "middle-path" without explaining what this "middle-path" actually means. All these demands indicate only one thing: No to Indian Constitution and no to Indian laws.
All this despite the fact that Kashmir has been at the helm of affairs since 1947; all accords and agreements were signed between Kashmiri leadership and New Delhi over the heads of Jammu and Ladakh: Article 370, Article 35-A; the 1952 so-called Delhi Agreement, the 1975 Indira-Sheikh Abdullah Accord; the 1986 Rajiv-Farooq Accord, the 2002 Sonia Gndhi-Mufti Sayeed power-sharing formula and the March 2015 Narendra Modi-Mufti Sayeed power-sharing formula. Leave aside PV Narasimha Rao's Burkina Faso's "Sky is the limit" assurance. Jammu and Ladakh and the people they house never figured in the talks between New Delhi and Kashmiri leadership. The 2014 general elections gave a massive mandate to Narendra Modi of the BJP. He got 282 seats and ended the age-old coalition era.
He included in his ministry an MP from Jammu. Not just this, he brought him to his Prime Minister's Office.
It was hoped that "strong" Prime Minister Narendra Modi would discard the 66-year-old failed Kashmir policy as well as the politics of competitive secessionism and communalism and write a new policy based on the fact that Jammu and Ladakh never ever got their due share in the polity and economy and that Kashmir, which enjoyed unbridled legislative and executive powers for 66 long years, never ever tried to enter the national mainstream.
But he preferred the old policy. In other words, instead of "starting with a clean slate" and "writing a new policy in which emphasis should be on developing Jammu and Ladakh", he followed in the footsteps of his predecessors. The result is that Jammu and Ladakh continue to pay for the follies both of Kashmiri leadership and New Delhi.
The most uninspiring part of the whole situation is the utter failure of the J&K BJP, which won all the three Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Ladakh, 25 out of 37 Assembly seats in Jammu and captured the Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council. It has almost raised its hands and given the whole mandate to the PDP whose pro-Kashmir credentials are too well-known and which have further widened the already rather wide gulf between Jammu province and Kashmir and between Kashmir and Ladakh.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center