Finally, Jammu and Kashmir has overtaken the nightmarish era of subjugation and deprivation of a particular segment of population, especially in Jammu and Ladakh. The landmark decision of the BJP led NDA government has paved way for satiating political, developmental and psychological aspirations of the people, who suffered abject and neglect during over seven decades.
Welcoming repealing of Articles 370 and 35A by the Union Government in J&K, Rahul Bhatia, an Accountant by profession thanked Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah for fulfilling aspirations of Jammu people, who always faced discrimination by successive Governments in every sector. “Be it education, medicare, employment, tourism or basic development, Jammu faced huge discrimination since independence in every sector. The lion’s share of every development scheme or project was diverted to the Valley and Jammu received only a meager part, just for namesake. With abrogation of Article 370 and splitting of J&K into two Union Territories, I hope that the decades-old discrimination with Jammu will end and the region will also develop at par with other States of the country,” he asserted. He further said that due to Article 370, the residents of J&K were deprived of various rights available for them as citizens of India, but with removal of the controversial article, people can enjoy all rights like other citizens. Earlier, various communities in State were forced to lead a miserable life due to lack of citizenship rights in J&K due to Article 370, but its abrogation would transform their lives to a great extent, he maintained.
Rajesh Gupta, a shopkeeper appreciated efforts of PM Modi and Amit Shah for their bold and courageous decision, which gave freedom to people of Jammu from Kashmir-centric policies of Kashmiri politicians. “It is a historic moment for Jammu and Kashmir. Entire population of the State is thankful to Modi for fulfilling their long pending demand,” Gupta added. “Modi and Shah have created a history which will be remembered for times to come. Such step will provide a bright future to students of Jammu as well as Kashmir,” he added. Gupta asserted that the Central Government should initiate necessary steps for preservation of Dogra culture, so that coming generations can remain in touch with years-old culture and traditions.
Ajay Vaid, BJP leader said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are celebrating abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. He said that entire country has witnessed huge development since independence but people in J&K were deprived of the same due to the controversial article. He said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of their due-share in various spheres while Kashmiri politicians looted the wealth unabatedly. “Now after repealing of Article 370, the people of Jammu are hopeful of a new-era, as huge development will take place in J&K”, said Vaid, adding that unemployed youth of Jammu will also get employment avenues after re-organisation of the erstwhile state. He urged the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to take adequate measures to resolve unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir. He further hoped that statehood would be restored to Jammu and Kashmir soon after normalcy is restored in J&K.
Gaurav Dubey, a youth leader said that scrapping of Article 370 was a big slap on Kashmiri politicians, who had misguided Kashmiris for their personal motives. “Now funds coming from the Centre would be equally distributed between Jammu and Kashmir regions. Now people of Ladakh would also get their due share, which they deserve”, said Dubey, urging people of Jammu and Kashmir to support BJP led Government at the Centre. He further mentioned that all married women of Jammu and Kashmir would also get their due share, which they were denied earlier. JK being a union territory has a bright future and will prosper now onwards, he hoped.
Parmodh Ghai said that the dynasty rule in Jammu and Kashmir and its special status in the constitution remained a big hurdle in development of the State, particularly Displaced Persons of 1947 from Pakistan occupied Kashmir suffered hugely for the past 72 years. “The successive governments did not project their sufferings to the Central Government for relief and compensation and three generations struggled for the same. The compensation in all cases had to be released by the Centre on basis of projection and recommendation of State Government, which it failed. It was Modi Government which unilaterally sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore as a token of relief to these DPs in 2016, and asked the State to provide complete details for further necessary action. In case of Refugees from West Pakistan, the dynasty Governments flatly refused their claims, but with abrogation of these controversial articles, the West Pakistan Refugees and DPs of 1947 are now hoping for redressal of their grievances by the Union Government,” he said.
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