Divided by regional parochialism, politically all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are alien to each other thus affecting the much sought after regional aspirations. Voices raised by people in whatever and whichever fora they got a chance that stood futile. But reorganisation of tri regions, though initially there were few takers even politically, has given new identities but virtually has not been able to weave because of varying culture, ethnicity and languages. Lack of cohesive political agenda could be the reason that public anger in the form of protests has failed to bring in the expected results. What surprises one is that Dabar is in Jammu and the traditional and season protests by various outfits have not been seen till date. Although, the country has withstood the worst period of terrorism in Kashmir, but, given the fraught situation that currently exists, an urgent political intervention was needed. There have been imperative: change in Pakistan’s strategy since China’s launch of the $62 billion CPEC project in April 2015, aimed at bolstering Pakistani economic growth; attempts made to indigenize the Kashmiri movement since 2016; shift of battle-hardened IS, Al-Qaida Jihadis from Syria to Afghanistan to destabilise Kashmir, Xinjiang and parts of Southern Russia. The American peace deal with the Taliban was to be seen in the context. The US and Pakistan have rebooted its strategy by making new adjustment while keeping their eyes on India and China in their minds. The government’s move on J&K has received overwhelming response from normal public across the nation. They see it as a bold step which signals that India is ready to take tough decisions to protect its territorial integrity and curb anti national activities. The nation viewed Kashmir issue as a problem that needed to be solved once for all and integration with the Indian Union was a necessary step in that direction. So, the euphoria is justified and perhaps rightly too. But with change in nomenclature geographically can any political machinations one find space for regional aspirations?
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