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Unprecedented Courage

In a most daring move Union Minister Home Affairs, Amit Shah has exhibited an unprecedented political courage.


Though his party (BJP) does not have required number in the Upper House of the Parliament, Mr.Shah chose Rajya Sabha to announce the NDA Government’s decision on Kashmir region, nagging problem of India.

Rajya Sabha on Monday approved a resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories.

Though people had earlier raised question on Mr.Modi’s claim of surgical strike inside Pakistan, this time, people across the nation including in southern states and in Ladakh came out openly in praise of Amit Shah.

When many seasoned politicians fear to touch the sensitive Kashmir issue, Mr.Shah said: "nothing will happen" and it won't be allowed to turn into another battle torn Kosovo.

"It (Kashmir) was a heaven on earth and will remain so," Mr.Shah said replying to the debate on the resolution and the bill which were taken up together.

He said full statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at "appropriate time" and after "normalcy" returns.

The Bill provides for bifurcation of the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Justifying the government’s action, Mr.Shah said: "Article 370 is biggest hurdle to normalcy in Kashmir.," He said the NDA government was committed to making Jammu and Kashmir the most developed state in the country.

Terrorism, he said, cannot be eliminated from the state until Article 370 and 35A are in existence.

The two articles of the Constitution, which give Jammu and Kashmir a special status and does not allow all laws of India to be applicable to the state, have hindered development and breeder of corruption, he said.

Mr.Shah said rule of three families in the state during their 70 years since independence did not allow democracy to percolate and it germinated corruption.

Article 370 ruined Jammu and Kashmir and is responsible for poverty in the state, he said.

This despite, Rs 14,255 per capita being allocated to J&K as against Rs 3,681 per capita national average, he said.

Insisting development was being stalled in the state because of Article 370, he said real estate prices haven't moved in sync with national average while a bag of cement costs Rs 100 more in the state than anywhere else in the nation.

Tourism did not develop in the state because of restrictions on purchase of land for outsiders, he said adding no industry can be set up in J&K because of Article 370.

Healthcare is crippling in Jammu and Kashmir as no private hospital could be set up due to restrictions placed by Article 370 and 35A, he said. Similar is the situation for education.

Right to Education, which guarantees children below a certain age, cannot be implemented in Kashmir, he said. "Why should valley children not get benefit of education," he asked.

After abrogation of Article 370, J&K will truly become integral part of India, Mr.Shah said.
 


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