The US congressman applauds Modi for bold steps in Jammu and Kashmir
WASHINGTON: An influential US congressman applauded the Prime Minister on Thursday Narendra Modi for taking bold steps in repealing an outdated and temporary provision of the Constitution.
On Thursday, through a government notification, two territories of the Union of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh emerged, in line with the August 5 announcement about the withdrawal of the special state from the low state and fork it into two UT.
The steps that Prime Minister Modi and Parliament have taken are necessary, are good for the long-term stability of the region and should be applauded, the congressman in the House said Thursday.
The Republican legislator said that the Parliament of India passed legislation that changes the state of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and modified the provisions that were an obstacle to economic development and promoted a sense of separatism.
Until recently, Kashmir had been governed by Article 370, which was an outdated provision that the Indian constitution recognized as temporary. Article 370 could have worked well for those with political connections, but denied economic opportunities for people. he said.
The temporary provision of the Indian constitution, he said, also created a polarizing environment that was politically exploited and during the last decades, thousands of people lost their lives due to terrorist attacks.
Several groups based in Pakistan were able to carry out the cross-border terrorism that wreaked havoc on individuals and families, and led to a morbid economy, he said.
Therefore, the Modi government had to make a decision on whether to continue with the previous policy or move forward by changing the legal status of the region, Holding said.
Madam President, the people of Jammu and Kashmir deserve better and Prime Minister Modi was right to take bold steps to address this situation. The changes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir approved by Parliament by a two-thirds majority, highlighting the consensus on the need for this reform, he said.
Even with these changes, those who seek to cause disruptions have continued to promote violence, he said.
Pakistan-based terrorist groups have recently published posters that warn ordinary citizens about venturing, going to work and visiting public places, Holding said.
The groups have continued to participate in cross-border terrorism and have attacked civilians and children. These militant groups have also attacked migrant workers and those who are involved in the apple business, which is Kashmir's main crop, said the Republican congressman. .
For Jammu and Kashmir to flourish, there must be peace and stability. People and families should feel safe when they leave their homes to go to work, he added.
Since the Center's decision on Article 370, terrorists have been attacking truck drivers and workers, mainly those who have come to the Valley from outside Kashmir.
Five terrorists shot dead five migrant workers from West Bengal in the Kulgam district of southern Kashmir on Tuesday. While four truckers were also killed by terrorists in the last three weeks.