05 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: So much was happening in Kashmir over the last week. Massive mobilisation of troops, cancellation of Amarnath Yatra and most importantly, tours by Army, R&AW and IB chiefs and the National Security Advisor. What was it all for, a possible act against militants or to counter the malafide intentions of our neighbours? People across India could only speculate.
And finally the answers came on Monday when Home Minister announced abrogation Article 370 and 35 (A). The decision is contentious yet landmark for a piece of land which continues to be the bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
Now what do people have to say? Do they think that this step which makes J&K and Ladakh two separate Union Territories with the latter without an Assembly, going to solve the Kashmir issue? OMMCOM NEWS team met the public in Bhubaneswar and sought their opinion on this historic decision made by the Centre.
India is one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, so there is no room for two Nishan (flag), two Pradhan (Government) and two Vidhan (constitution), in our republic, said a senior citizen, reiterating the words of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Article 370 was a privilege to Kashmir which was not legitimate. It also led to rise in terrorism, he said.
“Only time will tell the repercussions of this decision. It is not about a victory or defeating anyone. The time is ripe to consolidate and build on what we have lost in these many years of extremism in the valley,” a lawyer said.
Article 370 was a temporary provision and become obsolete subsequently. I believe that this will solve the long-standing dispute of Kashmir and bring peace to the land, a local resident said.