Prime Minister Modi ‘reaches out’ to Kashmir after Article 370 revocation
He wished the people of Kashmir in advance of Eid, which falls on Monday, and assured them that the government would make the necessary arrangements to help them celebrate the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation broadcast on Thursday evening, sought to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and tell them why Article 370 had to be scrapped and the state bifurcated.
My address to the people of India. https://t.co/f0q8rEUSkH— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2019
While people listened to the speech with rapt attention, Kashmir remained cut off from the mainland with communications still down; they were suspended on Sunday night ahead of the move to repeal Article 370 on Monday.
Without dwelling in detail on bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir, Modi said Jammu and Kashmir would still elect its own chief minister, as it would have its own Assembly. Ladakh will be a Union Territory with no legislature.
Explaining the need for repealing Article 370, he said that laws being made for the rest of India could not be applied in the region due to Article 370; this was especially harmful for people belonging to the SC/ST category and women. Modi said the central government’s schemes will now be accessible to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Our priority is the socio-economic development of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. It is vital these beautiful regions become centres of growth and the skills of the local youngsters are utilised effectively. There are ample opportunities in sports, tourism and culture.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2019
For decades, Articles 370 and 35-A encouraged separatism, terrorism, corruption and nepotism. There was no benefit to the common citizens.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2019
But, with the blessings of the people, a positive change has taken place.
The Prime Minister urged the people of India to join in developing Jammu and Kashmir and freeing it from “the clutches of militancy and separatism.” He invoked the names of terror victims like Rajouri’s Rukshana, who was killed in a terrorist attack and Aurangzeb, who was murdered by terrorists in 2018, to make his point.
“The list of such daughters and sons is very long. Each of them wanted a peaceful Jammu and Kashmir. We have to fulfil their dreams,” he said.
He made particular mention of critics of the move. “I urge them to keep in mind the interests of the nation, and help the government give Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh a new direction.”
He wished the people of Kashmir in advance of Eid, which falls on Monday, and assured them that the government would make the necessary arrangements to help them celebrate the occasion. He said the government was also making special arrangements for Kashmiris from outside the state to return home to celebrate Eid.