Connect with us

South Asia

Modi Government Planning A ‘Master-Stroke’ To End Kashmir’s Hegemony Over Jammu

Published

on

After repelling the controversial Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the Modi government is now reportedly planning to further diminish Kashmir’s hegemony over the Jammu region by carving out a new administrative division.

How Apple Trade Took A Hit In The Kashmir Valley After The Revocation Of Article 370?

According to the media reports in thePrint, the consultations to create a new division comprising at least three districts from Jammu division and three from Kashmir — all part of or surrounding the Pir-Panjal region — are at a very advanced stage and a formal statement could come out latest by early next year.

“A decision has already been taken and only modalities are being worked out. It will provide fresh impetus to developmental activities in the hitherto neglected parts of Jammu division such as the Chenab Valley,” said a senior J&K government functionary.

“But, more importantly, it will further reduce Kashmir’s authority over the other regions, especially Jammu, since the new division will also alter the demography of Kashmir.”

ThePrint quoting sources also said that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is already on-board with the project, while the ruling BJP sees the move as a vital step to end Kashmir’s hold over Jammu. The issue was also discussed at a high-level meeting between officers of J&K and senior functionaries of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Pakistan Mobilizes FM Qureshi To Sri-Lanka After President Gotabaya’s Successful India Visit

“Kashmiris were ruling the state only due to the fact that they had more seats in the Assembly and had more power than Jammu region. But, it was BJP’s commitment to end the discrimination of the other regions,” said a senior J&K BJP leader”.

In the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir region had a major share of 44 seats in the 87-member Assembly followed by Jammu with 37 seats and Ladakh with only 4 seats.

According to the J-K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, passed in Parliament in August, the number of seats in the J&K Assembly — Jammu and Kashmir is now a Union Territory with a legislature of its own — will also go up by seven seats. The Centre has also planned to hold a fresh delimitation exercise in the state, which could further change the composition of the Assembly.

According to the initial plan, the new division could comprise Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts from the Jammu region while Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam districts from Kashmir region could also be included in the new division.

Situation Under Control In Kashmir, Curbs Will Be Lifted At Right Time: Amit Shah

Sources told ThePrint that while the most likely reason behind the move is to provide better administration in the hill areas, the real cause is mostly political, one that could bring rich returns in the shape of votes for the BJP.

There has been popular demand from residents of the areas that fall in the Chenab Valley for a separate administrative and revenue division. In February, the state administration under the then Governor Satya Pal Malik had decided to create a new division of Ladakh comprising the Kargil-Ladakh areas.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

DRDO-INDIA DRDO-INDIA
Featured2 mins ago

India Tests Powerful Short Range Prithvi-II Missile Amid Soaring Tensions With China, Pakistan

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India has successfully test-fired the indigenous Prithvi – II missile, the third...

jet jet
Europe12 mins ago

India’s 6th Gen-Fighter Jet: Will India & The UK Ink A Pact To Co-Develop ‘Tempest’ Sixth-Gen Aircraft

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)...

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Featured5 hours ago

36 More Rafales: France Wants India To Order More Rafale Jets For DRDO To Acquire Aero-Engine Tech?

As Indian netizens have widely celebrated the arrival of 4.5 generation Rafale jets and the Indian media threatening Pakistan and...

dalai-lama dalai-lama
Americas6 hours ago

After Xinjiang, China Pushing Tibetans Into Forced Labour, Re-Education Camps

China is allegedly pushing Tibetans into military-style labour camps similar to the ones in Xinjiang, according to a Reuters report....

Saudi-Israel Saudi-Israel
Featured15 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Fully Supports US’ Efforts To Get Israel, Palestine On Negotiating Table – King Salman

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia supports Washington’s efforts to bring the Palestinian and Israeli sides...

US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN
Americas15 hours ago

Pentagon Blew COVID-19 Funds To Buy Military Equipment; ArcelorMittal, Rolls-Royce Awarded Big Contacts

Pentagon blew up $1 billion appropriated for the pandemic by the Congress to finance military equipment including jet engine parts,...

AFGHAN-HOSPITAL-ATTACKS AFGHAN-HOSPITAL-ATTACKS
Featured19 hours ago

Afghan Top Negotiator Abdullah Abdullah To Visit Pakistan To Discuss Afghan Peace Process

The top Afghan peace negotiator – Abdullah Abdullah is in talks with the Taliban and could travel to Pakistan next...

s400-russia s400-russia
Featured19 hours ago

British & NATO Jets Jamming The Radars Of Powerful S-400 Systems – Russian Experts

The stealth-hunting S-400 surface-to-air-missiles are the most advanced long and medium-range surface-to-air missile systems currently being operated by Russia, China,...

CHINA-ARMY CHINA-ARMY
Featured21 hours ago

US Intelligence Report Confirms That India Punctured Chinese ‘Hyper-Power’ Myth At Doklam

Indian and Chinese PLA soldiers came face to face in Doklam in 2017, the standoff lasted about two months and...

BrahMos-SU-30MKI BrahMos-SU-30MKI
Featured1 day ago

Su-30 Fighter Jet Crashes During A Training Mission; Pilot Ejects Safely

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet has crashed in Russia’s Tver Region during a planned training flight with pilots managing to...

Advertisement