Political, economic and cultural news from the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Mainstream Parties Cause of Electoral Disenchantment
In Kashmir Valley, the young do not vote. On election day, they remain at home or congregate at street corners to prevent others from voting. Towns and villages wear a deserted look with the soldiers guarding polling stations and a few brave voters trickling through. This indicates a total distrust of the electoral process and democracy as it is practised in the Kashmir Valley.Full article...
"In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words...
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?'"
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
In Pakistan-Held Kashmir, Growing Calls For Independence
Date: 20 September 2019
In Pakistan-controlled Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the simple fact of the region's name - with azad meaning free - is a declaration that Kashmiris here enjoy a liberty denied to their kin across the border, in the Indian-held portion of the disputed territory. But even in Pakistan-held Kashmir, the message has been clear, residents say: No talk of independence will be allowed. As an Indian crackdown on the other side of Kashmir has led to massive civil unrest and new calls for a Kashmir free from either India or Pakistan, local activists and officials say a parallel security operation is being pushed inside Pakistan.
[courtesy: New York Times]
2019 News Archives
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, passed by both houses of the Indian Parliament of India on 5 August 2019, contains provisions to reconstitute the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, one to be called Jammu and Kashmir, and the other Ladakh. The act will come into effect on 31 October 2019. It received the President's assent on 9 August 2019. The introduction of the bill was preceded by a presidential order under Article 370 of the Indian constitution that revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and mandating, inter alia, that all the provisions of the Indian Constitution would be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. This enabled the parliament to enact the legislation.
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