Some decisions, sometimes seemingly negative, but the subsequent results prove whether the decision was correct. Do not rely on ideas for this. The result of the decision is the proof. 4 years ago today, on August 5, 2019, when the Indian government abrogated Kashmir’s special status 370 in the constitution, the country had to face criticism at home and abroad. But the positive changes that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 4 years are amazing, unimaginable and worth seeing. It will become clear if you look at the statistics, not at any opinion or path. It should be noted that in a secular country the people of Muslim majority provinces can feel free to live safely and comfortably as themselves in a Hindu majority country. For that purpose, Article 370 was introduced in the Constitution in 1949. But it was not successful. According to this article Kashmir was given special privilege to frame its own constitution. Apart from this, another benefit is given to Jammu and Kashmir in Article 35/A. This section empowers state legislatures to make laws regarding permanent residence in Kashmir.
Unfortunately, whoever has ruled Kashmir, especially since the 80’s with the help of Pakistan, has supported the killings and creation of terrorism in Kashmir. As a result, Kashmir became like a fire pit. These terrorists have killed thousands of innocent people, severely jeopardized Kashmir’s economy, Which was ongoing till 2019. The Government of India has had to watch them helplessly most of the time. But since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, a radical change has been achieved in Kashmir overnight. For example, from 2016 to August 2019, 124 people were killed in clashes with the police. But in the last 4 years, there has not been a single major clash with the law enforcement agencies in Kashmir. Since 2019, terrorist attacks have decreased dramatically due to strict vigilance by security forces. Attempted terrorist attacks are continuously decreasing. So far in 2023, 35 militants have been killed in encounters with security forces. But last year this number was 186 people. Of these, 56 were from outside, that is, most of them were members of various Pakistani militant groups. Several attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir have also been repulsed. That is, most of them are members of various Pakistani militant groups. Several attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir have also been repulsed. That is, most of them are members of various Pakistani militant groups. Several attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir have also been repulsed.
As this security is assured, organizing various events in Kashmir has become possible. On August 3, the South Asia Center for Peace and People’s Empowerment organized a grand function at Shopian Government Degree College in Shopian district, where students, teachers, academics, journalists and people from various walks of life were present. Binoyag is a great testimony of Kashmir’s progress. During this long period from 1947 to 2019, the amount of investment in Kashmir was only 14 thousand rupees. In the last four years, an investment of Rs 82,000 crore has been proposed in new industrial development schemes. Last year, 1 crore 88 lakh tourists were successful in Kashmir. The authorities believe that the number will increase this year. Never since India’s independence have so many tourists entered Kashmir. A fear that used to act on travel to Kashmir. It is now completely gone. According to the information of the Association of Tour Operators of Kashmir, the number of Bangladeshi tourists has increased 5 times in the last four years. The people of those villages have never seen Bidut’s lights, in those areas tourists can be seen roaming under the lights even at night. The economic power of the people of Kashmir is increasing by leaps and bounds. Although this is a surprising fact, 7 to 8 thousand Kashmiri students are studying in Bangladesh.
Kashmir is called heaven. But this paradise was turned into hell by terrorists. Pakistan-backed illegal timber loggers cut down millions of trees and made Kashmir’s nature hostile. But Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha has taken up the ‘Green Jammu Kashmir Drive-2021’ project to plant trees in the Union Territory. Under this scheme, 15 crore saplings are planned to be planted in 2022-23.
Highway, railway network is being developed in terms of infrastructure development. 22 billion dollars have been earmarked for the financial year 2022-23, especially for infrastructure in Kashmir. Another example of the radical change in the economic status of the people of Kashmir is that Kashmir is now the third largest state in India in terms of private cars. In the Prime Minister’s Development Package, 53 projects have been undertaken under 15 ministries at a cost of Rs 58,477 crore. Apart from this, extensive initiatives have been taken in women development, self-employment. Kashmir is well known as the region of Sufis. But the place of those Sufi saints was taken over by terrorism and fundamentalist circles. But the Government of India has taken the initiative to redevelop 75 Sufi and religious places.
If we look closely today, we can see the difference between Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir. India’s Jammu and Kashmir has a population of around one and a half crore and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has a population of 5.2 million. India has 35 colleges and universities in Jammu and Kashmir, while Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has only 6. Also, it is known from various educational records that the standard of education in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is very low compared to Jammu and Kashmir.
Peace is the last thing, the last wish of the people of the world. That peace is economic as well as social and political. It can be observed worldwide that economic freedom is one of the carriers of bringing peace among people.
Those who have tried to destroy peace in Kashmir by using religion, by misinterpreting religion, are the ones who have made and are still making the most noise about the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. The G20 tourist conference was held in Kashmir last May. Various initiatives taken by the government have been very positively received by the media outside the world. I went to Kashmir last May. A close neighbor of mine also visited Kashmir recently. He came back and said, ‘Earlier, the name of Kashmir used to make people startled. But I saw that Kashmir is calm and safe compared to many other places in the subcontinent.
There is a look of tranquility in people! ‘I felt the same when I went there. It seems that the Indian government is determined to develop Kashmir wholeheartedly to prove to the world that they are looking at the development of the people of Kashmir and peaceful living in India from an equal point of view. They want to win the hearts of the people of Kashmir and prove that they are committed to eliminating terrorism and establishing the welfare of the people by scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. If the Indian government succeeds in Kashmir, it will undoubtedly contribute to the peace of the entire subcontinent.