The early restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir will depend on how soon normalcy returns to the Valley that has cast itself in contrasting images since the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5. Normalisation is the key to the restoration of the statehood and as early as it returns to the Vale, it will enable the government to fulfill its promise in this regard.
“Confrontation will yield nothing,” a highly placed source told The Tribune on Tuesday. On August 5, the Centre had done away with the special status of the state under Article 370 as also announced that it would cease to be a state. Later, it was made clear in the J&K Re-organisation Act that the state would be bifurcated into two union territories – one each for Ladakh and the other for the rest of the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir. Two UTs will take birth on October 31.
While there was resentment over the end of the special status in some sections, mostly in the Valley, there was widespread anger in the existing state of Jammu and Kashmir, barring Buddhist population of the cold desert region of Ladakh who had been asking for the UT status for their region for the past over 30 years.
“The government is aware of the sense of hurt of the population in the Valley and the Jammu region over the state becoming UT. The key lies with the people in the Valley who will have to demonstrate their love for normal life by opening business establishments from morning to evening, sending their children to schools and assuming other normal activities,” the source acquainted with the thinking of the Centre, observed.
On its part, the state government, it was claimed, had made all attempts to restore normal situation in the Valley where shops open in the morning and evening hours and the schools are open but the students are not going there.
The government also sees lifting the travel advisory for tourists urging them to visit the Valley from October 10 as a “big confidence-building measure”. This shows, the source said, that the government was opening up, but agreed that the opening of mobile phones and lifting of communication clampdown was also important. “We will move step by step and watch the response,” the source said. The difficulties arise when confrontation is seen as the way out. “That, it is not,” the source said. “The schools should have full attendance. If children can go for tuitions, why not to schools? They are hurting the future of their children. The reality is that working under the influence of Pakistan or its constituency is not going to help the matters at all,” the source said. Sourced from: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/early-restoration-of-statehood-is-in-the-hands-of-kashmiris/844602.html