Thanks to the state machinery functioning smoothly, backed up by steadfast support from the Centre, voter turnout was 51% with no allegations of rigging or fraud.
J&K’s first ever Lt. Governor has painted an optimistic picture for a union territory which is embracing the benefits of the centre’s unlimited patronage.
From ushering in an era of investment, development and employment, to improving education and health sectors and empowering local youth, the past year, since the end of Article 370 and Article 35A, has been a journey of transformation in Jammu and Kashmir, emerging from the shadows of an anachronistic provision.
The defanging of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has facilitated the applicability of many progressive laws to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and this is contributing significantly to the socio-economic uplift of the people in the region.
Nearly one year since the Indian government scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is evident that there has been a strategic paradigm shift in India’s policymaking.
The two Union Territories, freed from the draconian provisions of Article 370 by the Modi government last year, are now ready to showcase their potential in diverse sectors such as hydropower, solar power, food processing, handicrafts and tourism.
The Boris Johnson government could open up pathways to de-hyphenate the UK’s relations with India and Pakistan and take a step towards a stronger strategic India-UK partnership. Highlights: The Pakistan/Kashmir issue remains an obstacle in furthering the India-UK bilateral relationship. In view of the unique opportunities in India’s relations with the UK post Brexit, it would be short-sighted for New Delhi to perceive the UK’s relations with Pakistan on an emotional basis or as a ‘zero-sum’ game for India. Boris [...]
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