My last blog post was about Modi and this one too. I had mentioned in that blog post that he continues to surprise like always and he has proven that statement right once again. Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a bill in the Rajya Sabha to bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. He announced that the UT in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.
Change is possible if there is a will to change. All governments of the past stated that Jammu & Kashmir was, is and will remain the integral part of India. However, it is only Modi who made that possible in a practical way by making Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory of India. Jammu & Kashmir is now truly an integral part of India.
I do not understand why Congress is opposing this move. My question is that if this was so easy, why did it take so many years to get done? I am sure that Modi government has legally scrutinized the move and only then proceeded with this decision.
Following are some of the implications of the decision:
1. All laws that applies to India will now apply to Jammu and Kashmir. You will not see a statement like this in any of the act going forward:
“This Act is applicable to the whole of India except Jammu & Kashmir”
2. No one can now burn the Indian National flag and go scot free just because he is from Jammu and Kashmir.
3. Any Indian can now settle in Jammu and Kashmir and buy or own land in Kashmir.
Just look at point no.2 above. If Kashmir was the integral part of India, then how come Indian flag could be disrespected or burnt without any legal implication.
I welcome this decision of Modi government whole-heartedly. To take such decisions, we need a brave, bold and powerful leader. Modi has proved once again that he is one such leader.