Decoded | Modi and Kashmir: The story so far

Jammu and Kashmir is postcard good. In politics, nonetheless, Jammu and Kashmir is a thorny concern. The concern of Jammu and Kashmir or the Kashmir concern because it generally referred to is kind of a consequence of the British design of the partition of India in 1947.

It was complicated by Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir two months after the partition that led to merger of Jammu and Kashmir (that additionally included the Union Territory of Ladakh) with the Union of India, and the primary India-Pakistan battle.

The battle ended with a ceasefire line separating the 2 armies. This line turned the Line of Control (LoC) that placed a huge part of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under Pakistan’s occupation.

However, LoC has not remained a constant through over seven decades. During Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, China took benefit of the scenario and captured Aksai Chin.

Successive governments have tried to take care of establishment since then reiterating India’s declare on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan. In Nineteen Nineties, Parliament passed a resolution affirming India’s commitment to take back occupied territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

This establishment coverage modified beneath the Narendra Modi authorities.


August 2014

Two-and-a-half months into energy, the Modi authorities shocked Pakistan by calling off diplomatic talks after its excessive commissioner met Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi forward of official talks. It was a pointy departure from earlier strategy. The Modi authorities accused Pakistan of interfering with inside affairs of India.

The J&Okay authorities: 2015-2016

Election held in 2014 yielded a hung meeting.

  • Ideological rivals, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined fingers to kind authorities.
  • Mufti Muhammad Sayeed turned the chief minister. He died in January 2016.
  • His daughter Mehbooba Mufti turned chief minister in April 2016.

July 2016

Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s prime commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the safety forces. Protests erupted throughout the Kashmir Valley resulting in violent clashes with safety forces, and imposition of curfew. Several individuals died. Curfew was lifted after over 50 days.

September 2016

This marked one other main departure from establishment coverage.

  • Terrorists attacked the Uri military base,18 troopers died.
  • India carried out surgical strikes throughout the LoC in response.
  • The authorities went public with the punitive motion — a primary in official report.

Fall of Mehbooba authorities

In June 2018, the BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti authorities.

  • Mehbooba was accused of going lenient on trouble-makers in Kashmir.
  • Mehbooba Mufti charged, in flip, the Modi authorities of adopting a ‘muscular policy’ in Kashmir as towards standing quoist ‘conciliatory policy’ adopted by earlier governments.

Clampdown on separatists—2016-2019

The Modi authorities made a delicate change in coverage in the direction of the separatist leaders in Kashmir. They overtly propagated anti-India views however they loved perks and privileges from the federal government. This was questioned. By 2019, their safety cowl and monetary help have been progressively withdrawn. Their hyperlinks to terror funding was investigated.

February 2019: Pulwama assault and Balakot strike

On February 14, a convoy of safety forces was focused at Pulwama in Kashmir killing 40 troopers. The Modi authorities responded — in a reminder of the surgical strike of 2016 — with an air strike hitting a terror camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

August 2019: The Kashmir choice

  • The Modi authorities via an govt choice made Article 370 inoperative. Article 370 had a historical past and accorded particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir state. The decision stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.
  • The Modi authorities introduced Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, which cut up Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Both items have been made Union Territories. It was the primary event when a state in India was become a Union Territory.
  • Jammu and Kashmir was to have an meeting.
  • The variety of meeting constituencies was elevated from 107 to 114 together with 24 earmarked for PoK.
  • Most mainstream leaders together with former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti have been put beneath home arrest. Separatist leaders have been arrested.

DDC polls: 2020

The authorities created a brand new elected physique referred to as the District Development Council for every of the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the primary election since Jammu and Kashmir was stripped off the particular standing.


The enhance in meeting seats in 2019 required delimitation of constituencies. It is a strategy of reorganising territorial boundaries of current constituencies for election to varied our bodies.

A delimitation fee beneath Justice (retired) Ranjana Desai was introduced in early 2020. The course of is underway and the fee was given an extension of 1 yr in March this yr.

What is occurring now?

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as a gathering of Jammu and Kashmir leaders in New Delhi to strengthen political course of within the Union Territory.
  • These are principally the leaders who fashioned People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which requires restoration of pre-August 2019 standing of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Modi authorities has stated it goals to carry meeting election in Jammu and Kashmir as quickly as scenario turns into beneficial. PM Modi’s dialogue with Kashmiri leaders might be a take-off level.

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