On Monday, the government of India scripted history by revoking Article 370, allowing Jammu and Kashmir to fully integrate in the Indian union, and proposed the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.
Both will now come up in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The government's effort to tackle head-on the vexatious 72-year-old problem wracking the soul of the nation sent a wave of jubilation among BJP supporters and others, but provoked outrage from the NC and the PDP, the principal political parties in Jammu and Kashmir.
The chiefs of the two parties, NC's Omar Abdullah and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, as well as People's Conference's leader Sajjad Lone, were arrested in Srinagar on Monday evening, officials said.
The injustice of over 70 years has been reversed and today justice has been done and in the hearts of every Indian, there is an overwhelming, unbelievable sense of pride at the integration of Jammu and Kashmir. Only 1 lobby is predictably unhappy. This is the lobby that made thousands of crores using 370 to sell loans of the Jammu and Kashmir bank. This is the lobby that ensured that 3 families got custody of 100s of thousands of crores of our money. This is the lobby that denied education to the children of Kashmir, health facilities to the sick and elderly of Kashmir, and jobs to the youth of Kashmir, while their own partied in global capitals. And this is the lobby, which told us the greatest lie that 370 was a permanent promise made to the people of Kashmir. The truth is, we made no such promise. The truth is, that 370 was set up to cheat and steal from the people of Kashmir and today all that stealing, all that cheating, and all that lying, that perverse lying has been brought to an end.
(With PTI inputs)