It has been 38 days since the article 370 of the constitution was abrogated by the BJP-led Central government and now people in Kashmir are keeping an eye out on the developments and decisions that come from New Delhi. Locals in J&K now want to see New Delhi fulfilling the promises made to the people, more particularly, the promise of the 50,000 jobs, announced by its Governor, Satya Pal Malik. Now that normalcy has returned in the valley, the people of J&K are hoping for a new dawn as promised by the BJP government.
Taking a look at the accounts of people of the Ganderbal region in the valley, one understands how normal the situation has been in J&K, since the last 10-12 days at the very least.
One of the youths eager to share his experience of the 38 days since the BJP scrapped Article 370, was quoted saying, that it had really been beneficial to the people there. Referring to the previous governments there, he explained that the Mehbooba Mufti and others in her party were involved in corruption on many levels. He further added that with the BJP and the Centre directly monitoring the situation, Kashmir's scope for development has increased. He was quoted saying,
'We will get work. We will work in the tourism sector and tourism will flourish. With all the advantages, we are very happy. It's true our mobile phone and internet is currently not operational. But next month they will be functional. Just like on the road, there were no cars around for 15-20 days but now people are coming out. '
Another resident of Ganderbal said, "In the past 38 days, the first 4-5 days were strict. Curfew was applicable, shops were closed. But since then, things started becoming normal. After 20 days everything became alright. The cars are running, the shops are open, businesses are flourishing and schools are open, everything is running smoothly. Whatever they are saying on the outside is irrelevant as nothing of the sort is going on in Kashmir. Everything is going smoothly."
Another individual of the community said, "38 days have gone by. Earlier, things were deplorable in the valley but now everything is returning back to normal since the past 10-12 days. The businesses are back to normal, the apple and walnut season is going quite smoothly. The fear is no longer there. Earlier we were scared but now it is all over. There haven't even been any instances of stone-pelting, everything is back to normal."
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi recently claimed that in Kashmir everything was shut, people were not allowed to move out, hospitals flooded with injured people, and people were losing their lives. These ground reports right from the mouth of the individuals affected, show that all those claims are nothing but fabrications. The population of Kashmir is saying that everything here is 'back to normal'.