A week after Article 370 pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated in the Parliament, peace prevails in the J&K with normalcy being witnessed on Eid across the state. Amid Pakistan's heinous attempts to push fake news on social media in order to incite violence, the Indian Armed Force have managed to keep the state in calm and tranquil, as it looks to celebrate the country's 72nd Independence Day.
Republic TV has been extensively covering the state of Kashmir and has reported on the on-ground scenario from a variety of locations. This time, Republic has ventured to what used to be a frequent site for unrest, Kupwara. Even there, matters were tranquil with the residents expressing happiness over the government's decision to scrap Article 370.
"There have been no incidents of violence here. The soldiers of the Indian Army have been very helpful and have been providing us with basic necessities. The communication being cut out is however slightly unfair but apart from that it has been quite peaceful in the entire district", a local from Kupwara said.
When Republic TV asked a local about the local politicians not being sighted recently as they were under preventive custody, the resident said," The government should have made the arrests earlier so that the funds that were directed for the people of Jammu and Kashmir would have reached us. With them out of the way, everything is normal in the state.''
Leaders such as Mehabooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other leaders of the state have been under preventive custody amid the restrictions that have been implemented across the state to prevent any untoward incidents.
The views of the citizens of Kupwara, which has frequently witnessed stone-pelting in recent years but is now peaceful, is something those attempting to drum up trouble in Kashmir need to hear - whether they be from outside the country - amid Pakistan's attempts to peddle fake news propaganda to internationalise the Kashmir issue - as well as internal elements who have questioned the forces based on the Pakistani propaganda.