A Socio-Economic outlook towards the revocation of Article 370 & 35A
India, as we know, is diverse in culture, tastes and habits, but as Indians, we share the same dreams. Before 1947, the dreams were for a free India. Today, the dreams are to develop our nation in a faster pace for a transparent government which is effective yet for a smaller footprint of it in our everyday lives. Contemporary India is very different from the India in which Mahatma Gandhi lived and worked.
The biggest impediment for Jammu & Kashmir - Article 370 and Article 35A has been removed now, it has indeed paved for the development of the two Union Territories. With the abrogation of Article 370, the dreams of Sardar Valllabhbhai Patel, B.R.Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mukherjee have been fulfilled. Today, a new era in Jammu & Kashmir has started.
While dealing with the benefits of scrapping Article 370 its pertinent we look into the recent speech given out by the Hon’ble President Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of the 73rd Independence day expressing his confidence that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will immensely benefit from the revocation of provisions of the said Article that gave special status with its division into two union territories. By this the people will have access and enjoy the same rights and privileges as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.
"I am confident this is only an indicator of what the coming five years have in store. I also urge that this culture percolates to all our legislative assemblies," he said addressing, about how a society, state, government and citizens must see and cooperate with each other.
Major advantages of scrapping Article 370
Earlier all the provisions of the Indian Constitution was only partially applicable to Jammu & Kashmir which after the scrapping, all the Indian laws would be 100% applicable with the same fundamental rights provided to Kashmiris as to any other Indian citizen. The tri-coloured flag will be the national flag for the entire country. Right to Education is very much applicable to the newly added Union Territories. Boosted Land investments. Article 35A stands nullified. The Central Government can directly announce schemes and laws which can be well applicable to Kashmir as its now well integrated with India and all its rules.
● Land Investments
Ever since Home Minister Amit Shah proclaimed the government's call, Indians are inquiring about property dealers and rates of property or land in Kashmir, never mind the actual fact that there's clearly an addition to the current explicit clause that needs attention. We have a tendency to take chances on many tweets wherever Indians were soliciting for recommendations and suggestions with regards to property in Kashmir whereas some were merely being petty or biting, some appeared real.
With the complicated earth science and unstabilized socio-political state of affairs, the residential and industrial market could take it slow to catch up the momentum. But, with unionised infrastructural developments in segments like tourism, diversion, and retail the higher the land segments, sooner will be the attraction on higher investment opportunities.
Such moves will also produce a positive impact on the decreasing property prices and costs prevailing for years in the state. A number of the prime localities haven't even seen a hike in the value from a decade. So, the removal of the restriction on property for commerce can be worth the land parcels and buildings in these prime localities.
Furthermore, except for the Government policies such as strict implementation of RERA, the domestic investors ought to build a powerful land network in boosting investors' confidence. The expansion model of alternative Tier-2 cities where the domestic investors attracted massive developers and corporations to feature their property market could be an excellent example. Following a similar model, even these 2 Union territories will in the future become associate investment hotspot for NRIs continually to speculate in scenic surroundings and profitable markets except for mid-level consumers.
This move also paves way for each non-public and industrial entities claim to facilitate the development of the region. The adverts say the previous constitutional clauses, meant development was “severely constrained” and as a result “no massive industries developed within the state”. Removal of restrictions can encourage business and personal investment, a poster says, adding: “This can spur growth and employment resulting in prosperity for all. Industry (sic) of the state can multiply job opportunities for native youth.”
● Tourism & Medicine
The acknowledged edges conjointly reach the business enterprise and education sectors, with the adverts declaring that the “tourism potential of the whole region is immense” and demand that “film shootings, adventure-tourism and spiritual tourism” can grow.
Among alternative edges listed is that the potential for Indian-administered Kashmir to become a medical business enterprise hub for patients from the center East and East Asia,
“Large non-public investment in health and education is predicted, world category health care suppliers to open their franchises and health centers. J&K will become medical business enterprise for Middle East and East Asia,” a poster reads. Other predictions within the adverts embody enhancements to the standard of education, particularly for women and provisions for the protection of the Kashmiri language.
● Army involvement
Residents of Kashmir have reported that they need seen Indian troops place up posters lauding the Indian government’s call and explaining its edges in villages in Pulwama and Shopian districts. Each of these areas have a powerful history of anti-Indian sentiment.
When asked at a press informing whether or not the military was behind the campaign, army official, K J S Dhillon, didn't deny involvement however aforementioned that there was “no unionised campaign. For the last thirty years, the military has been concerned in Sadbhavana (goodwill) activities, loads of interaction with opinion-makers, the moulvis, teachers, students and sarpanches, for the advantage of the realm. In order to urge from them what's to be in hot water the advantage of the area’s development,” he said.
Residents of Kashmir, however, have a tough time and have tagged the campaign “mere propaganda”. “For us, it's not simply worry...the occupation of Bharat has been reinforced,” aforementioned Rafiq Ahmad, 35, a market keeper within the region’s main town of Srinagar: “It is currently associate occupation of our land, our homes and even a threat on our spiritual identity and insecurity for our girls. Another resident said: “Dark times have started for Kashmiris. It may well be prosperity for those that return to settle here from alternative states, but for us, it's marked that damaging days area unit ahead.” Hence, it’s a proven fact that however economically beneficial this move might be the residents of the Union Territories aren’t that happy about it. Let’s hope for the best!
Shanmathi R. & Inian I.,
Year V, B.A.LL.B.,
Saveetha School of Law.
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