‘Justice’ for some Valley natives in city; a matter of concern, say others

Song and dance: Shiv Sena workers celebrate outside Sena Bhavan on Monday.

Song and dance: Shiv Sena workers celebrate outside Sena Bhavan on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Responses to govt. decision on Article 370 a mixed bag

The Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370 on Monday drew mixed reactions from Jammu & Kashmir natives living in the city.

Moti Kaul, chairman of the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora, said, “My ancestors have at last been avenged. Our elders who, while sowing seeds in the Valley were maimed, discriminated against, and persecuted without reason in 1990, have finally been served justice.” He said he was looking forward to rehabilitation plans and blueprints of infrastructure for Kashmiri immigrants.

Filmmaker and activist Ashoke Pandit voiced his support for the move. “Article 370 invoked terrorism in the State. We are proud of the government action. Kashmir will prosper as a part of our Hindustan. Our roots deserve to be identified.”

Members of the younger generation, however, had a different opinion. A student of the Delhi University, who did not wish to be named, said, “The process of taking the action is undemocratic in nature. Locking down leaders who know their region better than the Centre is unjust and unprincipled. Local authorities rightfully qualify to be a part of the decision-making process.”

Mushahid Fayaz, a student of St Xavier’s College, said, “The people of Kashmir are entitled to have a say in the matter, but have been left out. Significant steps need to be taken by including the opinions of Kashmiri residents.”

Several Kashmir natives also expressed concern that they have been out of contact with their families. Syed Suheel, a student activist staying in Mumbai, said, “I have not been able to speak to my family for five days. Communication in every part of the State is absent and is worrying me. There is no clarity on the situation back home.”

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 28, 2020 10:24:42 PM |

Next Story