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The Dal Scam

Daily The Kashmir Monitor, in its editorial raises the issue that is Kashmir, land of scams? The latest is racket played in name of development of Dal lake. Though 850 crores have been spent but nothing has changed.

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 The slogans of autonomy

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool

 In analyzing the impact of raising the issue of Regional Autonomy Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, former Chief Secretary of J&K Government who joined National Conference after his retirement, writes that the impact of this issue needs to be assessed to maintain the solidarity of the state. According to him, Delhi agreement 1952 had been approved by Parliament and State Constituent Assembly, giving the state an unassailable constitutional position. The Government of India showed its commitment by issuing constitution order under Art 370/35A. The attack on autonomy began with coming of GM Sadiq as chief Minister. Though Indira Gandhi – Abdullah accord of 1975 allowed state government to review the central laws enforced in the state, but reports of two high level Committees on the subject remained on shelves in the secretariat. While Dr. Farooq Abdullah announces introduction of regional autonomy, with ambitions to  secure power, BJP has been advocating concept of Regional Council for Jammu  to thwart state autonomy. But Dr. Farooq has shifted to regional autonomy without considering its long term impact leading ultimately to trifurcation of state. It is time to cool down and evolve a pragmatic and attainable goal.

 

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