Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was never so “quiet” and “peaceful” the way it stands today after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions.
Speaking at the launch of a book, “Nehru’s Himalayan Blunders: The Accession of Jammu and Kashmir”, by former judge S N Aggarwal, Swamy said all these brouhaha and threats given by people that scrapping Article 370 and India’s link with the valley will be cut or that there will be fire everywhere has been proved wrong.
“The peace in the valley that we witnessed in the past three months was never the case before. People from the valley call and tell me that ‘aise pehle kabhi nahi hua’ (it has never been like this). Jammu is quiet. Ladakh is quiet …..And the news of violence and fear that you hear from valley also is coming from only three districts out of the 14. That also because these places had militants hiding there well before,” said Swamy, appreciating Modi Government’s bold initiative.
Swamy’s views were echoed by retired Major General G D Bakshi, who said it was the accurate deputation of the Indian Army by the Centre that has led to elusive peace in the valley after good 60 years. “I remember people saying that there will be a blood-bath if Article 370 was revoked… Nothing happened. And believe me, nothing will happen in the future also. The Centre has shown the courage and done the right thing by throwing Articles 370 and 35A into the trash bin where it belongs,” said the veteran Army Officer.
Talking about Pakistan, Swamy said India should take back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa too are not willing to be with Pakistan and India should help them, he added. “That is the only way you can have peace in India for good. Otherwise, Pakistan, no matter how bad it is doing economically, they will always try and do something or the other to hurt India,” said Swamy.
Published by Garuda Prakashan, the book, ‘Nehru’s Himalayan Blunders: The Accession of Jammu and Kashmir’, claims to document “major errors” committed by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru with regard to Jammu and Kashmir.
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