Displaced Kashmiri Pandits living in the city of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai hailed the central government’s “historic” decision of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. The Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shortly after Home Minister Amit Shah tabled a resolution to this effect in Rajya Sabha, President Ram Nath Kovind came out with a notification that came into force immediately. The Centre also converted Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory with a legislature, while hiving off Ladakh as a separate Union Territory without a legislature. The BJP government is confident with this move; the militancy in the region will come to an end. Separatists have been given a befitting reply, economy will flourish and the country will unite. And the government is wasting no time to prove the same. Its already announced an “Investors Summit” in October to promote Jammu and Kashmir as an attractive destination for investments and ITC, TATAs and Mahindra Agrotech are already being tapped for the summit. The Kashmiri Pandits Association of Mumbai hailed the move with a havan organized to pay gratitude to the Mother Goddess of Kashmir Sharika Devi and prayed for peace and prosperity of Kashmir here on. Shiv Sena Dy. Leader Vijay Nahata, BJP General Secretary Satish Nikam joined members of the association during the havan. The Kashmiri Pandits Association of Mumbai members included its President Dr. Sanjay Dhar, Secretary Sunil Koul, trustee Dilip Bhat, members Anil Tiku and C L Raina and President of Dogra Samaj Krishna Pandit among others. The event also paid homage to late BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. Kashmiri Pandits Association of Mumbai President Sanjay Dhar said that they can’t wait to go back to their homeland. He hoped that the valley will now be secure and safe. Scrapping Article 370 is a historic decision by the PM Modi government. The minority community of Kashmiri Pandits will benefit from this move. It spells justice as these people were forced to leave Kashmir will finally be able to go back to the valley.
With Fatima Siddiqui, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.