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A Historic Verdict: Upholding Unity and Progress for Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh

In a momentous stride towards progress and unity, India, that is, Bharat, has today shed the weight of deep contradictions, low self-esteem, and a sense of servility that lingered beneath regressive laws embodied in Articles 370 and 35A. The resolution of a 70-year-old issue, accomplished by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has etched […]

In a momentous stride towards progress and unity, India, that is, Bharat, has today shed the weight of deep contradictions, low self-esteem, and a sense of servility that lingered beneath regressive laws embodied in Articles 370 and 35A. The resolution of a 70-year-old issue, accomplished by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has etched an unparalleled legacy in the annals of independent India’s history. Today marks a pivotal moment in India’s history as the Supreme Court delivers a resounding verdict, correcting a Himalayan constitutional blunder of the past. The iron will of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the decisive strategy of Home Minister Amit Shah have finally set the course for a brighter future. The nation remains indebted to their unwavering commitment. The Supreme Court’s decision on the abrogation of Article 370, constitutionally aligning with the Parliament’s historic decision on 5th August 2019, is a beacon of hope, progress, and unity for the people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. The sacrifices made by generations of Indian Armed Forces, paramilitary, police, and the diverse communities of the region have found validation. The revocation of Articles 370 and 35A signifies a monumental shift, liberating the nation from the shackles of a historical contradiction that impeded its full potential. For decades, these provisions created a unique status for Jammu and Kashmir, fostering a sense of separateness that hindered the nation’s unity. Prime Minister Modi’s decisive leadership in resolving this longstanding issue has not only dismantled an archaic framework but has also paved the way for a more integrated and cohesive India. The move reflects a commitment to a harmonious nation where every citizen stands equal, irrespective of regional or historical impositions. The special rights granted based on religion, a section that went against the principles of the Indian Constitution, has been rightfully addressed. The long-overdue correction dismantles an unjust legacy and emphasizes the need to purge laws that denigrate the essence of our Constitution. The journey to this historic moment has been one of resilience, determination, and a vision for a progressive India. The Prime Minister’s unwavering dedication to the cause has brought closure to a saga that persisted for seven decades, defying resolution by previous administrations. As we witness this transformative moment, it’s crucial to acknowledge the far-reaching impact it has for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and, indeed, for the entire nation. The decision not only dismantles legal obstacles but also opens avenues for development, progress, and equal opportunities for every citizen. I wholeheartedly welcome the Supreme Court’s decision, reinforcing the government’s historic step in integrating Jammu and Kashmir into the mainstream of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership has played a crucial role in this transformative process, earning the gratitude of millions. The Constitutional Bench has upheld the removal of Sections 370 and 35A, recognizing the legitimacy of the process and its objectives. This historic decision signifies a commitment to unity, a promise of progress, and a testament to our collective resolve to build a stronger, more united India. To the resilient people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, the central government assures an unwavering commitment to fulfilling their dreams. The fruits of progress will not only reach them but will extend to the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of society who suffered due to Article 370. Today’s verdict is not merely a legal judgment; it is a symbol of hope, a promise for a brighter future, and a testament to our collective determination to shape a #NayaJammuKashmir. As we celebrate this historic moment, let it inspire a renewed commitment to unity, progress, and a stronger India for all. Prime Minister Modi’s role in this monumental achievement cements his place in the history of independent India as a leader who navigated through complexities to ensure a more unified and inclusive nation. The legacy forged today transcends political boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s collective consciousness. While this marks the end of an era, it simultaneously ushers in a new chapter for India—a chapter defined by unity, equality, and a shared destiny. As the nation embraces this historic leap, it does so with the understanding that it has embarked on a transformative journey towards a stronger, more integrated Bharat. Dr Anil Agrawal, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.

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