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On Article 35A

As members of the Concerned Citizens’ Group, we visited Kashmir recently, from 17–19 August 2017. This was our third visit since the formation of our group. We met with some representatives of prominent political parties, office-bearers of the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association, college students, as well as civil society representatives from Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and Kupwara in North Kashmir.

The most disquieting conclusion of these interactions was that, as compared to our previous visits, the sense of dismay and despondency among the people had grown considerably. The proximate reason for this was not merely the lack of dialogue with the Kashmiris, but also due to the fact that tourism had plummeted, the hotel business was in dire straits, there was flight of capital, and an overall economic downturn. This had led to greater unemployment and economic distress in the region. The situation was much worse than the previous two years.

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Updated On : 9th Sep, 2017

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