New Delhi: As expected, India’s political cockroaches, also known as the Left-liberal-secular cabal, have come out of hiding to denounce the Centre’s latest gazette notification reforming Jammu and Kashmir’s land laws as “an act of invasion”.
One Devika Mittal claimed that the new land laws are an “act of invasion” and, like Pakistan, also claimed that J&K is a “disputed” area.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a desperate bid to re-launch his post-retirement political career, termed the amendment to the land ownership laws as “unacceptable”. He even claimed that “J&K was up for sale”.
He forgot that politicians like him were paving the way for selling the state to Pakistan since 1947.
Just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, his father, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, as also Mehbooba Mufti, had dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal Article 370. He did, and they had to cool heels for months in-home quarantine. Clearly, the Abdullah family is still reeling from the shock due to the swift moves made by the Centre which made them and other politicians completely irrelevant in their own erstwhile fiefdom.
The Abdullahs’ foe-turned-friend, Mehbooba Mufti also tried to strike a strident posture. But she proved too-clever-by-half when she spoke about the issue of J&K’s separate flag. She lost three senior leaders of the rump called the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). What can she do? Excep tweeting her frustration:
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechuri, who conveniently overlooked China’s invasion of Ladakh six months ago, also came alive suddenly, with his hackneyed words:
After scrapping the “special status” accorded to J&K by the Constitution’s Articles 370 and 35-A in August 2019, the Centre had, on Tuesday, started the next phase of fully-integrating the state with the Union of India by launching the land reforms laws. It allowed all Indians to buy land and property in the Union Territory of J&K, barring agricultural land.
The reforms will finally bring much-needed development to the mountainous region. The Union Government, with gazette notification of new lands laws, brought an end to the exclusive rights of locals over the land granted under Article 370. The phrase “being a permanent resident of the state” as the criterion has been scrapped with immediate effect.