In month of August last year, fear and uncertainty gripped the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir when news of Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A started doing rounds. On 05th Aug 2019, when news broke out that Article 370 and 35A have been abrogated and Jammu & Kashmir state has been divided into two Union Territories, certain faction of people started spreading rumour that Kashmir will again see situation akin to 1990 when insurgency was on rise and separatist groups became powerful. All mobile services were suspended by administration fearing that rumour mongering agencies will try to create unrest in the valley. I was sitting at my home in Baramulla town along with my family members praying to Almighty that situation should not get worsen. Article 370 bore great symbolic and psychological significance for Kashmiris.
It was anticipated that locals will take it to the streets in protests against the decision and there will be massive bloodshed in the valley. I along with many other Kashmiris was injected with the idea that future of Kashmir is doomed. Since independence various political parties have always looked at Kashmir as the opportunity to achieve their political ambitions and several youths have been brainwashed and died to serve their political masters.
On 5th August 2021, Kashmir will witness completion of Two year since the historic decision was taken. Today, life in Kashmir has slowly and steadily come to normal. I along with my other Kashmiri friends and relatives have reason to believe that situation will only improve from here. Government has launched more than 85 development schemes in last one year I am certain that only development can change the face of the Kashmir and take it towards the path of becoming “Heaven on Earth” again.
I also feel that people started having bigger expectations in quick timeframe but the Pandemic of COVID-19 also slowed down the pace of progress. As there has been a famous saying that “Rome was not built in a day”. Similarly, the problem of Kashmir which has been lingering since independence cannot be resolved overnight. Gradually, we can hope that this decision will bring in more development projects in Kashmir valley. Government of India will consider students of Kashmir and will help them to get good education and Jobs.
I believe that we all should now hope for a better Kashmir without militancy, Kashmir which is focused towards growth of its people in all spheres. The change is here and it is for good.