Amit Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370 was significant. At the same time, his visit came at a time when target killings were on the rise in the state, but the Shah accepted the challenge. Experts believe that the Shah has made every effort to connect Kashmir and its youth with the mainstream of the country, thereby reducing the distance between Delhi and Kashmir.
Amit Shah in Jammu
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Today is the third day of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first time the Home Minister has been in Jammu and Kashmir for three days for fear of terrorist incidents and has met the people directly, regardless of security. This is the first visit of the Home Minister to Jammu and Kashmir since the repeal of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. This is Amit Shah’s second visit as Union Home Minister. He visited the Kashmir Valley in June 2019, 40 days before the repeal of Article 370.
How important is this trip
In Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah introduced the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Amendment Bill’ in Parliament to repeal Article 370 and divide the state. The state was then divided into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Experts say his visit was crucial in many ways, from sending a strong message to the militants and boosting the morale of the security forces, as well as instilling confidence in the youth in New Kashmir. His visit also reflects the strong intention of the Central Government to create a new Jammu and Kashmir.
Sujaul Haque, a senior local journalist from Jammu and Kashmir, said the Home Minister’s visit was important in view of the recent situation in Kashmir and the rising tide of terrorism. In some cases, their focus has been on youth and security personnel. This will not only increase the confidence of the youth in the central government but also the morale of the security forces. Although the government says the situation in Kashmir has improved, there are many questions over the field situation.