Has Jammu-Kashmir Changed After Abrogation Of Article 370?
On the political front, some pro-Indian setups have started to gain ground and the BJP too has increased its cadre marginally.
One year down the line, after the dilution of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the troubled region has varying manifestations about the changes caused. There are different perceptions in various areas, among diverse ethnic groups and it is difficult to make a blanket assessment. On the political front, some pro-Indian political setups have started to gain ground like the Jammu-Kashmir Workers Party (J&KWP) and Jammu-Kashmir Apni Party (J&KAP). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also has increased its cadre marginally. The loyalties of the J&KAP are suspected; they may easily change their attitude.
Governance wise, there has been a perceptible improvement because the patronage-based corrupt systems of the past have been changed drastically and the local government machinations have stopped. But within the state bureaucracy, a number of officials continue to drum up voices against India secretively. The Jammu-Kashmir Police (JKP) has gained greater freedom to operate. But within the J&K administration and JKP, there are a number of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) members and sympathisers who are expanding the “Hate India” campaign quietly.
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