Monday, February 27, 2012

Myth about Jammu Kashmir


Ø MYTH: Kashmir is the largest area in the J&K state.
FACT: Kashmir valley (Where the supposed to be problem is there) is only 15% in area of the entire J&K state (Jammu is around 26% and Ladhak being the largest – 58%). Even by population Jammu is highest as compared with Kashmir valley and Ladhak.

Ø MYTHThe Kashmir problem is spanning the entire state of J&K
FACT: The so called problem is NOT IN  JAMMU;is NOT IN LADHAK; and not even in entire Kashmir valley. But it is confined only to four of the 10 districts — Baramula, Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag–Shopia Nagar.

Ø MYTH: Kashmiri people do not want to stay in India
FACT: No Gujjar, Shia, Pahadi, nationalist Muslim, Kashmiri Sikh and Pandit, Ladakhi, refugee groups, Dogras, Buddists etc. were ever involved in any separatist agitations. Infact The Muslims in Kargil are known as staunch patriots. They openly supported the Indian security forces during the Pakistani intrusion in Kargil in the year 1999. 
Anti national forces are only led by handful of self centred politicians whose support base is diminishing day by day.

Ø MYTH: The Kashmiri people and particularly the Kashmiri muslims are the ones who are suppressed and oppressed.
FACT: The nationalist and the refugees are the real oppressed and suppressed masses. They include Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee Kashmir during 1990 (4 Lakhs), refugees from PoK in 1947, West Pakistan and during 1947 and 1965 wars.

Ø MYTH: Kashmir region has been neglected politically
FACT: In 2008, per capita central assistance was Rs 9754 in the state whereas it was Rs 876 per person in backward states like Bihar. It includes 90 per cent as grants and 10 per cent as required to be given back, whereas the remaining states have to pay back 70 per cent. The table below is self explanatory:

Voters per Assembly seat 
Area per seat
710.6 sq. Km.
346 sq km.
Voters per Loksabha Seat
15.29 Lakhs
9.61 Lakhs
Average area of each District 
2629 sq. Km.
1594 sq. Km.
Length of Road
4571 km
7129 km
Government employees 
1.25 Lakhs
4.0 Lakhs
Employee in the Secretariat
Total Budget on Tourism  
10% of Total Budget
85% of Total Budget
Number of tourist in 2009
85 Lakhs
8 Lakhs

Ø MYTH: Backwardness, illiteracy  etc. are the root causes of the problem in Kashmir
FACT: After Kerala, J&K is the most literate state.  There are no slums in Kashmir valley – every home is a permanent structure.

Ø MYTH: PoK region does not have any strategic importance
FACT: Gilgit in PoK has its borders linked with five countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China, Tibet and Pakistan. From strategic point of view, this area of Central Asia is inaccessible and protected. This is a
point from where anyone can hold supremacy in whole of Asia having a strong military base.

Let there be no doubt in our minds that –

Getting back the entire J&K is a big task, but surely not an impossible one. If 120 Crore people of this country decide firmly then nothing will be impossible.

To climb the 29K feet Everest, the first step is only of 29 inches

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