Let’s give development a chance, says PM

“There was injustice against women and children, ST and SC communities. And, most importantly, the innovative zeal of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh was not harnessed. Now, from BPOs to startups, from food processing to tourism, many industries can avail investment and create opportunities for the local youth,” he said.
He also attacked those who opposed these moves, accusing many of doing so out of vested interests that had nothing to do with the people’s welfare.
“Please see the list of people who have opposed the decisions about Kashmir — the usual vested interest groups, political dynasties, those who sympathise with terror and some friends in the Opposition. The people of India, irrespective of what their political preference is, have supported the steps. This is about the nation, not politics,” he said.
“I have assured people that elections in Jammu and Kashmir will continue and it is the people of these regions only who will represent the larger public. Yes, those who ruled Kashmir thinking it is their divine right to do so will dislike democratisation and peddle incorrect narratives. They do not want a self-made, younger leadership to emerge. These are the same people whose own conduct in the 1987 elections has been suspect.
“Article 370 has helped the local political class avoid transparency and accountability. Its removal will only empower democracy even more,” he said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/lets-give-development-a-chance-says-pm/article29097790.ece

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