Historical Date: 5th August 2019.
The Modi-led BJP government finally revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territorites — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Later the Parliament endorsed this decision with a handsome majority.
Three days later, in a broadcast address to the country the PM Modi sought to assuage concerns of the people. He reached out to the people of Kashmir with messages of hope and optimism. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them of all round development, early and transparent elections and end to terrorism. He defended scrapping of Article 370, which he mentioned, has only given separatism, corruption, family rule and used by Pakistan as a tool to spread terror in J&K.
Modi also mentioned that after his government bifurcated the state into union territories, which will not remain UT for long.
The PM Modi got solid support from everywhere in the world. The UN, the USA, and China refused to tow Pakistan point of view on the issue.
Pakistan, which has termed India’s move as “unilateral and illegal” and strongly protested by downgrading diplomatic ties. But, Pakistan didn’t find any takers. Modi said Pakistan used Article 370 as a “tool to spread terrorism”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on Saturday endorsed India’s move of abrogating Article 370 and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir, saying the exercise was “carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India.”
“We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories are carried out within framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” said Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Russia said that it extended support for the normalisation of the relations between India and Pakistan.
“We hope that the differences between India and Pakistan will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis. Russia is a consistent supporter of normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan,” the Russian MFA said.
Moscow expects that India and Pakistan would not allow aggravation of the situation in the Jammu and Kashmir due to the change in the special status of the state by the Centre.
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