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J&K’s unstoppable march to progress

The democratic machinery in J&K has been strengthened by holding elections to block development councils and ongoing district development council election

By Farooq Wani

The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is at the heart of India’s nation-building vision of a secular, decentralised and diverse Union. The Central Government has expended substantial political, economic, diplomatic and military resources in the state since its accession to India and even today, J&K remains one of the key national security preoccupations due to Pakistan’s belligerence. With China and Pakistan having illegally occupied parts of J&K, makes this issue a difficult needle to thread and Pakistan’s ongoing three-decade old proxy war in the form of militancy alongwith communally charged propaganda makes its handling extremely complicated.

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