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Drop Article 370, withdraw army

The isolation of the Kashmir valley from the rest of the country is mainly due to Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives a special status to Kashmir thereby creating a suspicion in the minds of both the Kashmiris and people inhabiting the rest of the country about each other. also, we must not keep such a huge force in such a small valley. We have to strike a pact with Pakistan that both India and Pakistan should reduce their armed forces in J&K so that people could live freely.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 19:06 IST

The isolation of the Kashmir valley from the rest of the country is mainly due to Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives a special status to Kashmir thereby creating a suspicion in the minds of both the Kashmiris and people inhabiting the rest of the country about each other.

This article needs to be immediately abolished if we are to maintain the unity of the country. Government should not think about losing the Muslim votes on this count.

We must not keep such a huge force in such a small valley. The count today is such that for every ten persons in the valley, we have one soldier. We have to strike a pact with Pakistan that both India and Pakistan should reduce their armed forces in J&K so that people could live freely. In the presence of a huge segment of army, people are bound to feel choked and suffocated. At the same time army personnel away from their homes are likely to give vent to their frustration in unsocial acts like rape, etc.

It is an open secret that last time, the Vajpayee government had withdrawn the troops from the border after the Kargil war at the behest of USA. So, there would be no harm in seeking the help of USA in persuading Pakistan to reduce their military presence in the occupied Kashmir so that we too could withdraw an equal number of our military personnel from the valley.