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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Students of Jammu, Ladakh voice their opinion

Navneet Dubey, Hindustan Times  Jammu, May 29, 2014
First Published: 23:27 IST(29/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(29/5/2014)

Finding no harm in debating, the students of Jammu and Ladakh have gone a step ahead and favoured Article 370's abrogation as they feel it has done more harm than good to the state.

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The students are of firm opinion that after so many years since the special status was accorded to Jammu and Kashmir, time has come for this temporary provision to go.

Nawang, 22, a resident of Ladakh, doing PG in Botany from Jammu University said, "The time has come for Article 370 to go. It has done more harm than good. The state should be like all the other 28 states. Due to hindrance of the Article we are devoid of competition that affects our development".

"Jammu and Kashmir has failed to produce any renowned personalities of national or international repute in art, science, sports or any other field. The Article 370 has created only obstacles, it shows that we do not live with expanded heart", he added.

Arvind Jamwal, doing PG in history from Jammu University termed Article 370 a threat to nationalism. "Article 370 breeds separatism and leads to agitation. It makes us believe that the state is not an integral part of India. It has to go". However, Arvind advocated that it should be repealed in a phased manner rather than in a one go.

Munita Khajuria, a management graduate, feels that for decades, both Jammu and Ladakh region has faced discrimination due to Article 370. "Due to the Article the real picture of the state does not come out. The people of Jammu and Ladakh have far less presence in government jobs. We are in minority with only 35% of the population".

"Due to provisions of Article 370, Centre has little control over the state. Large sections of the Valley blatantly raise voice against India and openly hoist Pakistani flag. It should be dispensed once for all", she added.

Another Ladakahi student, Tundup doing PG in environmental sciences from Jammu University, has linked the lack of development in the state with Article 370. "The Article should repeal immediately. Due to Article 370, we have lagged far behind in industrial sector. In the absence of which there are no job opportunities and state has witnessed lack of development."

Law student Anjali too is in favour of repealing article 370. "Article 370 should be abolished. I have travelled to many cities in the country but Jammu and Kashmir is lagging far behind. Once the Article is abolished the state will witness massive growth".

For the last couple of days Article 370 has triggered a storm generating debate for and against the special provision after minister of state in Prime Minister's office Jitendra Singh said that process of repealing the Article has started and stakeholders concerned were being consulted.

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