Last week, Union home minister Amit Shah said the revocation of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status under the Constitution, has dealt a blow to militancy in the region.
“Do not judge the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of one incident,” he said during a press conference in Jammu, referring to killings of civilians by militants in Rajouri earlier this month, The Indian Express reported. “If you want to judge it, judge it since the beginning of militancy and you will find that after the abrogation of Article 370, J&K has witnessed the least incidents of violence and resultant deaths.”
On August 5, 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood. As a Union territory, Jammu and Kashmir was brought under the direct rule of New Delhi. “More terrorists are dying now and fewer civilians are being killed. Even as far as minority killings are concerned, these three years have witnessed the lowest figures,” Shah said at the press conference.
The minister was echoing what the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said several times in the past.
On August 13 last year, Sinha said the decision to nullify Article 370…