Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ladakh demands UT status: J&K division only solution

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    • Ladakh demands UT status: J&K division only solution
    • Hari Om
    • On December 8, the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh region’s premier political organization, Ladakh Union Territory Front (LUTF), once again reiterated its demand for Union Territory status for the cold-desert which remains cut off from rest of the world for several months a year. LUTF organized a massive public rally at the historic Polo Ground to press its demand.
    • Needed: four separate political entities
    • Those who know something about Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, post-1947, will vouch for this hard reality at once; acknowledge they do not see eye to eye with the vindictive, discriminatory, unaccommodating and arrogant Kashmiri Sunni leadership; and recommend division of the State into four separate political entities – one each for the people of Jammu province, people of Ladakh, displaced Kashmiri Hindus, and Kashmiri Muslims, especially Kashmiri-speaking Sunnis.
    • Jammu contributes more than 70 per cent revenue to the state exchequer every year. Kashmir would become pauper overtime if Jammu gets segregated from Kashmir. In fact, the reason behind the Kashmiri oppositio to the demand in Jammu for separation from Kashmir is that Jammu is the Valley's economic backbone and Kashmir survives and thrives on the swet and lobour of Jammu people.

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