Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Soon To Be India’s Union Territories

by Madhusree Chatragadda
Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Soon To Be India’s Union Territories

The country has been thrown into a tizzy as some call this a dark day in Indian history. Jammu & Kashmir, as well as Ladakh, are to be made union territories of India. The special status accorded to Jammu & Kashmir through law has now been called off in order to make the Union territory status now possible. Read on to get all the details of this soon to be a big change in Indian history.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has signed off an order that strips Jammu and Kashmir off its special status which was through Section 370 in the law. It is now to be a Union territory along with Ladakh. And that’s not it, the Ladakh Union territory will also not have any legislature as opposed to the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory.

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What’s more?

The Home Minister of India, Amit Shah, had planned on this bifurcation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. “The Ladakh Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir has a large area but is sparsely populated with very difficult terrain. There has been a long-pending demand of the people of Ladakh to give it the status of a Union Territory to enable them to realise their aspirations,” said the Home Minister in a statement to The Hindu. This is also the reason why Ladakh will have no legislature of its own.

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Darkest Day?

This move on part of our government has drawn a lot of flak and mixed reactions from different people. Netizens seem to be divided on this already controversial subject. Here’s what Jammu & Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted:

What do you think about these recent, drastic changes? And if you happen to be in Ladakh, check out these rare animals! This news could also hamper the tourism industry of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh for the next few months.

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