3 min read.Updated: 06 Aug 2019, 12:37 AM ISTKanwal Sibal
The need for a back-channel to find a solution to the Kashmir issue has disappeared
A bold and historic decision has been taken by the government to scrap Article 370/Article 35A, separating Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir, to make both Union territories. No one really expected this decision so rapidly after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) electoral victory, and especially such a far-reaching one. The government has obviously calculated all the consequences of this epochal decision, both internal and external. Even if there are difficulties down the road, essentially internal, these will be overcome in due course and a historical mistake in keeping Kashmir separate and entrenching separatism in the polity at the nation’s cost will have been corrected.