J & K Integrates with India and POK Awaits its turn

By: Prakash Katoch

The total area of State of J&K under India, that is excluding Pak Occupied Kashmir (POK), is 101380 sq Km. Out of this total area, the three parts of the State (Kashmir valley, Jammu and Ladakh) in percentage share the areas as under:

Kashmir : 15%
Jammu : 26%
Ladakh : 59%

Out of this total of101380 sq Kilo meters, 85,000 sq Km, which comprises 85% of this area, is not the Muslim majority area. The total population of this entire area is 1.25  Crores.

Out of the total population of 1.25 Crores of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the area of Kashmir valley has 69 Lakhs people. Out of this 69 Lakhs, only 55 Lakhs speak Kashmiri language, while the rest of the 13 lakhs people speak non Kashmiri languages. In Jammu 53 Lakhs people live and speak Dogri, Punjabi and Hindi languages; and in Ladakh 03 Lakhs live and speak Ladakhi language. This does not include 7.5 lakh people settled who do not have citizenship.

There are 22 districts in J&K. Out of these 22 districts only 5 Districts, where the separatists have the domination, are
Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah, Kulgam and Pulwama. The remaining 17 districts are Pro India. Thus separatists’ writ runs in just 15% of the population and this is Sunni Muslim dominated area.

Interestingly these 5 districts are far away from Pakistan Border/LOC.

There are more than fourteen major Religious / ethinic groups, which comprise 85% of the population of J&K and are pro India. These areas have people mostly ethnic groups of Shias ;Dogras: (Rajputs, Brahmins & Mahajans); Kashmiri Pandits; Sikhs; Buddhists ( Ladakhis ); Gujjars; Bakarwals; Paharis; Baltis; Christians & many more.

Majority of the people in J&K do not speak Kashmiri as their mother tongue. It’s Dogri, Gujjari, Punjabi, Ladhaki , Pahari etc. Only 33 % people in Kashmir speak Kashmiri & this group controls narrative from Hurriyat to militants and from NC and PDP. This 33% of the Jammu and Kashmir people controls business, bureaucracy & agriculture. This 33% Sunni population is opposed to India,  although population of all other muslims in JK is 69 %. This 69 % population comprises Shias (12%), Gujjars Muslims (14%), Pahadi Muslims ( 8%), Buddhists , Pandits, Sufis, Christians and Jammu Hindus/ Dogras ( aprox 45%) and they are totally opposed to separatism and Pakistan.

Stone pelting , hoisting of Pakistani flags & anti India demonstrations are held in just 5 districts in Kashmir valley. Other 17 districts have never participated in such activities. Poonch and Kargil have above 90% Muslim population. There has never been an anti India or separatist protest in these districts.

It is only the Anti National Media and other Anti India forces who with their own nefarious designs have created an impression that “WHOLE J&K” is against India.

But the truth is that just 15% of the Population comprising Sunni Muslims inhabiting 5 districts of Kashmir province are fanning the separatist activities.

The bifurcating and constituting the Jammu and Kashmir State into two Union Territories (U.T. of Ladakh without legislative assembly and U.T. of Jammu and Kashmir with legislative assembly) under law (Reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir Bill, 2019) passed by Parliament on August 6, 2019 has struck a mortal blow to the separatism and the religious terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.  In fact, this separatism and religious terrorism was confined only to the Kashmir valley.

This momentus task has been achieved by the government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ably assisted by its Home Minister Amit Shah. In fact, it was correcting the historical mistake committed by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1949. It was long overdue.

India is thankful to Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah and shall ever remain greatful to them for this service.

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