The Government of India scrapped Article 370, which gave special concessions to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. NT KURIOCITY spoke to the youth to know their opinion

It is definitely a wise decision to scrap Article 370 which was a temporary provision to give autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. With this improvisation, Kashmiri Pandits can safely go back to their ancestral land. Private industries, public firms, businesses, service sector will come up with a lot of investments and generate employment for the residents. Kashmiri people are known for their industriousness and hard work, and with the scrapping of this article, a new epoch begins with the need for sustainable industrialisation and opportunity.

Shreyas Sudin Shenvi Ambe, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi

Kashmir has always been a land of dreams and mysticism, but due to socio-political mishaps it was robbed of its aura. We are lucky to have been witness to this historic change of fate via the abrogation of Article 370. The people of Kashmir needed their skills to be honed and their culture preserved. With this new development it can surely be achieved.

Hari Kamat, Panaji

Even though everybody knew that Article 370 had to go, the way the government went about by abrogating it wasn’t right. This will now lead to serious problems on ground with the security forces.

Shahaar Joshi, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

It is a good decision to scrap Article 370 because it may ensure stability, market access and predictable laws which can help the state gain investment in sectors like tourism, IT, health care, etc. It may result in the opening of top educational institutes like IIT, IIM and AIIMS. People will not only get better educational opportunities but also a better workforce environment. People of Kashmir will get all the benefits that the rest of the Indian citizens receive.

Parth Naik, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

Article 370 provided special status to J&K, but took away the status of a united India. A separate constitution, laws, flag, dual citizenship in spite of staying in the same country were all injustices to Indians and even more to Kashmiris because the local authorities kept them deprived of innumerable facilities. Uneducated and jobless youth were used as tools in terrorist activities. Now after this decisions education and job opportunities will increase. This would also help the Kashmiri youth to channel their energy in constructive ways.

Kishan Mangeshkar, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Margao

It’s a good decision taken by the government. J&K was always the part of India and it was really sad that it was burdened with Article 370. This article always restricted development in the state and the locals always suffered because of it. There was a lack of employment and education facilities for Kashmiris. This was the major reason for growth of terrorism. Every Indian should be proud of this decision and welcome this new state.

Atish Lolienkar, Margao

Article 370 obstructed India from being a complete nation. Special status facilitated J&K to have their own constitution, lawmaking authorities, education policies and dual citizenship. These special rules completely derailed Indians’ integrity and peace. Most of the laws were highly partial and biased in nature. The special status was never used for the betterment of the valley but was ridiculously misused. Other states were also asking for special status for the same reason. If all states were to have their own constitution and lawmaking authorities, how would the nation’s harmony and integrity be justified? The scrapping of Article 370 will firmly hold our country together.

Darshan Mangeshkar, Shiroda

The scrapping of Article 370 would definitely benefit the state of J&K in terms of employment, settlement, property acquisition, etc. This decision would bring peace and joy in the country. I feel extremely proud of this decision, Jammu and Kashmir then and now will always be a part of India.

Tanisha Samant, Sridora Caculo College of Commerce & Management Studies, Mapusa

I think the removal of Article 370 would lead to the prosperity of J&K. For years it had been isolated from many constitutional laws of India, so there wasn’t much development and opportunities for the people residing there. But now there will be equal opportunities for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There will be good educational opportunities which will lead to long term development of the state. Also business opportunities will grow within the state which will lead to growth in Gross Domestic Product. Recent modern medical facilities will be available for the people. Most importantly there will not be any terror activities due to Pakistanis claim over Kashmir. As a whole this would increase standard of leaving of the people residing in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sai Vengurlekar, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi