Much of the focus since Article 370 was revoked and the proposal for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories has centred on the Valley, its people and what the future holds. A key part of the developments from Monday was also that Ladakh finally emerges from the shadows. BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal from Ladakh has found it tough to contain his smile since Home Minister Amit Shah's announcement on Monday, and he has reasons galore to maintain that smile.
On Tuesday, Namgyal highlighted just what making Ladakh into a separate Union Territory would mean for the region and its people. "UPA gave Kashmir a Central University in 2011. Jammu fought and took a Central University. I was a Student Union leader. We demanded a Central University in Ladakh, but we didn't get any," he said. "PM Modi ji recently gave us a university. 'Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai'."
Highlighting how revoking Article 370 is a historic as well as a bold decision, Namgyal further said that people of Ladakh, as well as Jammu and Kashmir, can truly prosper now. "What will be lost with this decision? Sirf do pariwar rozi-roti khoyenge (Only two families will lose their livelihood). The future of Kashmir is all set to get bright," he said.
While the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill proposes making Jammu and Kashmir a UT with legislature, Ladakh would be a UT without a legislature. Shah had said that the people of Ladakh had long demanded the status of UT to fulfil their aspirations.
Namgyal had earlier said that Article 370 had choked the development of Ladakh and strangulated the identity of the people there. He had also countered claims by rival parties that people in Ladakh and Kargil were not happy with the Centre's decisions. "People are rejoicing back home," Namgyal had said.