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Elucidate upon the regional aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and analyse the barriers and opportunities in the current scenario.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

5. Elucidate upon the regional aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and analyse the barriers and opportunities in the current scenario. (250 words)

Reference:  tribuneindia.com

Why the question:

The Prime Minister held an all-party meeting involving leaders of mainstream political parties from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to discuss the prevailing situation and the future course of action in the region. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the regional aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and analyse the barriers and opportunities in the current scenario.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the recent agenda of the meeting; first outreach initiative from the Centre since the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A – that bestowed special status to J&K and privileges to its residents – and split the state into two union territories: J&K and Ladakh.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

First explain the situation in J&K since 2019 and explain how the time is ripe to review the policy approach towards J&K.

Explain that before making any assessment of the underlying reasons for current discussions of possibility of statehood to J&K, it is important to, first, recognise a paradox of the Kashmir policy.

Discuss the challenges in detail.

Conclusion:

Conclude by suggesting solutions to address the issues.