mmasand wrote:I'm skeptical of any social engineering to change the demographic in the state, do you realise what havoc this will cause not just in the valley but in the mainland? If we speak of inclusiveness, then let the KM's get a taste of central govt schemes, most of the money sent their way was siphoned off by the political parties. Also, if you want to piggyback on the growing dissent in GB against Pak rule, show them that the valley is better off in India. Those 24 assembly seats that will be left vacant will be the bait for them to ask for liberation. Why do you even need to fight it out if they come walking to you.
Social engineering has its dangers, if done by forced mass migration. But simply opening doors may do most of the trick. OTOH, bringing in POK without a stable and institutionalized IJK is a recipe for disaster. POKis have long-since killed off any sane entities, just as KV drove out the entire Hindu-Sikh populations. POKis are nearly all bigoted, 8th-century savages IMO. Yeah, they may look cute and helpless under Paki military rule, but given a taste of Indian democratic power and govt. vote-bank largesse, they will be nightmares. So I say let them stay over there and be a pain to Pakjab. Yes, the 24 seats can put $$$ signs on the eyes of many politicians. GB may be slightly better, if only because of low density of population. Then again, they are like Khyber Pass East. Mostly murderous mountain goons, per my flat-land/ high plains prejudices.
All said and done, J&K is not Indonesia: the KMs are at least 50% to blame for the realities. Better not take eyes off that.
But all this talk of Inclusiveness impressing the heck out of the natives so they start waving the tricolor out of the goodness of their hearts... sorry no credibility there.
Will UP come into the 20th century any time soon? How about WB? Let's hold judgement until that happens. I think Gujarat model will be needed, and will work, in J&K. I mean with someone like KPS Gill and NaMo ruling.
Right now IMO the danger is that Bollywood types will go in and turn the Kashmiris completely against India again with their "tourist" abuses. They see Kashmir mainly as a nice Bollywood set with plenty of booze, drugs and cheap sex for the asking. I cringe even today when I see Dev Anand and Co. prancing around Kashmir in their fauz-Oiropean couture looking tres' sophisticated next to the poor and pliant Kashmiri villagers. Makes you almost admire the Taliban. The rush by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, conveys EXACTLY the wrong message.