The writer is the former finance minister of J&K
Haseeb Drabu writes: Delimitation Commission skews balance against central Kashmir, in favour of Jammu plains. It will hurt people of Kashmir, and Jammu
🔴 Haseeb A Drabu writes: The Delimitation Commission’s adventurism in playing around with the most cardinal principle of adult franchise — one person, one vote — will have serious ramifications across the country in the future
Haseeb A Drabu writes: Valley leadership would do well to ponder some questions, rather than seek answers and reassurances from Centre.
The Fifteenth Finance Commission's substantive award is status quoist, its design is regressive even though its obiter dicta is reformist.
As such, politics will not be driven by Kashmir versus Delhi fighting for political power. Instead, it will be Jammu versus Kashmir for primacy in decision making or Poonch versus Pulwama for allocations; in other words, manageable demands.
Haseeb A Drabu writes: It is time to recognise that apart from an acrimonious history that the plains of Jammu and the valleys of Kashmir share, the two are chalk and cheese — ethnically , culturally, geographically, linguistically, politically, and in terms of religion.
While the Constitution explicitly provides for expansion, “such other territories as may be acquired”, there is no provision for Parliament to reduce the territory of India. Yet that is precisely what the Constitution Order 2019 has done. This in itself is a sufficient ground for it to be struck down by the Supreme Court.
The essence of LoC trade was to extend the familial and social interconnectedness into the arena of business and commerce. To start with, this trade was meant to result in interaction between people and help build partnerships across the two parts of J&K.
It became law through a constitutional process. Its repeal will be a blow to federal India
The incentive system and reward scheme for killing militants in Kashmir must be scrapped and a holistic surrender and rehabilitation policy needs to be put in place.
But RBI-government relationship needs to be managed in a changed macroeconomic policy regime.