Thursday, August 15, 2019
Like Modi, Indira Gandhi, too, wanted to alter the status quo in the state almost 50 years ago.
After his government voided Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “a new age has begun in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh”. In fact, the quest for a new beginning is not all that novel in the history of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Indira Gandhi, too, wanted to alter the status quo in Kashmir.
In explaining its decision to abolish the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Modi government has emphasised the developmental and political benefits that are expected to flow from these arrangements. These moves have indeed wrought a radical change in the constitutional relationship between the Indian Union and the erstwhile state of J&K. As we ponder how these arrangements will work out, it may be useful to look back to Indira Gandhi’s attempt at a new beginning.
“We will build a new Kashmir, quickly if you help, slowly if you don’t, but build it we will!” Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had said while addressing a public rally in Srinagar in June 1970. Indeed, important changes were already underway.
By Asad Hashim
Journalists tell Al Jazeera coverage of opposition leaders and civil society dissenters 'banned' by government and army.
A sustained campaignPakistan's information ministry denied any involvement in press censorship to Al Jazeera.
"We do not have any instrument, law or anything else by way of which we could apply pressure to anyone," said ministry spokesperson Tahir Khushnood.
'We need to shut this down'
Now they don't threaten your life, they threaten the organisation's life.
The media in Pakistan is not just free, but sometimes out of control.
Chilling effects of censorship
Right now, it is just about survival. We will see about journalism later.