Locals of Jammu and Kashmir turn up in huge numbers to cast their vote for the first elections held in the region since the bifurcation of J&K in two UTs. The DDC elections will allow local and grassroots to take place and the voice of the poorest of the poor heard, something missing from the valley for the last 70 years.
The 3 farm laws introduced in june, 2020 namely the FPTC, the FAPAFS and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act will open up more markets and avenues for product selling. Farmers can now sell their produce to anyone they want and anywhere in the country. They can go beyond the ‘mandis’ and there is no room for intermediaries. With contract farming, future prices for farmers are assured even before the reap the harvest. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated that the new farm laws will bring about revolutionary changes in Indian agriculture. The passing of the bills was called by PM Modi as a 'watershed moment'.
Since the abrogation of Articles 370 & 35A and bifurcation of the state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, J&K gets underway to hold its first election since these changes with the District Development Council (DDC) elections. The DDC elections are to focus on local and grassroot development and ensure the voices of the rural masses are heard in the Centre.
Despite disturbing signs of a growing footprint of radical Islam, the Sheikh Hasina government is doing something right. According to 'Global Terrorism Index' by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the country ranked 33rd out of a total of 163 countries.
The 3 farm laws namely the FPTC, the FAPAFS and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act will open up more markets and avenues for product selling. With these new laws, farmers can go beyond the ‘mandis’ and there is no room for intermediaries. Another plus of the farm laws include assured future prices for farmers via contract farming. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the new farm laws will bring about revolutionary changes in Indian agriculture. PM Modi called the passing of the bills a 'watershed moment'.
As Jammu and Kashmir goes to poll for the District Development Council (DDC), the first ever election of the Union Territory since the abrogation of Articles 370 & 35A. Jammu and Kashmir’s mainstream political parties including Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Farooq and Omar Abdullah’s National Conference (NC) and Sajjad Lone’s People's Conference (PC) are fighting the polls under a unified banner of the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), also called as Gupkar Alliance. Speaking exclusively to India Narrative, Jammu Muslim Front leader, Shuja Zaffar said the alliance will fail. According to Zaffar, the multi-party alliance are only interested in bringing back the outdated special status to the region and have time and again ignored developing the region.
Jammu and Kashmir is not always about guns and violence. Since the abrogation of Articles 370 & 35A, the government has initiated multiple sports programs - athletics, football, cricket and so on. During the event, many social issues were addressed and youths encouraged to work towards nation building. Taking cognizance of COVID-19, social distancing was maintained by the spectators. The multiple sporting event was to encourage youths to take sports as a hobby and tap into their sporting potential.
The Indian Army marked the occasion of Constitution Day by taking the pledge of the nation in forward posts based in the high Himalayas. Braving the elements, the jawans are at the frontline in defending the nation from both sides of the border: thwarting infiltration attempts by Pakistan-backed terrorists and Chinese incursions in the Ladakh sector. In 1949, India formally adopted the Constitution. The Indian Constitution is the largest written text in the world and the first book was handwritten in Hindi & English in beautiful calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizada.
26th November is celebrated as Anti-Obesity Day across the world. In the era of Covid 19 pandemic, it is essential that people maintain a healthy lifestyle and boost their immune system. Besides understanding food and its nutritional value, one must always exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Yoga is a brilliant tool for weight loss and staying fit. Rishikesh in India is known across the globe as the Yoga capital of the world. Pranayama and Yoga asanas strengthen the respiratory system and immune system which help in fighting the coronavirus infection.
Residents of Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir braving the elements staged a protest to highlight atrocities against them, denied basic rights, and lack of any human sector development in the region. They issued anti-Pakistan banners and protested against the illegal occupation of the region by Islamabad. To break them up and hide the real issues, Pakistan police started to beat up the peaceful demonstrators and thus highlighted the very issue against which the locals were protesting. Pakistan has been sitting in this region illegally since 1947.