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  • The Centre, if it so decides, stands a good chance to fully integrate J&K into the Indian mainstream.

  • This can happen only if the society in the state becomes more tolerant of diversity and multiculturalism. The best way to achieve that is rapid urbanisation.

On 24 June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha held talks with all political factions of Kashmir, a first since the President made Article 370 infructuous on 5 August 2019 and Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act hiving off Ladakh as a Union Territory (UT) without legislature and Jammu-Kashmir divisions as UT with legislature.

In the days leading up to the meeting, there were various rumours about the possible future course of action that the Centre was contemplating including reinstatement of statehood. However, the Centre had debunked such news and clarified that the meeting was to discuss ongoing delimitation process. The same was confirmed by defence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra whose source was one of the leaders present in the meeting with the Modi-Shah-Sinha trio.



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