The detention of 168 Rohingya refugees by the Jammu and Kashmir administration has rekindled the beleaguered refugee community's memories of the persecution in Myanmar.
New Delhi claimed that articles 370 and 35A had been “roadblocks” in the path of development -- and the abrogation would pave in the path for opportunities for the youth, long battling corruption. That didn't happen.
“Why was this particular forest land chosen for the project? This land falls within the Bahu Conservation Reserve and is also close to the Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary. Was there no other land available in Jammu apart from a conservation reserve?”
For more than a year, its implementation on-ground was overlooked and today it remains in disarray — after resorting to coercive measures against forest dwellers in late 2020, the administration is rushing through a grassroots process even as much of Kashmir’s forest areas remained snowbound.
The snow was not the only adversary of normal life. The administration’s lack of preparedness and its snail-paced approach was more troubling.