On Monday, foreign minister S Jaishankar shed light on the cost of business in the wake of Article 370 in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. While speaking to a team of American business leaders in New Delhi at the US-India strategic partnership forum, Jaishankar “narrowed the scope” of business in the state.
In his talks, Jaishankar touched upon the nature of Indian media. Calling it “a corrupt media without shame.” In the context, he regarded people like Burkha Dutt, Sardesai and Ravneeesh as “a gang of rogues”. Furthermore he added such people deserved to be locked up for sedition and treason.
In the meeting on Monday, Jaishankar further added that it had been easier to explain to the foreign governments about the decision taken by the government about the status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, than explaining it to the English-speaking media.
According to Jaishankar the English-speaking liberal media was ideological about the decision, in addition to having preset views about the situation. Furthermore, he added they didn’t absorb or present a fair picture about the entire situation.
While communicating with interlocutors, Jaishankar spoke at length about the reasons to remove Article 370, he said, “I found a lot of people were surprised by the information that the particular provision of the Constitution was a temporary one, because the media does not say that.”
Furthermore, Jaishankar asserted that the change in Article 370 of the Constitution was India’s “internal business.” He also quoted that although it was India’s internal business, the news got attention from around the world as different people had different views about it, in addition to the neighboring countries of India who made a “bit of a fuss” about the decision.
The government of India had to further also communicate with other governments of different countries in order to make them understand about the change.
Article 370 as a result narrowed the scope for the business and also raised the business cost in Kashmir which also meant that there was less development in the region.
On August 5, the center aborted the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which will come into being on October 31.
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