Tuesday, Aug 04, 2020 | Last Update : 04:04 PM IST

133rd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra45019628703015842 Tamil Nadu2632222022834241 Andhra Pradesh166586886781537 Karnataka139571625002594 Delhi1384821242544021 Uttar Pradesh97362553931778 West Bengal78232548181731 Telangana6766048609551 Gujarat64684476632504 Bihar5956738508336 Rajasthan4555532051719 Assam4527633429109 Haryana3717330470440 Odisha3629723074248 Madhya Pradesh3428524099900 Kerala268731527885 Jammu and Kashmir2200614032407 Punjab1852711882442 Jharkhand135004794125 Chhatisgarh9820725661 Uttarakhand7800453890 Goa6816487656 Tripura5389360527 Puducherry3982241156 Manipur292017667 Himachal Pradesh2818165813 Nagaland21296574 Arunachal Pradesh175810633 Chandigarh116070619 Meghalaya9022645 Sikkim6882971 Mizoram4962660
  Opinion   Edit  21 Dec 2018  J&K: Stop civilian killings

J&K: Stop civilian killings

Published : Dec 21, 2018, 12:31 am IST
Updated : Dec 21, 2018, 12:32 am IST

Under President’s Rule, the least that the Centre can do is to take active steps to ensure that civilians are not killed.

J&K governor Satyapal Malik (Photo: PTI)
 J&K governor Satyapal Malik (Photo: PTI)

At the end of six months of Governor’s Rule, Jammu and Kashmir transited to President’s Rule on Thursday, casting an even greater burden on the Centre than before to end the continual cycle of violence for the past two years, in which a greater number of civilians are being killed.

While the PDP-BJP government lasted, the Centre practically rejected all advice to listen to the voice of reason and experience and open conversations with all concerned in the Kashmir Valley. This was also the experience through the six months of Governor’s Rule that began in June this year after the toppling of the Mehbooba Mufti government through indelicate methods.


In an irony, the governor himself was jettisoned under Governor’s Rule, with the upright former civil servant N.N. Vohra being replaced by the voluble ruling party politician Satyapal Malik, who has given little indication that he has acquired a meaningful understanding of the wider perspectives on the Kashmir issue.

Citing phoney grounds, Mr Malik did not permit the PDP-National Conference-Congress coalition to form the government when the state Assembly was under suspended animation, although this combine enjoyed a comfortable majority. He then dissolved the House. It had become amply clear that People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone, whom the Jammu-based BJP had cultivated in the Valley, did not stand a ghost of a chance of forming a government with the help of defections.


Under President’s Rule, the least that the Centre can do is to take active steps to ensure that civilians are not killed. Emotional rage is spreading in Kashmir on this account.

Tags: president’s rule, satyapal malik