Article 370: It’s time to move ahead, says Karan Singh


New Delhi, Oct 21: Maintaining that a political decision on Article 370 of the Constitution and re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir has already taken place, senior Congress leader Karan Singh today said, “One has to approach it with a positive mindset and move ahead.”
Speaking at an event here to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Jammu & Kashmir state, the Congress leader, however, stressed the importance of political dialogue with recognised political parties and civil society in the Kashmir Valley to normalise the situation there.
Singh stressed that it was essential to maintain communal harmony in the entire state, particularly in Jammu, which has a mixed population.
Considering the huge loss of income in Kashmir due to the cessation of tourism, which has also affected the economy of Jammu, Singh said he was glad that the government had made special arrangements for export of bumper apple crop from the Valley to prevent further economic distress.
Condemning the recent terror attacks, Singh said, “It is most unfortunate and condemnable that extremist elements have actually attacked and killed apple growers and exporters on several occasions.”
On August 5, Parliament had adopted a resolution nullifying special provisions under Article 370 and passed a law bifurcating the state into two Union Territories- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh - with effect from October 31. Since then there have been curbs on communication and restrictions on the movement of people.
Lauding the sacrifices made by Dogra soldiers under famous commanders such as General Zorawar Singh, the Congress leader said the J&K was the largest state during the British rule. “Majaraja Gulab Singh and later Maharaja Ranbir Singh thus extended the frontiers of India substantially for which they should always be remembered with gratitude by the entire nation,” he said.