Editorial: Loud & clear

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation Thursday night has a slew of announcements for youngsters in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to rejoice. He listed out measures to be taken post scrapping of Article 370 and creation of two Union Territories. From generation employment opportunities to holding peaceful election, the Prime Minister promises aplenty.

Modi said a new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The country has taken a historic decision. Abolishing Article 370 and 35A was need of the hour.The dreams of many of our leaders have been fulfilled. Earlier, 1.5 crore residents of Jammu and Kashmir couldn’t avail of benefits under the laws that were applicable to the rest of the nation, he said.

Narendra Modi claimed that there was never any discussion on how Article 370 was adversely affecting the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. They will have a CM elected by the people, says Modi. He urged Hindi, Tamil, Telugu film industries to visit Kashmir, shoot films there and set up studios, too, in the valley. Now it is time for Modi to walk the talk. He should deliver his promises to the people of J&K, Ladakh.

NT Bureau