NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Prof. Suba Chandran will speak on "J&K, one year later: Is it time for the Union government to consider an exit strategy?"

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Title: J&K, one year later: Is it time for the Union government to consider an exit strategy?



D. Suba Chandran

Professor & Dean, School of Conflict and Security Studies





Rajaram Nagappa

Hon. Visiting Professor

International Strategic & Security Studies Programme (ISSSP)



Date & Time: 11 November 2020 at 4.00 PM



The Union government made a bold move in August 2019 in changing the status of erstwhile J&K State. Ever since there have been numerous other changes, the latest one in the series is the law relating to the purchase of land in J&K by the outsiders.

The changes since August 2019 have crucial fallouts within J&K and between the two regions – Jammu and Kashmir Valley at political, sub-regional and inter-community levels. Outside the two regions, Ladakh is separated from the erstwhile State and made into an independent Union Territory. Inside J&K, political leaders from Kashmir Valley were placed under detention, though now most of them have been released.  Externally, in the immediate neighbourhood, the changes by the Union government has created a ripple vis-à-vis Pakistan and China. At the global level, the responses have been muted from some areas and critical from the other.

Now one year later, is it time for the Union government to take stock of the developments, and pursue a course correction? Do some decisions need further cementing, and some modifications and even a reversal? What could be an exit strategy for the government in J&K?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020