When Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was read down in August 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that special Constitutional status granted to Jammu & Kashmir was the root cause of corruption and misgovernance in the erstwhile state of J&K.
It has now been more than more two years since this constitutional provision has been abrogated, but corruption and misgovernance continues to affect aam aadmi in J&K which is now a Union Territory. On many occasions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the people of J&K that corruption will not be tolerated. But unfortunately, we don’t see any end to it even after being directly ruled by New Delhi for over two years now.
Earlier this year, on the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, the External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar said that J&K has experienced true democracy, development, good governance and empowerment in the last two years. He made similar comments last year as well on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370.
But an analysis of governance at the grassroots level shows reveals the hollowness of these claims. The on-ground situation is that corruption is eating away the vitals of the society in the same way as it did prior to the abrogation of Article 370.