10 May, 2021

A Pause In Jammu

Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh (left); Choudhary Lal SIngh, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party
A Pause In Jammu

Since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, ­politicians of Jammu have been doing little besides watching the evolving situation from a distance. The only political statements coming out of Jammu region are from the BJP, eulogising anything the Centre does—the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, for example. “The other politicians are terrified,” says former J&K education minister and Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh. “They were threatened; they caved in and fled like rats. Their silence doesn’t mean all is well and they are happy with the developments. We too were asked to keep away from political ­activities, but we haven’t been silent. We tried to take out a march to call for restoration of statehood.”

Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party chairman Choudhary Lal Singh, a former minister, hasn’t been to his assembly constituency, Basohli, in the past many months. He spends most of his time in his farms in Kathua. “I was in custody for over three months,” he says. “I lost from both the Lok Sabha...

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