The possibilities of a parliamentary majority at 40 months in both Houses, tending towards 80%, through 2019 and beyond are both transformative and dynamic. This momentum describes a spectacular political consolidation and enormous personal popularity of the Prime Minister, with polls giving him over 70% approval ratings.
The studied decision of the Supreme Court to expand the ambit of the petition challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution (that allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir to define state residency and its concomitant rights), by referring the matter to a three-judge bench in response to a plea by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, that it warranted a “larger debate”, has stirred up a hornets’ nest and raised the hackles of Kashmiri political leaders.
Foreign funding to NGOs in Kashmir is not a new phenomenon. Since 1988-89, when thousands of Kashmiri youths joined jihadi training in Muzaffarabad, funds kept flowing to groups like HuA, JKLF, Hizbul Mujahideen and All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir from Pakistan’s ISI, through the hawala route and even through the use of fraudulent bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir. The aim was to kill the Indian armed forces, Kashmir police personnel, government officials and select civilians.