As the 2014 general elections approach, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress President, Sonia Gandhi visited Kashmir valley. With the region experiencing the carnage of terrorism, development is the word which the people of the valley are looking up for.
After the inauguration of the new rail link and PM assuring support for the development of the state, the populace has now acquired new hopes to look forward to in a state where terrorism poses a colossal obstacle in the path of progress. Be it an election stunt or a general concern, the government is trying to develop its ideas of advancement to facilitate the people of Kashmir.
Will the government at the centre and at state level be able to subdue terrorism and remove the hindrance from the way or is it just a part of the campaign where only promises are made of development? People are getting slaughtered in the valley and poverty is still a setback. Kashmir is one issue, the solution of which with our neighboring country looks to be far-fetched and certain groups with radical thoughts will try to overturn the development projects in the area.
The people of Kashmir want peace and growth of opportunities and the security forces present at the valley have a very significant role to play in its development. There is a need of giving exposure to the people of Kashmir and the government has been working on it, but the bloodshed carried on by the terrorists has inculcated a sense of fear in the general public of the valley. The government will first have to get the people out of the ambit of terror and set an example in order to make them feel secure. A state can be called fully developed only when the people of that state know that they can use the resources provided by a progressing state with a mind without fear.
The government and the security forces are doing a commendable job to maintain peace in the state and are putting their efforts in the development of the valley but the terror activities are not coming to an absolute halt in the region. The state now needs a solution to the problem of terrorism with the government taking stern decisions to curb the peril and with that the development of the state should be carried forward in order to make the people of Jammu and Kashmir lead a better life.