Abrogation of Article 370 to bring immense benefits for Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh: President Kovind

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In his address to the nation on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed confidence that Abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh in to two UTs will be of immense benefit to the people of these regions.

President Kovind said, “I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country. These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to the Right to Education; accessing public information through the Right to Information; reservations in education and employment and other facilities for traditionally deprived communities; and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq.”  

President Kovind also said, “The illustrious generation that led us to freedom did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. They considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation building and national welding. Their objective was to improve the life of each individual, each family and of society as a whole.”

Expressing confidence and belief that India will never lose its capacity to listen to the feeblest voice, President Kovind said, “I say this with the confidence and belief that India will never lose its capacity to listen to the feeblest voice; that it will never lose sight of its ancient ideals; that it will forget neither its sense of fairness nor its sense of adventure. We Indians are a people who dare to explore the moon and Mars. We are also a people who persevere to create a loving habitat for three of every four wild tigers on our planet, because it is characteristic of Indianness to empathise with nature and with all living beings.”