As far as the people of the now almost erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir are concerned, they have been rejoicing since Monday.
Be it the Kashmir valley, on the two regions of Jammu and Ladakh, the joy is palpable at the govt’s move to do away with the special status which was more a millstone round the neck of the people of the state..than a garland.
Celebrations marked the morning of the day after as news sank in about the monumental changes that have been effected in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Ladakh woke up to celebrations marking the fulfillment of their long cherished dream of Union Terrirtory status finally coming true.
In Jammu people took to the streets to celebrate the historic decision, of the revocation of Art 370. Activists of the Dogra Front led by its President Ashok Gupta distributed sweets to people. In Udhampur too people in large numbers particapted in spontaneous celebrations.
The magnitude of the decision to transform the state of Jammu and Kashmir received praise and support across the nation.
In Mumbai, Businessman Zafar Sareshwala, said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can now look forward to similar development as has been seen in the state of Gujarat.
Activists from Jammu and Kashmir residing abroad also welcomed the decision.
They believe that changing the status quo is like breathing new life into the region and renews hope of a permanent solution.
All in all, the positive mood of change is sweeping across Jammu and Kashmir, with the barriers to development, disguised as safeguards, Art 370 and 35A, being removed.
Now a breath of fresh air, through investments and opportunities would flow through the open doors of the two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.