Nullification of Article 370, Creation J&K and Ladakh as UTs Ends 70 Years of Discrimination: Rajnath Singh

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New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the decision taken by the Government over the last few days in nullifying Article 370 and creating two Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has ended the discrimination faced by the people during the last 70 years.

Addressing the annual general body meeting of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi on August 8, Rajnath Singh said the groundwork towards a permanent solution for this issue has been laid during the first term of Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The decision will have some effects, he added saying that the neighbouring country is not happy and it will try to disturb peace. “Our Armed Forces have accepted the security challenge and are fully prepared to meet any threats.”

The Defence Minister urged the IDSA to carry out careful, meaningful and five-dimensional analysis as new threats emerged in cyber and space domains in addition to the traditional threats from land, air and sea. He also suggested that IDSA can study and speed up processes of import of defence merchandise.

Rajnath Singh said: “The Government adopted neighbourhood first policy which treats countries sharing land as well as maritime boundary with India as our neighbours.”

It was reflected by Prime Minister Modi’s first visit abroad in his second term to Maldives and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Mozambique.

Rajnath Singh was unanimously elected President of IDSA by its Executive Council. Sujan R. Chinoy, Director General, IDSA, welcomed the Defence Minister and briefed him on the role and functions of IDSA. The Defence Minister planted a sapling at the IDSA premises in the presence of scholars and members of IDSA.

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