BJP’s to read down Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5th is being considered as one of the historic decisions taken in Indian political history. We all applauded their efforts to safeguard Indian citizenship irrespective of what happened in the border area in the past. But, the question is what is happening at present?
"Will Suffer Losses But Won't Open Shops." These are the slogans raised in the street vendors' protest in Jammu and Kashmir. Along with schools, hospitals, and public transport, one of the sections of Kashmir that has hit badly is the business of street-side vendors. Each time Kashmir has gone through a difficult phase since 2008, small vendors have suffered. And this time, they are not ready to give up easily.
“Kashmir was not the only state with special status; there are 12 other states with such status so why did they remove our special status alone?” Aamir further added. Sorry, let us tell something about Amir.
Aamir is the sole breadwinner of a six-member family who dropped out of his MA English course after completing the first two semesters. The financial condition of his family has only worsened since the continuous strikes and curfews that became the mainstay of the Valley since 2008.
Aamir thus had no option but to choose between work and studies. “If I don’t work, we will starve. What is the use of such an education that will leave me and my family hungry?” he asked. Every day, Aamir sets up a shop near Astan Chowk in the Pampore area of Pulwama district. He sells clothes. Business is usually not bad. He would earn between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 a day. Now, it has drastically come down to Rs 200 to Rs 300. The reason is that he only opens the shop for one hour.
Their own people wouldn’t let them to open shops and pelted stones to close them down being alienated and cheated upon by Delhi, as they think. Until now they used to blame Hurriyat, but who is responsible for this mess now, will anyone say?