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People Sided With Democracy

Participation in voting reflects a strong endorsement of democracy by the people of Kashmir
12:00 AM May 16, 2024 IST | SHABIR IBN YUSUF
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Photo: Aman Farooq/ GK
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The Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency witnessed a significant surge in voter turnout, marking a crucial moment in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The high participation of voters in the electoral process, especially in the absence of any hartal call or incidents of violence, reflects a strong endorsement of democracy by the people of Kashmir.

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The recent polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat recorded a turnout of 38%, the highest since 1996, indicating a notable shift in the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir. This surge in participation is particularly significant given the history of low voter turnout and disruptions in previous elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The absence of a hartal call, which is often used as a means to protest or boycott elections, suggests a changing attitude among the populace towards the democratic process.

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The peaceful conduct of the elections in Srinagar, with no reports of violence or disturbances, is a positive development that bodes well for the democratic process in valley. It reflects a growing sense of normalcy and stability, which is crucial for the overall development and progress of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The high turnout in Srinagar is also a testament to the efforts of the Election Commission and security forces especially Jammu and Kashmir Police in ensuring a conducive environment for elections. The increased voter participation signals a desire among the people of Jammu and Kashmir to have their voices heard and to actively participate in shaping the future of Jammu and Kashmir through democratic means.

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Overall, the high turnout in the Srinagar parliamentary seat, coupled with the absence of a hartal call and violence, is a positive sign for democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. It demonstrates that the people of valley are eager to engage in the democratic process and are willing to work towards a peaceful and prosperous future.

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The recently concluded phase of elections in the region marks a significant milestone: the first peaceful election since the abrogation of Article 370. This development underscores the growing sense of normalcy and stability in the region, as people exercised their democratic right to vote without fear or intimidation.

One of the most striking aspects of this election has been the absence of violence. In previous elections, the region often witnessed incidents of violence and unrest. However, this time, the polling process was largely peaceful, reflecting a positive shift in the region's political landscape.

The peaceful conduct of the election is a testament to the efforts of various stakeholders, including the Election Commission, security forces, political parties, and most importantly, the people of Kashmir . Their collective determination to ensure a peaceful election has played a crucial role in the success of this phase.

The abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was a bold and historic decision by the government. While it was met with some apprehension initially, the peaceful conduct of the election demonstrates that the decision has started to yield dividends. It has opened up new avenues for development and progress in Jammu and Kashmir , empowering its people and fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging.

As we look ahead to the next two phases of the election, it is imperative that we continue to build on this positive momentum. We must come out in large numbers to vote, ensuring that our voices are heard and our aspirations are represented. It is through such democratic processes that we can shape the future of our region and build a better tomorrow for generations to come.

( The author is senior staffer Greater Kashmir)

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