Policing J&K; Videshi Babu; Pakistani Plight

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Policing J&K
Jammu and Kashmir is at a crucial stage of history. The Union Territory hit the international headlines for the large lithium reserve discovery by the Geological Survey of India. The UT is showing early signs of becoming an economic actor.

The security apparatus of the UT invites close scrutiny, and The Asian Age in an Editorial has claimed that the Central Reserve Police Forces would principally be tasked for policing job in the Kashmir valley, and Jammu and Kashmir Police will be in an auxiliary role. The daily has commented on own news break. It stated that while Army played major role during the height of terrorism, the CRPF and the Border Security Force (BSF) had been dealing with the internal security tasks in Kashmir and Jammu region respectively. The daily also underlined that over the years J&K Police, now merged with AGMUT cadre, transformed into an efficient force. The daily advised that J&K Police must retain its functions.

Indeed, the Centre must keep the J&K Police at the forefront, which has made supreme sacrifices in fight against Pakistan-exported terrorists. There are reports that arms abandoned by the US Forces in Afghanistan have found their ways in the Kashmir valley in the hands of terrorists. The J&K Police should be adequately equipped to deal with the challenges, while it must be stressed that the policing of civilians cannot be the job of paramilitary forces under any circumstances.

Videshi Babu

It shouldn’t surprise any if they are told that the rich of the country have been leaving India. Film star Akshaya Kumar is the brand ambassador of this class. He makes his money in India, but holds the Canadian passport.

The New Indian Express has sought to link Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman reducing the income tax charges from 37 per cent to 25 per cent to the eagerness to stem the exodus of the rich to destinations such as Portugal, the US, Australia, Greece and Malta. The Madurai-based daily has claimed that the rich are leaving India for lack of lack of quality of life, infrastructure and ease of doing business. The daily also sought to link the data of the people abandoning their Indian passports (2.25 lakh in 2022, and 14.19 lakh in last 10 years).

The issue should not be worth a lament, for the developed world is hit by greying population. Migration of the people is indeed natural, and obviously the rich go to the developed world. The strength of the Indian diaspora needs no reiteration. Remittances equal annual flow of foreign direct investment (FDI). India is rightly calling for greater migration of the people. India should rather create ecosystem wherein even those who surrender their passports stay connected with the country.

Pakistani Plight

Pakistan continues to be on the tenterhook over the prospects of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailing out the Islamic nation. The IMF delegation left Islamabad after 10 days without speaking a single word of comfort, while prospects of inked paper remain elusive.

The Hindu in an Editorial has stated that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is hopeful that an IMF bailout is on its way. The Chennai-based daily stated that the annual inflation was 27.5 per cent in January, urban areas are reeling under power blackouts, foreign currency reserves have dipped below $3 billion. The daily has underlined that unless Pakistan undertakes structural reforms, including reigning in the military, and improving relations with neighbours such as India, Islamabad may not find lasting solutions to cyclical economic challenges.

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