On August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood, dividing it into two union territories. In this series – ‘One Year in a Disappeared State’ – The Wire will look at what the last year has meant and what the region looks like now.
In this episode of National Security Conversations, Dr Happymon Jacob speaks to Altaf Bukhari (founding president, of Jammu and Kashmir’s Apni Party) about the political situation in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bukhari, a former minister in the J&K cabinet, explains what prompted him and his colleagues to come together and create the Apni Party. He also discusses the core agenda and vision of his party that responds to a new political context in Jammu and Kashmir.
The discussion also brings to light the general sentiment on the ground and the resulting political trends in the union territory, a year after losing its statehood.