Statistics and Hard Facts:
Erestwhile State of J&K (now UT) in India has an Area of 101380 sq Km. This however excludes the area annexed by Pakistan.
Kashmir : 15%
Jammu : 26%
Ladakh : 59%
85,000 sq Km comprising 85% area is not Muslim Majority.
Population – 1.25 Crores
Kashmir : 69 Lakhs. (Only 55 Lakhs speak Kashmiri. Rest 13 lakhs speak Non kashmiri languages.)
Jammu : 53 Lakhs.
(Language: Dogri, Punjabi, Hindi)
Ladakh : 03 Lakhs. (Ladakhi language)
This does not include 1.5 million people settled in Jammu who do not have citizenship due to article 35-A.
There are 22 districts in J&K. Out of which only 5 Districts where separatists are active:
Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah, Kulgam and Pulwama. Other 17 districts are peacefully supporting India. Thus separatist’s writ runs in just 15% of the population which are Sunni Muslim dominated.
Interestingly these 5 districts are far away from Pakistan Border/LOC.
There are more than fourteen major Religious/ ethinic groups comprising 85% of the population of J&K who are with India. These include:
- Shias ;
- Dogras: (Rajputs, Brahmins & Mahajans);
- Kashmiri Pandits;
- Buddhists ( Ladakhis );
- Christians & many more.
Majority of the people in J&K do not speak Kashmiri as their mother tongue. It’s Dogri, Gujjari, Punjabi, Ladhaki , Pahari etc.
Only 33 % people in Kashmir speak Kashmiri & this group controls narrative from Hurriyat to militants and from NC and PDP.
This 33% controls business, bureaucracy & agriculture. Some of these sunni out of 33% are opposed to India although total population of all other muslims in JK is 69 %.
Shias (12%), Gujjars Muslims (14%), Pahadi Muslims ( 8%), Buddhists , Pandits, Sufis, Christians and Jammu Hindus/ Dogras ( aprox 45%) are totally opposed to separatism and Pakistan.
Stone pelting , Hoisting of Pakistani/ISIS flags & Anti India demonstrations are held in just 5 Districts in Kashmir valley.
Other 17 districts have never participated in such activities.
Poonch and Kargil have above 90% Muslim population. There has never been any anti India or separatist protest in these districts.
It is only the Anti National Media and other Anti India forces who with their own nefarious designs have created an impression that “WHOLE J&K” is against India.
Whereas the truth is that just 15% of the Population comprising Sunni Muslims inhabiting 5 Districts of Kashmir province are fanning the separatist activities.
It appears that Govt. Administration is reaching out to 85% people in the State who are proud Indians and formulating the plans to isolate, name and shame those supporting Pakistan and Islamic State.