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India exploiting Kashmir’s electricity resource to enrich other Hindu-majority states

On January 7th, the Jammu and Kashmir Hindu-nationalist administration, led by Manoj Sinha, decided to enter a 40-year power deal with Rajasthan, further depleting the occupied region’s resources despite its chronic power deficiency.

India has always eyed Kashmir’s water resources and its capabilities to generate electricity for the rest of India, while intentionally depriving Kashmir of the electricity it produces.

Currently, Kashmir is facing an unprecedented electricity crisis. Speaking to us, various Kashmiri families informed us that they are provided barely 2-3 hours of electricity in a day in the ongoing winters. Winters in Kashmir are very cold and lack of electricity makes life very difficult and harsh. 

The political parties have criticized the administration’s decision, pointing out that JK is itself experiencing a “severe power crisis”. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has stated that supplying electricity to Rajasthan from Kashmir would “rob” the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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