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Are India's Himalayan states economically viable?
For the cost of maintaining J&K, since independence, India could have bought a dozen J&Ks...the state barely raises a fourth of the resources it needs to spend to keep going.
The fact is that India spends a huge amount of money on J&K (and other Himalayan states). It is not that India is a rich country which can afford to indulge. With 40% of India's population living in grinding poverty on less than a dollar a day, it is high time India got its priorities right.
Hill states which are well integrated with India can coagulate their populations into larger, more viable towns and cities in the plains and the states' mountains can revert back to pristine nature....it makes little sense to have widely dispersed settlements dotting inaccessible mountainsides....these are prohibitively expensive to service and administer...
In case of J&K, the Jammu region can work out a similar solution and be fully integrated with India...the Jhelum valley populated by people who for whaever reasons perhaps may not wish to stay with India can be let go to whoever can undertake to feed them...at least that will stop them biting the hand that feeds them.