India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) Elections 2014: Future of Jammu and Kashmir Issue

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Abstract:

The cost of the unresolved issue of Jammu and Kashmir has become intolerable for the people of Jammu and Kashmir as they are subject to the atrocities of the Indian Occupational Forces (IOF). The people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) have been constantly raising their voices against these atrocities and demanded for the right of self-determination. However, India is using more than 700,000 IOF personnel to crush these voices through bullet, besides implanting pro-Indian regimes to dominate political freedom of the people. This bullet- and-ballot policy has been prevalent in all the elections in IOK. Similarly, the 2014 elections have been largely viewed with skepticism and considered as illegitimate and futile. Furthermore, an uneven alliance between People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) indicated more detrimental future for Jammu and Kashmir. The broader aim of this study is to analyse the outcome of 2014 elections in IOK. The study attempts to evaluate the impact of pre-and-post elections policies of PDP and BJP, and its governance over the past 14 months.

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