Girish Chandra Murmu, a former bureaucrat who served Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, administered the oath of Kashmir's first lieutenant governor in a ceremony held under tight security. Under the Indian constitution, a union territory, unlike a state, is managed by the federal government. The boundaries define the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The move is in accordance with the Government's August 5 announcement withdrawing the State's Special Status under Article 370 and bifurcating the State into Union Territories.
Talking subsequent to a very big statue of independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his dwelling direct of Gujarat, High Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed a "intellectual future" for the Himalayan intention.
Indian authorities also changed the name of the state-run radio station Radio Kashmir Srinagar to All India Radio Srinagar.
'Madam Speaker, the people of Jammu and Kashmir deserve better and Prime Minister Modi was right to take bold steps to address this situation. However, Leh and Kargil areas under the new UT of Ladakh were never declared as disturbed.
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Article 370 was temporary and it "might have worked well for those with political connections, but "denied economic opportunities for the people", Mr". Since the sixth or seventh century, Ladakh, to which Buddhism traveled from central India via Tibet, has been variably held by Tibet, India and China. They are quick to point fingers at geopolitical rivals, yet remain mostly silent where the Modi government's excesses in occupied Kashmir are concerned. Holding said, adding that the statute created a "polarising environment" and was "exploited politically".
There have been concerns in both New Delhi and Islamabad that the tensions could cause a jihadist outbreak in retaliation to India's power move.
It may be mentioned that the Chinese foreign ministry's spokesperson reiterated the stance of his government over "bifurcation" a day after the Indian ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar claimed that reorganization of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir was entirely its internal affairs and it did not expect other countries to comment on such matters. The notification also included the Hindi translation of the name change in Roman script - "Jammu, Kashmir aur Ladakh Vibhag".
In a late night notification on Wednesday, the Home Ministry replaced the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the "union territory of Jammu and Kashmir" and announced the omission of "permanent residents or hereditary state subjects".
She also posted the official flag of the erstwhile state which has since been removed from all government buildings and other locations.