The recent Chinese move has come at the time when the US and China are locked in a confrontational relationship, and when the world, including China, is battling a pandemic.
In order to exert its regional hegemony by humiliating India while sending a message to the West, China will not withdraw from its currently occupied positions in Pangong Tso and Depsang.
A major benefit of integration is that Indian laws are now applicable throughout J&K and Ladakh.
In overplaying its hand in the Galwan Valley, Beijing has made a close US-India alliance all but inevitable.
The 1993 agreement left 23 flashpoints out of control.
There is surprise. There's happiness. But there are also concerns. There's no one word to describe the mood of Jammu.
This is a carpe-diem moment for fashion designers in the UTs, to celebrate their cultural identity, educate about their roots and tell their rich textile story in designs that go beyond the pheran.
Kashmir's leaders ruined their region with militancy, were cruelly indifferent to Ladakh and totally oppressive to Jammu. It's time for that to change and us Dogras to regain our voice.
With Ladakh finally declared a union territory, its people are ecstatic. We Ladakhis always felt closer to Delhi. Now we will get development and enjoy peace without someone else's hassles.
The removal of Article 370 means Ladakh is finally free of Kashmir and can be a Union Territory. The Ladakhis are thrilled for this means real development, denied to us thus far by Kashmir.