What India can lose if they lost Kashmir?

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“Kashmir will be an integral part of India” Indians are stubborn on this statement and they won’t let it go easily or by any means, you can understand the importance of  Kashmir by the military deployment of India in the valley.

Indian Army's Para Special Forces Operative in the Valley during a Counter Insurgency Operation
Indian Army’s Para Special Forces Operative in the Valley during a Counter Insurgency Operation

 

Any country deploy its military to any place when the place has utmost strategical importance for the country.That’s the same reason we can smell behind the large number of troops deployment in the Kashmir valley. Some of the major points which force India to secure this part of its territory are stated below:

 Indian Hydropower projects in the valley

An independent assessment has revealed that Jammu and Kashmir’s hydropower potential is 25,000 megawatts, much higher than the state government’s estimated figure of 16000 to 20,000 megawatts.

Baglihar Dam on the Chenab River in the southern Doda
Baglihar Dam on the Chenab River in the southern Doda

Indian hydropower projects show that Indian have understood the strategic importance of these projects. Now it is presenting real dangerous intention of India to diplomatically retaliate to the Pakistani sponsored terrorism. The hydropower project will give the control and command of water of Jhelum, and its subsidiaries which India can block anytime to destroy the crops fields and water supply main stand of Pakistan.

Chamera Lake and the Pir-Panjal ranges
Chamera Lake and the Pir-Panjal ranges

The voices over this issue in India is already in this case despite having international pressure. India can use its hydropower projects as the weapon of mass destruction against the Pakistani’s.

There are currently 18 hydropower projects which are either built or in the pipeline. After them the valley which will have enormous supply of electricity to Kashmir and important strategic advancement to India.

Mineral deposits

The mineral and power resources are the backbones of the industrial and technological development of a country or a region. Moreover, transportation and accessibility, costs, and supply and demand are the major determinants of industrial development. It is often said that the economic prosperity, in­dustrial development, technological advancement and overall social well-being of a region/country are largely dependent on minerals, power, and human resources.

Sapphire Mines in Kashmir, Source - fieldgemology.org
Sapphire Mines in Kashmir, Source – fieldgemology.org

Kashmir is not that much rich in coal but whatever they have they have the one of the finest coal in the country. The high grade of Jammu coal is due to the organic forces, affecting the coalification in­crease towards the west. Thus, carbonizing the original vegetal deposits Middlemiss has estimated the quantity available at 100,000,000 tons with mining at ordinary depth. Some of the Riasi semi-anthracite contain 60 to 82 percent of fixed carbon, other than coal Kashmir have small reserves of precious stones like gold and ruby, other minerals are also present in small quantity in the valley.

Source - fieldgemology.org
Source – fieldgemology.org

 Apart from coal, many other minerals are also found in the soil of the valley which make it one of the significant spot for national natural treasure.

Strategic importance

Kashmir shares great strategic importance for India, it gives them various vantage points to counter and recon any Pakistani activity which can prove harmful to Indian interest.

BSF troops helping civilians on Border
BSF troops helping civilians on Border

Kashmir’s northern flank had served for previous Indo-Pak wars hence securing Kashmir means securing a war front. Apart from that most Pakistani military establishments are located in northern part of Pakistan that make the northern front very crucial for Indian safety.

An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan amid fog in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 10, 2013. Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier on Thursday in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani army said, in the worst outbreak of violence in the area since the nuclear-armed neighbours agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)
An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan amid fog in Suchetgarh, southwest of Jammu January 10, 2013. Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier on Thursday in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani army said, in the worst outbreak of violence in the area since the nuclear-armed neighbors agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

Northwestern part of Kashmir is the only way by which India can connect to Leh, Ladakh which serves as the important strategic point in case if china does something nasty.

Tourism

In Jammu, Vaishno Devi lonely attract 1 crore visitors per year making revenue around 475 crore rupees per year while Kashmir makes around 3000 crore rupees while in rest and in the peak days it touches 4k to 5k crore rupees.

Kashmir makes 3000 crore rupees per year by tourism
Kashmir makes 3000 crore rupees per year by tourism

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