Voters across Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] ignored the poll boycott call given by the separatists and braved the bitter cold to exercise their franchise during the recently held assembly elections. In a major setback to the separatists, pro-democracy parties like the National Conference, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] received a fair share of votes, with the NC and Congress tipped to form an alliance.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] has hailed the results of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections as the victory of democracy.
The state, which has been witness to a bloody era of militancy and extremism, has clearly chosen the agenda of development over separatism.
Do you think that results of the J&K polls show that a well-governed and strong democracy can tackle extremism, by eradicating factors like communalism at its very root?
In view of the increasing number of ruthless terror attacks across India [ Images ] and the war rhetoric between India and Pakistan, do you think that democracy, not war, is the only way to answer terrorism? Tell us!