New Delhi, Aug. 18 -- JT Namgyal, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) MP from the twodistrict Ladakh Union Territory (UT), must be happy man. Soon after his forceful arguments in the recently concluded Parliament session that Ladakh's political aspiration, development, language, and culture had been curtailed by Article 370, and the Congress' pampering of the Kashmir Valley, comes the good news that the Centre is planning a raft of initiatives to shore up the local economy. Reports suggest that Leh could soon get the Smart City tag.

The desire for development is an emotive issue across the country, and the allocation of resources can get intensely competitive. If Namgyal blames the Sunni-majority Kashmir Valley for cornering maximum central...