The 33-year-old Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, one of the youngest MPs in the Lok Sabha from India’s largest parliamentary seat, geographically – Ladakh, pleasantly surprised spectators with his exemplary speech in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday supporting the effective abrogation of Article 370 and proposal to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.
About twenty minutes later, when the first-time MP finished his speech, he won all-round appreciation, including from the BJP leadership, colleagues, peers in Parliament and those outside who were watching the proceedings on television. He made his mark as a parliamentarian, and has become a star in the BJP’s ranks.
Namgyal touched upon a range of issues, including alienation, secularism, the religious divide and the possibility of a rise of secessionism. He also gave a point-by-point rebuttal to the concerns that were raised by speakers from parties which opposed the Centre’s move — such as the Congress, Left, DMK and National Conference.
The Ladakh MP particularly lashed out at Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference, who had earlier spoken on how the move would further alienate Kashmiris and create unrest among the people. Responding to Namgyal’s speech, BJP members sitting around him, as also home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and minister for textiles and women and child development Smriti Irani, laughed and thumped their desks.
Namgyal also mentioned anecdotes from Ladakh and Jammu, and the agitations he participated in during his student days, to buttress his arguments.
It shows that his knowledge about the region does not come from books but from his first-hand knowledge, which is rooted in ground realities.