It is said that the residents of the Northern Areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, namely, Gilgit and Baltistan have expressed their desire to join the province of Ladakh of the Jammu and Kashmir state of Indian Administered Kashmir, after the Abrogation of the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution conferring Special Status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, including Ladakh. Many Indians are thrilled at the rumour, as it means ‘One More Feather In India’s Cap, or One More Bastion won back from Pakistan , that would be an unprecedented achievement for India, thanks to the daring step of revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A by Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, which by itself is an excellent and long due feat.
However, For All We know, the attempt of inclusion of Gilgit and Baltistan in the Union Territories of Ladakh or Jammu-Kashmir, is fraught with danger. For Pak Occupied Kashmir is not the same today as it was immediately after its conquest in 1947. Now these Northern Areas of POK have been already infiltrated by the network laid down by China with connivance of Pakistan for construction of the planned China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will make it difficult for India to acquire unless we are prepared for War with Pakistan who will be supported by China and possibly the United Nations. Moreover Pakistan has made Gilgit a part of Pakistan proper recently, but the procedural formalities are still pending.
So Even if India somehow succeeds in getting back POK, It will be at risk of the Chinese finding their way into Ladakh and spreading their CPEC network far and wide into Ladakh as well as in the Indian Subcontinent, aided by the Abolition of the Article 35A alongside Article 370, given that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are now converted from a separate special State, to Union Territories directly under India. If not the whole of India, the Chinese will at least surely occupy the whole of Ladakh under the pretext of expanding their Schemes of CPEC and OBOR (One Belt One Road), which may compromise the territorial security of India.
The Worst that can happen – which cannot be ruled out entirely, knowing the usurping nature of China – might be that Ladakh, having been made a Union Territory separate from Jammu and Kashmir, could be dragged back to become a part of Tibet as it was before conquest by the Maharajah of Jammu in 1840 AD on racial and historical grounds and thereby slide under the sovereignty of China proper!
This may seem like nightmarish and far fetched thinking, but such prospects no longer appearso distant. For it is no secret that China is trying to engulf many Indian and other states in the Himalayan region that are populated by Mongoloid tribes, e.g. Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Bhutan, over and above Shaksgam Valley and Aksai Chin of Baltistan which it has already taken, like a Big Fish swallowing Small Fish and is watching the political developments in India like a Hawk !
(Also the Indian Economy is a more pressing issue now than getting back POK, which will impose a further load on our resources. Hence the crucial question- Does India really need POK? Is it worth the heavy toll the mission will take of our already stressed Financial position besides our Military Strength?)