This is a second post which exposes how money plays its part in Jammu and Kashmir politics. The previous post, a leaked Wikileaks cable, revealed how money is regularly being paid to political players in the state.

This post is aimed at those naive journalists/editors (or pretending to be naive) who are shocked at former Army Chief Gen VK Singh’s statement that Army paid certain ministers in J&K government to maintain stability in the state. The only surprising thing about his statement is that for the first time the admission has come from an official level and that too from a former Army Chief.

We are a bit surprised to see so many prominent people being shocked at former Army Chief General VK Singh’s statement that Indian Army paid money to certain Jammu and Kashmir government ministers to maintain stability in the state. This is an open fact in Jammu and Kashmir.

Read this US State Department Cable originating from its Delhi Embassy on February 3, 2006. The cable, titled ‘Kashmiri Politics as filthy as Dal Lake’, was released by Wikileaks and reveals details about political corruption in Jammu and Kashmir.

By far the most important aspect of illegal economy in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in valley which has received minimum attention, is the introduction of fake Indian currency. During last decade the role of fake currency in impacting the socio-economic scene in Kashmir Valley is more than anything else.

Injection of fake currency seems to have crossed the boundaries of clandestine operations. It is becoming the part of socio-economic culture.