Mahabharat Ratan Lala Lajpat Rai paid homage on his 150th Birth Anniversary

Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lala Lajpat Rai an undaunted hero of the freedom movement was paid rich homage today on his 150th Birth Anniversary. The political leaders, members of the civil society and non-political organizations hailed the proclamation made by Prof. Bhim Singh declaring Lala Lajpat Rai as Mahabharat Ratan. Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council had announced 20 Mahabharat Ratans on the 117th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose which included Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Netaji Subhash Chander Bose, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Rani Jhansi, Tipu Sultan, Shah Zafar, Asfaqullah Khan, Rajguru, Chander Shekhar, General Zorawar Singh, Kunwar Singh, Khudi Ram Bose, Mohd. Ali Johar, Shokat Ali Johar, Sardar Udham Singh among others.
Prof. Bhim Singh said that 43 Bharat Ratans were declared by the Central Govt. ignoring those who had fought for the freedom of the country and died for the freedom of the country. They were ignored by the Govt. He said this was in response and wishes of 1.20 billion people of the country that these 20 heroes who were the greatest martyrs have been declared as Mahabharat Ratans.
Lala Lajpat Rai while leading a protest against the Simon Commission and the denouncing Jallianwala massacre was lathicharged and killed by British police on November 17, 1928. He was elected as a President of Indian National Congress in 1920 yet the Congress did not care to shower the real honour on these great Mahabharat Ratans.
The prominent among those who participated included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Sukhwinder Singh Siddhu, Dildar Hussain (President, Rashtriya Muslim Ekta Manch), Sushil Khanna (Bhim Brigade), Manmohan Singh Bedi, Kishore Sharma, Rohit Singh, Advocate D. Vidyanan

dam, Asma and others.

Supreme Court to hear Panthers Party’s petition challenging validity of J&K Resettlement Law

The Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice Shri P. Sathasivam today ordered listing of the writ petition of J&K National Panthers Party challenging the validity of the Law on Resettlement of the Pakistani nationals and their descendents who had migrated voluntarily to Pakistan from J&K in 1947. The other judges on the division bench were JJ Mr. Ranjan Gogoi & Mr. Shiva Kirti Singh.

The Panthers Party had challenged the Resettlement Act in 2001 after a reference to the President of India was returned unheard in 2001. The Govt. headed by Mrs. Gandhi had referred the matter to the then President of India, Giani Jail Singh in 1984 seeking the opinion of the Supreme Court whether such a Law in connection with the citizenship rights to the foreigners could be enacted by the J&K Assembly. The authority of the legislature of J&K has been challenged as the matter dealt with the citizenship rights, which is the Central Subject alone. The petitioner has also challenged the Resettlement Act (now a Law) on the ground that it exceeded the authority of J&K legislature to issue entry permits to the descendents of the migrants of 1947 who had migrated to Pakistan of their own will.

The petitioner had expressed grave concern on the entry of nearly 5 lacs Pakistanis (unlimited number of descendents including wives, widows, children, grandchildren and others) all Pakistani nationals to J&K which can be catastrophic to the security of the state and put the entire nation on fire.  Besides, more than 5 lacs POK refugees in J&K sitting as allottees over the evacuee properties (houses and land) shall be evicted/thrown out from their houses and land. That shall give rise to havoc in already terrorism plagued state.                        

The Resettlement Act (known as Bill no.9) was enacted by the J&K legislature under the leadership of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah, the then Chief Minister of J&K. The bill was opposed by Prof. Bhim Singh, the then MLA (Member, Legislative Assembly) of the Congress Party. The Congress had shunted him out of the party for opposing the bill. Prof. Bhim Singh challenged the ‘notorious Act’ in the Supreme Court of India and resigned from the Congress Party and his seat in the Assembly also. The then newly organized BJP also filed a similar petition in the Supreme Court of India through its first President, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The petition was admitted by Justice G.B. Pattanaik & Justice Mr. R.P. Sethi on 09.01.2002 and the operation of the Resettlement Act was stayed. The Supreme Court issued rule by admitting the writ petition with a stay order on 11.11.2002.

Prof. Bhim Singh this morning made a special mentioning before the Chief Justice, Shri P. Sathasivam requesting the Supreme Court to fix the matter at the earliest as the matter has been pending for over 12 years. He submitted that a division bench headed by Justice Mr. P. Sathasivam (presently the Chief Justice of India) had issued order on 01.07.2011 to list the matter on 04.07.2011. He submitted that the matter is urgent and concerns the security of the state and therefore it needs to be heard without any delay.

The Chief Justice directed that the case be heard on 05.03.2014.