Rejoinder to Modi Govt. on Presidential address, was Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Bhartiya

   “Describing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation as ‘Pravasi Bhartiya’ and depicting his image as Pravasi Bhartiya in the Presidential Address on 9th June, 2014 was in a bad taste. It did not go with the dignity of the Father of Nation”, stated Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of the National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council.

NPP leader said that there was no concept of ‘NRI’ in 1915 when Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a Barrister returned to his motherland. India was under British Rule and every Indian had to carry a British passport. The concept of NRI was introduced after 1947. The NRI was differentiated from the residents of India for the purpose of Income Tax which has been elaborated in Section 6 of the Income Tax Act. He said Mahatma Gandhi was never a Pravasi Bhartiya nor he took over any job in foreign country. He was a Barrister-at-Law and could practice in any of the British governed country. Prof.Bhim Singh expressed surprise how an elite and visionary President of India signed this address which suffers from many anomalies and short falls.

Prof.Bhim Singh felt that Modi government has been exposed by its silence on the fate of Article 370 of the Constitution of India which has lasted for 65 years though it was only a temporary provision.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that the BJP had made commitment on the eve of Lok Sabha elections to the Ladakhies that BJP shall grant ‘Union Territory’ status to Ladakh. Why the Presidential address is silent on the issue? Can the Parliament grant any such status to Ladakh when the Parliament of India has no power or competence to legislate on any matter vis-à-vis J&K?