Rob Peter & pay Paul Modi’s first budget call

Reacting on the Modi’s government first budget presented in the Parliament today by the Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, the NPP Supremo, Prof.Bhim Singh said that this is the budget of thecorporate, by the corporate and for the corporate. In other words this budget can be described as a promotional budget for the Tatas, Ambanis and Adanis as it proves that Shri Modi has tried to promote those business houses which had given him helping hand during the election to the Lok Sabha. Youth, farmers and working class stand completely ignored.

Cats out of Modi’s bag 1st March, black Sunday in Jammu history

“BJP has always exploited the people of Jammu Pradesh on the one pretext or the other, used communal divide to seek emotional support for the four decades. After the death of Pt. Premnath Dogra ji, the Jammu leadership joined Jan Sangh, then Janata Party and now Bhartiya Janata Party to blackmail the POK and Pakistan refugees settled lawfully in Jammu Pradesh. It was Janata Party with 17 MLAs (BJP) which sold out the interest of the people of Jammu to Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah. It was this group with 17 MLAs who supported Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah’s Bill No.9 in cooperation with the Congress Party. I (Bhim Singh) as Congress MLA had to resign from the party and the Assembly to oppose the Resettlement Bill (which I have been fighting in Supreme Court and got it stayed to stop illegal entry of nearly five lac Pakistanis into J&K (India). It is J&K National Panthers Party which is contesting case in the Supreme Court.

“Janata Party styled itself as Bharatiya Janata Party in 1982 and got into power in 1999. The BJP government supported National Conference government opposing the writ petition in the Supreme Court filed by the Panthers Party vis-à-vis Resettlement Act.

“The BJP hijacked a popular uprising of the people of Jammu Pradesh against the authoritarian rule in 2007 vis-à-vis Shri Amarnath Shrine Board Land Row. It was its blackmail that it got 11 MLAs. Seven out of 11 were adjudged by the BJP leadership for selling the votes in the Legislative Council polls to NC and Congress. They were expelled by the leadership itself. The people of Jammu could not get even peanuts for their sacrifices and street battle they fought while seeking justice and equity for the people of Jammu Pradesh.

          “The people of Jammu Pradesh were swayed away vertical divide during elections. Modi’s money and communal appeal did the same work which GENERAL FRANCO did in Spain during the Second World War and established fascist rule for 35 years. The communal divide backed by Delhi’s government and tones of black money as well as manipulation of EVMs did wonder to fetch 25 MLAs out of 37 in Jammu Pradesh. The BJP promised moon to the people of Jammu Pradesh and finally landed in the lap of a Kashmiri leader (a Congress veteran) who presided the J&K Congress Party for 18 years. Money combined with state power backed by EVMs manipulation brought BJP to take equal seats in Jammu Pradesh with Mufti’s PDP in the Valley. Each party got 25 seats each in their respective home provinces.

“The cats finally were let out of the Prime Minister’s Modi’s bag this day, 27th of February, 2015 when two extremes another words wolf and the lamb decided to form a government in J&K by assaulting the aspirations and the emotions of the people of Jammu Pradesh.” This was the first reaction of Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party who has been opposing the communal forces and their agenda in Jammu as well as in Kashmir.  

          Prof.Bhim Singh had a video conference with the senior leaders of the Panthers Party in Jammu, Udhampur, Srinagar etc. He has made a strong appeal to the leadership of the Panthers Party to rise to the occasion to defeat the reactionary, communal, opportunist and authoritarian forces in J&K who have hijacked the future aspirations and hopes of the entire Jammu Pradesh. He said that resolution lies only in the reorganization of the J&K so that lost dignity and identity of the people of Dogra-Pahari Pradesh is protected and the people of both the provinces are provided their due share in social justice, political equality and development. He said that Panthers Party’s stand for the immediate amendment in Article 370 has been vindicated by the unholy alliance between Modi and Mufti that has betrayed the people of J&K once again.

He called on the Panthers Party activists to take up their banners of democracy to oppose, expose and finally depose opportunist rule of the new alliance. Wisdom lies in daring and the Panthers Party workers have both wisdom and courage as they are adhered to secularism and democracy. He assured his full support to the JKNPP leadership in the state in this resolve and fight.

Why not amendment in Art. 370?

Article 370 has remained a bone of discard right since its insertion in the domain of Constitution of India. Two schools of thought have been exploiting this provision to suit their political ends and the people of J&K are the principal victims of this controversy. What I found embracing is that wherever I go, I attend any political or social seminar or get-together, J&K is the only issue that I face anywhere, may it be Press Club of India, Supreme Court Library, India International Centre or any other social or political gathering. I find myself reduced to a corner of India i.e. so-called issue J&K. The fact is none, may be intellectuals, thinkers, jurists or judges or politicians are prepared to go through the brief contents of Article 370. One school of thought is not prepared to accept its existence whereas the opposite school of thought consider it as a holy and is not prepared even to discuss the subject and find its pluses and minuses.

This Article was introduced, no doubt, in the Constitution of India with a purpose to contain the authority of the then ruler of J&K, namely, Maharaja Hari Singh, living in exile in Bombay and his son Yuvraj Karan Singh was the Regent of the State. The first question that needs answer is why Monarchy in J&K was not terminated during the framing of the Indian Constitution. This is a matter of record that two states namely, Hyderabad and Junagarh never signed the Instruments of Accession with the Dominion of India in 1947 or even later. Both of them were merged into the dominion by the Constituent Assembly of India. On the other hand State of Baroda (now Vadodara) acceded to the Union of India by Maharaja Gaekwad in 1948. That state was also included in the Union of India without any reservation. It is tragedy and shows bankruptcy on the part of the Indian leadership and the intellectuals that none dared probe into this tragedy in the history of India vis-à-vis J&K. The question is important today, that why the Maharaja of J&K who was hated most by Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah both was allowed to be the Monarch of the State at the time of the promulgation of the Constitution on January 26, 1950? Another question that needs to be answered by the present leadership, as the past leadership is no more there to answer these questions, that why and under what circumstances/compulsions the so-called Constituent Assembly of J&K (J&K had constituted a separate Constituent Assembly for J&K to redraft the existing Constitution framed by the Monarch in 1939) terminated/ abolished the existing Monarchy without the consent of the Parliament of India on August 20, 1952. Was that Sheikh Abdullah intended to step into the shoes of the Monarch? Was it that Sheikh Abdullah wanted the implementation of the Dixon Plan to carve out an Islamic Republic of J&K by dissecting the Muslim majority districts of Poonch (Rajouri) and Doda? The third question which is equally relevant what was the cause that let to convince Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the dismissal and arrest of his oldest and trustworthy political friend on August 9, 1953 within a year of the removal of the Monarchy?

I would like to draw the attention of the so-called defenders of Article 370 in the present form about the validity of the provisions of this Article after the Monarchy was abolished? I strongly feel that in the opinion of international jurisprudence and law the provisions of Article 370, a temporary one, became in fructuous after the termination Monarchy. Which is evident from the explanation given in clause (b), (ii) of Article 370 (1) on which made the intention of the Constituent Assembly cleared that Article 370 was meant to tame the Maharaja of J&K and keep him under control of the government he had formed on March 5, 1948 fixing Sheikh Abdullah as the head of the government (Prime Minister). This explanation is set in the following lines;

“Explanation:—For the purposes of this Article, the Government of the State means the person for the time being recognized by the President as the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers for the time being in office under the Maharaja’s Proclamation dated the fifth day of March, 1948.” The entire explanation as reproduced above became in fructuous on August 20, 1952 with the termination of Monarchy in the state. Then with dismissal of Sheikh Abdullah as Prime Minister of J&K on August 9, 1952 brought the entire essence of Article 370 down to the grave of the history. With this Jammu and Kashmir became unquestionable part of the Indian Union which has been admitted in Section 3 of the Constitution of J&K which boldly admitted, “J&K is and shall be an integral part of India” so where is the existence of the stipulation/provisions of Article 370. This Article should have been declared dead and gone/omitted as was done in case of Article 238 of the Constitution. If the Parliament could amend Article 238 or even amend Article 31 of the Constitution of India, why not Article 370 of the Constitution. Article 31 had guaranteed property right as a fundamental right yet it was abrogated by ‘pro-capitalist Janata Party Govt. headed by Shri Morarji Desai’. What stop the Parliament to amend Article 370 which has been instigating disintegration and creating friction and threatening security of the state?

Another dangerous and unacceptable proposition in Article 370 (3) provides that;

“Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this Article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and form such date as he may specify:

Provided that the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2) shall be necessary before the President issues such a satisfaction.

          This proviso has also turned in fructuous after the Constituent Assembly ceased to exist in December, 1956. The Constituent Assembly became dead the day J&K Constitution was born on January 26, 1957. The jurists and the historians have ignored this situation that emerged in the history of J&K. There is no Constituent Assembly in J&K nor even a single member is alive today. There is no provision to reorganize the Constituent Assembly after the insertion of Section 3 in the Constitution of J&K. The President is empowered to act under the scope and mandate of 370 (3) because proviso in Section 3 of this Article has gone in fructuous and non-existent.

Since a political section in the country and a particular leadership has been exploiting the people in favour of Article 370 whereas another section, political hawks, just for electoral gains have been blackmailing the provisions in Article 370. The need and necessity of the hour is to amend this Article as the Parliament is sovereign body in this regard and enjoys sovereign power to amend any provision of the Constitution. This authority in the Parliament is vested in Article 368 of the Constitution of India. What needs to be done that proviso in sub-section 3 of Article 370 should be substituted with another proviso that;

“Provided further that the Parliament shall exercise its legislative and constituent powers, which relate to matters other than those referred to in the last preceding provision listed in List-I (including matters relating to Defence, Foreign Affairs, Communication, Currency and allied matters). The matters covered under List-II & III may be dealt by the State Legislature.”

This is the amendment which is important for the security, integrity and sovereignty of Union of India. I had an occasion to discuss this matter with several Prime Ministers from Mrs. Indira Gandhi to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shri Vajpayee did not disagree with this proposition but, what I feel that time is not in his favour. This matter should go straight to the entire nation from the floors of the Parliament that Parliament is supreme and sovereign to amend any provision in the Constitution of India. Let the entire world understand that and none shall be allowed to play with the sentiments of the people is one way or the other. The unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation is supreme and non-negotiable.

Bhim Singh

(Chief Patron of National Panthers Party)               

NPP Supremo visits Udhampur Army Hospital, inquires health of Mast Ram Thakur

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party visited Command Hospital, Udhampur to enquire about the health of Shri Mast Ram Thakur, father of JKNPP President, Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia. Shri Thakur was admitted in the Army Hospital for treatment two days back.  Prof.Bhim Singh appreciated the hospital management for its cleanliness, service and public relation that has been maintained by the Army Hospital, Udhampur. He wished that all the government hospitals in J&K shall be able to learn from the working system and cleanliness drive from the Army Hospital.

Later, Prof.Bhim Singh also visited JKNPP office in Udhampur where a protesting delegation of rehariwalas and kisan council submitted a memorandum for the Governor for the redressal of their grievances. The rehariwalas in Udhampur have been facing ire of some political high-ups who intend to remove their reharies and occupy the space. The rehariwalas in their memorandum said that the local administration is supporting some politicians to shunt them out for political reasons as almost all rehariwalas are farmers and have supported the Panthers Party in the last elections to the Assembly.

Prof.Bhim Singh later met several delegations of Panthers Kisan Union, Panthers Trade Union, Young Panthers and NPSU who demanded that the Governor Rule in J&K should be extended at least for one year to end corruption, nepotism and communal divide which has been created by some political parties in the state.

Prof.Bhim Singh advised the Panthers activists to get ready for the coming battle of mini-Mahabharata in J&K for the establishment of Dogra-Pahari State so that the Dogras and Paharies shall also see the dawn of democracy and face of justice.

NPP Supremo meets Union Home Minister, demands social security & appropriate relief to Jammu Migrants

Shri Rajnath Singh assured NPP leader that justice shall be done to the Jammu Migrants and he also sympathized with the genuine demands of the migrants and said that whatever is within the parameters of rule and law shall be done.

He also addressed a letter to the Union Home Minister in this regard which speaks for itself on the situation and the needs to resolve this problem being faced by the Jammu and Talwara Migrants as follows;

“During Kargil war thousands of Hindus were forced to migrate because of the threat of the local and foreign terrorists in Jammu Pradesh in the Districts of Poonch, Rajouri, Udhampur and Doda etc. This followed the massacre of the local Hindus in Prankote (District Reasi now). Several leaders of the ruling party and the opposition including Shri L.K. Advani and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi visited the affective people in Rajouri and Doda.

          Thousands of them migrated to the safe areas of Jammu Pradesh mostly the Districts of Jammu, Udhampur and Kathua. The Govt. of J&K, as usual, made a discriminatory recommendation to provide relief to these migrants. It was because of the intervention of the Central government the migrants from Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri were provided meager relief both in cash and kind. Several hundreds of them took shelter in the outdated and broken cells at Talwara in Reasi District. The State government recommended only half of the relief to these migrants as compared to the Kashmiri migrants.

J&K National Panthers Party moved the High Court of J&K which granted the petition with direction to the Union and the State governments to provide relief to all the Jammu Migrants at par with the Kashmiri Migrants. The Govt. of J&K could not digest and they filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which was contested by the Panthers Party from 2002 to 2006. The Govt. of J&K in its affidavit assured the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the Jammu Migrants including those camping at Talwara shall be provided same relief in cash and kind which was being given to the Kashmiri Migrants. The J&K government in its affidavit that the Jammu Migrants numbering about 2200 families were not given any relief from 2004 to 2006 and the State made a commitment in its affidavit that the pending arrears amounting to about Rs.21 crores shall be provided at the earliest by the State and the Union governments. The Supreme Court made the direction to the Union and the State governments accordingly and directed them to clear all pending arrears of Jammu Migrants camping Talwara.

In the meantime, Govt. of India under the Prime Ministership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised the individual relief from Rs.400 to Rs.1000/- and family relief from Rs.1600 to Rs.4000/- per family, per month only for the Kashmiri Migrants. It was a tragedy that this quantum of relief was not provided to the Jammu Migrants residing in Talwara also right since 2003.

That this matter came before the petition’s committee of the Parliament and the matter was vehemently taken up by the BJP Members of the Parliament. The committee had Hon’ble Members of the BJP mainly Mrs. Sushma Swaraj and Mr. Venkaiah Naidu. They visited the Jammu Migrants also in their camps and made strong recommendation to provide them full relief at par with the Kashmiri Migrants. Nothing has been done till date.

That the Kashmiri Migrants were provided special package for their return and rehabilitation in their respective native villages in the Valley. I had worked hard with the Jammu Migrants scattered in different areas and those camping in Talwara and brought them around to return their homes provided they were given the same kind of package which was provided to the Kashmiri Migrants. Their houses in their villages had perished for one reason or the other in 15 years. Their cattle have also perished. Their land has been forcibly occupied by the militants or supporters of the militants in the respective villages. The State administration has remained hostile to them for the obvious reasons.

May I urge the Hon’ble Union Home Minister for your kind intervention to ensure that these Jammu Migrants including those residing in Talwara and other camps may be provided;

1.     All the arrears as directed by the Supreme Court of India with interest and in the same quantum which has been given to the Kashmiri Migrants right since 2004.

2.     That the Jammu Migrants and those camping in Talwara should be provided regular relief. At present only 624 families in Talwara are provided ration only and not cash besides 284 families camping in Talwara have not been provided any relief in spite of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. I urge for your kind intervention to ensure all relief to them.

3.     That nearly 1200 families which are scattered in different parts of Udhampur and Jammu Districts may also be provided the relief at par with the rest of them.

4.     That the same package ensuring their return back to the villages may be ensured to the Jammu Migrants which shall be in the interest of the security of the state and the security and integrity of the villagers they belonged to.

I hope and trust that your honour may consider my request on humanitarian grounds as well as in the interest of the security and integrity of the state.”