BJP role in Jammu Pradesh exposed JKNPP only alternative for Jammu’s honour

Addressing a distinguished gathering of J&K students and youth in Delhi, Prof.Bhim Singh, Founder of JKNPP (1982) called on the new generation in J&K, particularly the students and youth to diagnoze the background of the present crises in J&K to understand the comprehensive resolutions suggested by JKNPP are understood in its real perspective for the growth, development and harmony in all the three regions.

1.                    He said that the old slogans have become outdated vis-à-vis Gilgit-Baltistan and POK. The reality must be understood scientifically. Pakistan had continued its occupation of one-third of the state including Gilgit, Baltistan, Chitral and POK on one reason or the other. The Indian leadership cannot be absolved for this grave and criminal offence against the people of J&K. Sarhadi Gandhi, Badshah Khan told me during his last visit to India in 1975 that, “The Indian National Congress threw us into the lap of wolves.” He was referring Peshawar and other areas which the leaders of the Congress surrendered to Pakistan against the will of the people.

2.                    Prof.Bhim Singh recalled the criminal failure of the Indian leadership to regain Gilgit-Baltistan and POK from Pak occupation in spite of the UN Resolution asking Pakistan to withdraw its (Pakistan) armies from all occupied areas.

3.                    He said that the people born, living, educated, framed and developed under Pak occupation have developed a different attitude though they have not forgotten their links, family connections and etiquette of their native land in J&K.

4.                    He told the younger generation that even after the wars and bloody battles India could not liberate POK though it put no efforts vis-à-vis Gilgit-Baltistan for the reasons well known to the South and North Blocks, New Delhi. Prof.Bhim Singh conveyed a clear message that the new generation should exert with compassion and global understanding that the composite culture is the soul of Indian democracy of which J&K forms an integral part.

5.                    Prof.Bhim Singh said the new generation must understand the real problems being faced by the people of the three regions of the state. The Ladakhies and Jammuites have been fighting for their identity, development and for political equality of which they have remained deprived since 1947.

6.                    He said that Article 370 is not the mother of State Subject. The State Subject was given by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1927 to the people of the entire State. It has been reduced to ashes in Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in POK. Article 370 has given only a source of exploitation and is a real cause of the discrimination with the people of all the three regions. This is the time that Parliament of India shows its wisdom and courage to amend it so that the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution are extended to the State and people of J&K could also share the fruits of Indian democracy. So that people of J&K are not subjected to humiliation, chaos, inequality by the rulers any more.

7.                    The real issues the people of Jammu province are facing include; (i). Comprehensive and honourable settlement of all the 15 lacs migrants (refugees) from POK who came to J&K in 1947, 1965, 1971 etc. They live in refugee camps, a big shame for the rulers of Delhi. (ii). The honourable settlement of nearly one lac Pakistani refugees who came from the Pak side in 1947 during the partition and have not been given any political, social or economic rights. This is not humanitarian problem alone, this is the failure on the part of the government of India and the State government to grant them citizenship rights in J&K according to the international and Municipal Laws without any delay.

8.                    The delimitation of the Assembly constituencies is the fundamental rights of the people of the State. The discrimination with Jammu Pradesh should come to an end because the people, particularly the younger generation, shall throw away the system if not adequate to deliver them justice and equity. Jammu has double the area whereas Kashmir Valley has half of it. Population is almost even. Why 37 MLAs in Jammu Pradesh as against 46 in Kashmir. This is a well plan conspiracy to keep Jammu Pradesh as a political serfdom of handful of Kashmiri leaders. The Kashmiries also deserved the benefit of fundamental rights. They are not enemies of the country. They are as good human beings as others are.

9.                    Bar Council has not been introduced in J&K in spite of the fact that Advocates Act was extended to the State by the State legislature in 1986. Why this discrimination.

10.                The roads and transportation in Jammu Pradesh reminds us of 16th century mule transportation system. It is worst than that. Why not rail link between Jammu and Poonch, Udhampur and Kishtwar and why not reconnecting Jammu with Sialkote just 25 kms. run which worked till 1947.

11.                Why not two administrations and separate civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar as well. Rs.600 crores is a criminal wastage for shifting of so-called Darbars from Srinagar to Jammu and Jammu to Srinagar every year. Both places have adequate infrastructures to handle independent secretariats. That is good for the people and better for its functionaries as well.

In his concluding remarks, Prof.Bhim Singh, emphasized that reorganization of State of J&K is the only way out to end the heterogeneous Union of the State which was founded by the first J&K ruler Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1846. This will help the Kashmiries who have been demanding abrogation of Amritsar Treaty for a century. The communication between J&K, POK and Gilgit-Baltistan should be made more easy without the visa restrictions so that the broken families from the two sides may heal their wounds of separation suffered and have been suffering. He appealed the younger generation to defeat the forces of reactions, communalism and authoritarianism by strengthening the spirit of composite culture as humanity is the essence of all the religions that I have been practicing for five decades with hatred for none.