Two states formula is only way out for lasting peace in J&K

Addressing a meeting of Advocates, in New Delhi, Prof.Bhim Singh said that 50% problems in J&K shall be resolved when J&K shall be reorganized into two states, Kashmir Valley and Jammu Pradesh. He also appreciated observations made by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee in 1949 on the issue of merger of J&K with the Union of India. Dr. Ambedkar opposed a permanent bar on the issue of merger and word ‘temporary’ with Article 370 was inserted only Dr. Ambedkar said that this provision (Article 370) shall not lost beyond Monarchy in the state. Prof.Bhim Singh questioned the wisdom of those who wanted Monarchy to continue in J&K after promulgation of the Constitution of India. Prof.Bhim Singh questioned the real intention of the Congress party at that time and asked why Monarchy in J&K was allowed to continue beyond 26th January, 1950 when nearly 556 states including Baroda, Hyderabad were merged into the Union of India.

This blunder was realized by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1953 when he got Prime Minister of J&K, Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah dismissed and arrested for opposing the merger of J&K with Union of India.

Prof.Bhim Singh questioned the wisdom of Parliament of India to ignore this aspect by let Article 370 continue like snake in the manager after January 1957 when J&K Constitution was promulgated on 26th January with clear mandate in Section 3 of J&K Constitution thatJ&K is and shall be an integral part of India. He told lawyers’ fraternity that this constitutional aspect was also ignored by the Parliament of India. He argued that Article 370 became infructuous the day Monarchy was abolished by the Constituent Assembly of J&K on 20th August, 1952 and it became dead the day government appointed by the last Monarch, Maharaja Hari Singh, was dismissed on 8th August, 1953 by the command of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

Answering several questions on the status of J&K constitutional relations with the rest of the country, Prof.Bhim Singh said that Article 370 is dead and gone and the face saving device for the PDP-BJP and the so-called left is only amend it with a proviso that Parliament is competent to legislate on all the subjects listed in List-I of Schedule-VII of the Constitution of India. Parliament needs no consultation or approval of the Govt. of J&K as is the interpretation drawn from the script of Article 370 of Constitution of India.

He appealed to the lawyers’ fraternity all over the country to read Article 370 as it is applied today by the Union of India and the State government. This Article is a real mishap and continuing blunder which must end today which shall help eliminates the anti-national and anti-Union forces inside and outside the State of J&K.

He emphasized on Heart to Heart talks among the political representatives and the members of the civil society at the Intra-J&K, as it existed in 1947. This includes representatives of Gilgit-Baltistan, entire POK and that of J&K. He said that he convened two meetings in 2005 and again in 2007 during the prime minister ship of Dr. Manmohan Singh with a great success and emphatic response from both sides. He assured the lawyers’ fraternity that they shall also be invited in the third Intra J&K Heart to Heart Talks so that peace returns to the state and foreign agents are washed away so that people of the Valley as well as Jammu Pradesh may live in peace, dignity and without fear of the guns.