Bhim Singh’s tributes to Sheikh Nazir, his co-prisoner in Jammu Jail in 1962

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of J&K National Panthers Party expressed deep condolences on the first death anniversary of his personal friend and jail-mate (prisoner) for about 8 months in Jammu Central Jail in 1961-62. Prof.Bhim Singh was a detenue in the Jammu prison and Sheikh Nazir was an ordinary under-trial in the Central Jail residing with about 20/30 under-trials in another compartment. Prof.Bhim Singh got the permission of the Superintendent Jail to allow Sheikh Nazir to stay in Bhim Singh’s detention room. Bhim Singh and Sheikh Nazir spent nearly 8 months in one detention room. Prof.Bhim Singh was entitled to Rs.4.50 ration per day whereas Sheikh Nazir had his entitlement of Rs.1.50 per day being an under-trial.  The friendship between the two remained unbroken in spite of Bhim Singh’s love and hate war against Sheikh Abdullah.

    Prof.Bhim Singh offered rich tributes to Sheikh Nazir, adopted son of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah on his 1st death anniversary. Prof.Bhim Singh was addressing a Panthers Party special meeting organized at party’s exile office in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi late last evening. Prof.Bhim Singh while addressing the social and political activists at Jantar Mantar gathered from different provinces of the country reminded the political activists in India about the blunders committed by the Constituent Assembly by excluding the State of J&K from the Union of India from the Constitution which proved fatal and dangerous for the peaceful co-existence of the country. Prof.Bhim Singh said that the Constituent Assembly failed to include J&K into the Union of India and inserted Article 370 in the Constitution though temporary yet full of volcanoes hidden inside the script of Article 370. Maharaja Hari Singh was allowed to continue as a Monarch, Article 370 was inserted which proved fatal and dangerous for the people of J&K to share the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution as citizens of India.

          Prof.Bhim Singh said that Article 370 stood abrogated when the so-called Constituent Assembly of J&K under the leadership of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah abolished the Monarchy and Maharaja was ousted through a resolution of the so-called Constituent Assembly on 20th August, 1952.

          Prof.Bhim Singh accused the leaders of the Constituent Assembly for defying the Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar who did not agree to insert Article 370 in the Constitution while the ‘King’ was alive and functioning as a Monarch through his son, the Regent of the State till his father was acting as Monarch of the state. Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate, expert in the Constitutional Laws, former Legislator maintains that Article 370 was buried in the grave of the history the day his monarchy was declared abolished. He says that Article 370 is being used by the rulers in J&K only to keep the people of J&K away from their basic and constitutional rights. He said that the Constitution of India and the Fundmental Rights guaranteed the every citizen of India in Chapter-III of the Constitution have not been made applicable to the Indian citizens residing in J&K as they are described as Permanent Residents of the state.

          Prof.Bhim Singh said that Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah signed agreement with the Govt. of India headed by Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India in 1975. The agreement was specific and clear that J&K is integral part of Union of India. He agreed to take over as Chief Minister of J&K without any hesitation. He said that Article 370 has no relevance in Law or in the State politics. This Article was a temporary and could have continued till the Monarchy in the state. With the end of Monarchy the command of Article 370 came to an end. He said that it was the blunders of the Central leaders which have created a mess in the state of J&K where the citizens of India (Permanent Residents of the state) are still treated as alien when they are entitled to share the benefit of all fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India. He regretted that the High Court of J&K has not been declared a Constituent of the Constitution of India and still called High Court of J&K whereas all other High Courts in the country are theHigh Courts of Judicature. Fundamental rights in J&K are not available to the Indian citizens. So-called Delhi Agreement, 1952 which was never signed by the leaders of the Central Govt. is still being quoted by the National Conference leaders to exploit the innocent people of Kashmir in the name of so-called ‘autonomy’ which got buried deep into the grave of history in 1952.

Prof.Bhim Singh reacting strongly on the statement of grandson, Mr. Omar Abdullah and former Chief Minister of J&K condemned the statement of Mr. Omar Abdullah talking about the so-called autonomy of the state which was buried by his own grandfather, Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah on 20th August, 1952 by abolishing the state Monarchy. No more Monarchy, no more autonomy. NPP Chief said that the so-called autonomy granted under Article 370 was buried by Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah himself when he got Article 370 abrogated. When womb is blasted, the baby cannot survive. This was Sheikh Abdullah the head of the NC and the then Chairman of the Constituent Assembly which abolished Monarchy, exiled Maharaja and took over the reign of power with the blessing of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952. When Mr. Nehru realized his blunder he was the only one who used his power and under his direction Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah was dismissed as Prime Minister of J&K on 8th August, 1952 by the signatures of the then Sadar-e-Riyasat, Karan Singh who was imposed by Nehru in J&K.

Prof.Bhim Singh concluded that J&K is integral part of the Union of India and Article 370 is no more relevant rather became infructuous on 20th August, 1952 the day the state Monarchy was abolished.  Prof.Bhim Singh declared that the Parliament should take this matter to its logical end. He warned that he shall take the matter in the Supreme Court seeking its intervention to ensure that all fundamental rights available to the citizens of India are extended to every citizen of India called Permanent Resident of the state. He said that Article 370 has become infructuous and the tail cut from the body of the dog cannot wag the dog.