NPP, others celebrate 121st Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, who acceded J&K to India

121st birth anniversary was celebrated with great pump and show by the activists of National Panthers Party, Bharatiya Samata Samaj and others at Jantar Mantar, the Hyde Park Corner of India this afternoon describing him as one of the greatest nationalists and Indian patriot who had challenged the British Crown in 1931 at Round Table Conference in London declaring that, “I am an Indian first and then a Maharaja”.

It was this declaration of Maharaja Hari Singh which made him to face several hostiletempests and storms from 1931 till the day he opted for exile on 5th March, 1948.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and post graduate in law from London University while addressing the Panthers Party activists at the historical Jantar Mantar, New Delhi declared that Maharaja Hari Singh had taken a historic decision by acceding to the Union of India on 26th October, 1947 and gathered support from all regions of J&K including Kashmir. He regretted that the Indian leadership in 1947 and 1950 failed to realize the international implication of keeping J&K out of the Union of India and did not include the State of J&K among 577 states of India which were included in the Union of India on 26th January, 1950. Prof.Bhim Singh said that this was the blunder committed by the Indian leadership in 1950 by excluding J&K from the list of states which were merged into the Union of India on 26th January, 1950.

maharaja-harisingh-birthdayThe Panthers Party described Maharaja Hari Singh as one of the greatest nationalists who had acceded the Union of India by signing the Instrument of Accession of 26th October, 1947. Prof.Bhim Singh said that Indian leadership failed to realize the significance and importance of the signatures of Maharaja Hari Singh on the Instrument of Accession in the presence of the then Home Secretary of India, Shri V.P. Menon.

Prof.Bhim Singh urged the Parliament of India to undo the wrong committed by the Constituent Assembly by amending Article 370 so as to empower the Parliament of India to legislate on the subjects which were included expressly by Maharaja Hari Singh namely, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communication with Allied Matters on 26th October, 1947 in the presence of Shri V.P. Menon at Amar Mahal, Jammu, the winter capital of J&K.

Those who participated in the pushpanjali celebration included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Romesh Khajuria, Om Kishan, Dildar Hussain Beig, Kali Ram Tomar, Bhawani Maharaj, B.R.Pal, K.K.Raghav, Swami Omji, Nancy Koul, Advocate D.Vidyanandam, Azgar Khan, A.J.Rajan and others.

Ram Dass Athawaley, MP inaugurates JKNPP Foundation Day Session in Jammu

This Plenary Session, 2016 of JKNPP resolved on the occasion of its 34th Foundation Anniversary being celebrated at the historic Dogra Hall, Jammu the winter capital of the State of J&K.

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34th Anniversary Session of JKNPP was inaugurated by revolutionary leader of Maharashtra, Shri Ram Dass Athawaley M.P this afternoon at Dogra Hall, Jammu (J&K).  Mr. Athawaley assured JKNPP that he shall take up the matter of Article 370 in the Indian Constitution for its amendment to ensure that Parliament of India is empower to legislate on Jammu and Kashmir at least in respect of defence, foreign affairs and communication.  This issue was raised by Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron NPP assuring that JKNPP is committed to amend Article 370 so as to empower Parliament to legislate in respect of matters listed in the Central List of the Schedule-VII so as to empower Parliament to demolish the walls of separation. 

Mr. Athawaley was the special guest on this occasion of the 34th Foundation Ceremony of JKNPP which was founded by Prof. Bhim Singh in 1982 at Jammu.  Prof. Bhim Singh at the resigned from MLAship and floated Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party.

Prof. Bhim Singh also prayed homage to those Panthers Party Founding Members who are no more in the world.  They included Shri Thakur Dass Chanotra, Shri Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Ms Meenakshi Thakur Advocate, Shri Durga Dass Abrol, Shri Karan Dev Singh, Shri Onkar Saini, Shri Sudershna Sambyal, Shri Yogi Thakur, Shri Krishan Driver and some others founders of Panthers Party. 

Prof. Bhim Singh declared today that he shall fight from the streets to the doors of the Parliament for the Reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir so that Kashmir Valley and Jammu Pradesh may work in coordination with separate provincial governments in Srinagar and Jammu.  Prominent among those who address the session and played key role to pass resolutions include Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman NPP, Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia President NPP, Mr. P.K Ganju Vice-President, Mr. Bansi Lal Sharma Political Advisor, Ms Anita Thakur General Secretary, Mr. Sukhdev Singh, General Secretary, Mr. B.S Billowria Adv. National Secrtary, Shri Yashpal Kundal President Young Panthers, Mrs. Manju Singh State Secretary, Mr. Jagdev SinghCoordination Secretary, Mr. Rajesh Pargotra Provincial President, Mr. Ashfaq Rana District President Poonch, Mr. Sewa Singh Bali District President Ramban, Mr. Dhani Ram Attri Provincial Secretary, Mr. Sham Gorka Vice-President PTU, Mr. Vilakshan Singh General Secretary Young Panthers, Mr. Gagan Pratap Singh Spokesman Young Panthers, Mr. Chetan Sharma Organizer. Tamil Naidu President of NPP Mr. Naresh Ambedkar Advocate addressed the meeting both in Hindustani and in his mother tongue Tamil. 

All the leaders expressed full support with the resolutions produced below;

Resolutions

1.      The Reorganization of J&K on the basis of the cultural, geographical, linguistic and political identity of each region with separate Legislative Assemblies, separate Budgets, separate Recruitments and Public Service Commissions, separate Planning Commissions, separate Delimitation Commissions and of course separate Chief Ministers, one Governor and one Chief Justice. 

2.      Jammu Pradesh: This Session feels that justice shall be done to each region after Jammu Pradesh and Kashmir Ghati State are established. 

3.      Calling on the Parliament of India to exercise its sovereign authority to Amend Article 370 so as to empower Parliament to legislate in respect of matters listed in the Union List to ensure smooth relations of the state with the rest of the country. 

4.      Delimitation of Assembly Constituencies be held without any delay in order to remove regional discrimination.

5.      The term of the Legislative Assembly shall be five years instead of six years.

6.      Reservation for the ST community in the Legislative Assembly should be incorporated in the Constitution and ST status to Pahari-ethnic population should be accorded.

7.      All Pakistani Refugees who came from Pakistan in 1947/48 and lawfully settled in J&K should be granted permanent residents status with their descedents born in J&K after 1947.

8.       SPOs, daily wagers including PHE wagers, NYC, SSB volunteers, contractual employees, ReT, Jail wardens and all others who have worked in the government departments for more than two years should be regularized.

9.      PoK refugees: This is Plenary Session of JKNPP reiterates its commitment for comprehensive settlement of the refugees of 1947, 1965, 1971, 1997 from POK in accordance with International Law. The JKNPP expresses its solidarity with the refugees of 1947 from Pakistan who deserve to be treated as citizens within the meaning and scope of the Constitution to enjoy their fundamental rights.   

10.     Mubarak Mandi, the identity of the Dogras the great should be designated as International Dogra Cultural Center (IDCC) and International University for Dogra Culture & Art should be set up at this historic site.

11.     Female children should be given free education upto 10th Class and all the unmarried girls should be provided with a social security of Rs.5,000/- p.m. till they are employed.

12.     50% reservation should be given to the women in the Panchayats. The State Subject (Permanent Resident) Certificates issued earlier to the unmarried daughters should be issued afresh without any condition.

13.     All the Jammu Migrants including camping in Talwara should be provided all their arrears from 2004-07 amounting to Rs.21 crores as per direction of the Supreme Court and the recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee.

14.     All the Jammu migrants should be providing relief both in cash, kind and for the resettlement in their native villages at par with the Kashmiri migrants without delay.

15.     The residents of border villages residing within the firing range from Pakistan side should be provided free residential plots so that they shall live in safe zones during shelling from Pakistan side.

16.     All the victims of past floods should be compensated according to the judgment of the Supreme Court at the earliest.

17.     The farmers should be given free legal aid, free education and free medical care and treatment so that the villagers can also share the fruits of democracy.

18.     Ex-servicemen should be given pension on the basis of one rank one pension and reservation in the government and public sector.

19.     All daily wagers should be given minimum wages not less than Rs. 300/- per day and minimum wages act should be enforced with this amendment. 

20.     All the Industrial workers in the public or private sector should work strictly according to the International norms and timing. There should be no exploitation of workers.

21.     No child below the age 14 shall work in any Industrial discipline nor as a labourer. 

22.     Urge government of India to connect Jammu with Poonch, Udhampur with Kishtwar and Kathua with Bhadarwah via Bani by Rail.  It also resolved to revive railway line between Jammu and Sialkot (Pakistan) as it existed till 1947. 

23.     The Panchayats should be empowered in accordance with 72nd Amendment in the Constitution.

24.     The Civil Secretariat relating to the files/material of Jammu Pradesh should function retained in Jammu Civil Secretariat. Both the Secretariats in Srinagar and in Jammu around the year.

25.     That the four lane National Highway being interested by IFCON, IRCON, JP and HCC etc which should be taken up at war footing with the involvement/engagement of local youth of Ramban, Doda and Udhampur Districts.

26.     The local youth of the distant District distant like Ramban, Doda, Udhampur, Reasi, Rajouri, Poonch, Kathua should be drafted in the regular police force without delay.

International Resolution

1.      JKNPP call on the representatives of all countries in the UN to reconstitute the Security Council by inducting India, Japan, Egypt, Iran to the security council as permanent members.

2.      This Session expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine for the establishment of sovereign state of Palestine as per Accords signed in Oslo and Washington.

3.      Called on the UN to enforce resolutions 242, 338, 138 and all the rest to establish the State of Palestine as was determined by UN Resolutions.

 

4.      Asked Pakistan to withdraw from all occupied areas of J&K namely Gilgit, Baltistan, Askardu, PoK as per Resolution of the UN of 13th August, 1948 so that residents of POK and Gilgit may choose their future.

5.      Asked all nuclear powers to dismantle their nuclear arsenal, observe total disarmament discipline and stop further nuclear tests lest they meet the same fate of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

6.      It urged on the Members of the United Nations to support India’s elevation as Permanent Member of the United Nation so that India may play its destined role to promote peace, harmony and progress the world over.

7.      Panthers Party sought apology from US government for the atomic attack against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 

8.      Panthers Party welcomes the historic visit of USA President to Cuba that opened new doors for peaceful resolution

NPP demands into circumstances that led to police firing, lathicharge and chaos in border areas of Samba Distt.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of J&K National Panthers Party and Executive Chairman of Free Legal Aid Committee, J&K expressed shock and anger on the police lathicharge and firing on the villagers in Sarore village in Samba District killing a youth Mohd. Yaqoob.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that this area bordering with Pakistan has been peaceful and the people have been living in brotherly atmosphere having no personal grievance or conflict.

Prof.Bhim Singh demanded an independent inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court of J&K to let the public know the cause of the unrest and compulsion for the police to use bullets against the unarmed villagers. Prof.Bhim Singh also said that judicial inquiry should find out the cause of the unrest and the reason for the use of excessive force against the villagers. He said that the local Gujjars who are permanent residents of J&K, mostly landless permanent residents of J&K have been living a nomadic life in these deserted areas for years. He said the Govt. of J&K has not been able to provide them necessary piece of agricultural land for the survival of the Gujjar community and their cattle which is the only property on which this Gujjar fraternity has been surviving.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that there are reports that some outsiders from outside J&K have forcibly held the agricultural land in this area with the help of the power wielding politicians. He demanded full protection and security to the Gujjar community who are the permanent residents of the state of J&K.

Prof.Bhim Singh also appealed to the people, particularly the youth of the entire bordering areas to put up their joint efforts to ensure that communal harmony is maintained at all costs which is in the interest of all the people. Prof.Bhim Singh urged Shri N.N. Vohra, the Governor of J&K to constitute an All Party Committee as an Advisory Committee to assist the Governor to ensure that communal harmony and peace is maintained at all costs. He said that Gujjar community has been contributing to strengthen the bonds of National Integration and humanism for thousands of years and they have contributed tremendously to strengthening the bonds of National Integration.

Prof.Bhim Singh also appealed to all the residents of Jammu and Samba Districts including the residents of Jammu province who have made historic contribution towards strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and this is the time that all of us sit together and defeat the forces from outside which intend to destroy the human compassion and love among the Jammuites. He hoped that Shri N.N. Vohra may constitute the judicial commission without any delay.

Confederation ‘Kashmir’ & ‘Jammu’ States

Constitution of the Union of India was adopted on 26th January, 1950. Federation of State was declared after three years long debate of the leadership of the country from different walks of life. The ruler of Baroda, Gaekwad did not sign the Instrument of Accession by 14th or 15th of August. He, rather signed the Instrument of Accession in 1948. The Constituent Assembly included the state in the List of States which were included in the Union List. Hyderabad and Junagarh did not sign the Instrument of Accession at all. The government of India took over Hyderabad and Junagarh by military intervention. The question that remains unanswered till this day as to why J&K was not acceded to the Union of India, though Maharaja Hari Singh of J&K had signed the Instrument of Accession on 26th October, 1947 in the presence of Shri V.P. Menon, the then Union Secretary. The Maharaja offered his consent to accede at the Amar Singh Palace at Jammu in the presence of Shri V.P. Menon. This was most unfortunate and unforgivable decision taken by the then government of India. There were members from Jammu and Kashmir representing the state in the Constituent Assembly of India. They included Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah, Mr. Mirza Afzal Beg and two others. Article 370 was inserted in the Constitution of India, an unforgivable blunder which has subjected the entire country to chaos and international crisis. This Article vested constitutional authority to the State of J&K headed by Maharaja Hari Singh till 20th August, 1952, the day Sheikh Abdullah was removed from power and put behind the bars. The Indian leadership has never been able nor it shall ever be in a position to explain its conduct vis-a-vis its constitutional relationship between the Union of India and the unfortunate state of J&K.
Article 370 collapsed on the day, Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah was dismissed and the state of J&K was brought under the direct control of Constitution of India. Article 370 was introduced only to give a face shaving to the status of Monarchy (headed by Maharaja Hari Singh). The day Monarchy was abolished, Article 370 became redundant rather was litterally washed away from the pages of the Indian Constitution. Article 370 has been used as a blind weapon to demolish the seedlings of democracy and rule of law in the state of J&K. The state of J&K was formulated in 1946 by Maharaja Gulab Singh signing the Treaty of Amristar with the outgoing East India Company. The Kashmir Ghati State and Ladakh were put together naming the state as Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Today Ladakh is moving towards its autonomous self whereas the people of the Valley of Kashmir have been putting all their resistance seeking autonomous status which it was enjoying before 1846 as a province of Punjab.
Today Assam has been dissected into seven states, even Andhra has been divided and Punjab has emerged into three states; Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. The time has come when reality needs to be accepted. It is time when J&K should be reorganized by establishing Jammu State, Kashmir Ghati State with liberty to the people of Ladakh to accede to either of states or take shelter as a Union Territory. The people in POK shall have freedom to join Jammu State and similarly the people of Gilgit-Baltistan may choose Ladakh if they wish. This is the only solution for peaceful resolution of the present state of J&K. No war, no hatred, no bullets, no discrimination and peaceful co-existence.
discrimination and peaceful co-existence.
The J&K National Panthers Party is committed for reorganization of the State by floating ‘Twin States’ doctrine so that Jammu State and Kashmir Ghati State shall grow as sister states with one Governor and one High Court.