84th Birth Anniversary of Kohinoor-Hind, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam celebrated at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

apj-birthday  Several political, social organizations and notables of the civil society today organized tributes to Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam who has been described as Kohinoor-Hind by the Panthers Party on his 84th Birth Anniversary at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. This programme was organized under auspices of Rashtra Chetna Yatra. Its leaders paid high tributes to Dr. Abdul Kalam. They said that Dr. Abdul Kalam shall be remembered by people from all walks of life forever and ever as a great nationalist, secularist, humanist, scientist and visionary who brought India on the international map of science and humanism.

Those who participated in the birthday celebration included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Romesh Khajuria, Surjit Singh Guleria, Kali Ram Tomar, Muzaffar Hussein Beg, Kuldip Kumar, Ms. Neelam Thakur, Ms. Sunita Chaudhary, Prof. Gyan Singh Gyan and others.

Creation of Jammu Pradesh & Kashmir Valley is the only way out to end six decades internal conflict

Addressing a press conference in Goverdhan (Mathura, U.P.) late last evening, Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of NPP declared that reorganization of J&K on the patron of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Bihar is essential to end internal conflict and political chaos in J&K. J&K was created in 1846 by Treaty of Amritsar between Maharaja of J&K, Gulab Singh and the East India Company through a heterogeneous Union of Gilgit, Ladakh, Baltistan, Jammu and Kashmir Valley under political compulsions existing at that time. He said that the situation stands changed and it is highly essential under the present combination and permutation in the sub-continent that the people of these regions are given benefit of modern history in the light of the distinct geographical, anthropological, political, cultural and historic background and situation. Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan formed a distinct cultural unit having different geographical map as compared to the Kashmir Valley and Jammu Pradesh. He said that Dogra Pahari-Gujjar cultural identity has to be recognized on its merit and so should be the case with the cultural, linguistic and historical identity of the people living in the Kashmir Valley. In other words, Prof.Bhim Singh argued strongly, that the State needs to be reorganized with the formation of Jammu Pradesh, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh-Baltistan.

 

Prof.Bhim Singh described the present State-Centre relations as a part of the tragedy which people of J&K have been experiencing after the promulgation of the Constitution of India on 26thJanuary, 1950. J&K was kept out of the preview (jurisdiction) of Constitution of India. J&K continued as a Monarchy under Maharaja Hari Singh till his status was abolished by a simple resolution on 20th August, 1952 by a nominated Constituent Assembly under Sheikh Abdullah’s leadership. What is the status of J&K after the Monarchy was removed? What is the relevance of Article 370 after the Maharaja himself was fired? What was the necessity to continue with a draconian Article 370 in the Indian Constitution? He questioned the Parliament as to why the Parliament has abdicated its authority to legislate on J&K? When every citizen of India got freedom and has been enjoying the fundamental rights under Chapter-III of the Indian Constitution, why there is no chapter on Human Rights in the so-called Constitution of J&K? Why J&K has separate flag and the constitution when it forms integral part of India?     

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that as long as J&K is not reorganized and fundamental rights granted to every Indian citizen residing in J&K, there could be no peace and no harmony. He demanded uniform Constitution in the country and introduction of fundamental rights to the people residing in J&K. He also demanded reorganization of J&K as it has been done in case of other states.

Prof.Bhim Singh was invited to Goverdhan (Mathura) Conference by the Shankeracharya of Puri. He was accompanied by Rajiv Jolly Khosla and others.