Bam Bam Bhole ! Jammu’s National Movement for Hindusthan – movement for Sri Amarnath land.
A video on Shri Amarnathji movement.
Tandava in Jammu - Movement for Sri Amarnath Land
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=Mom7hukrn8E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRXKOJ3XC3A Kadam kadam badhayega… Video on Hindu revolution in Jammu.
'Jammu is treated like a pariah, because we are patriots'
August 27, 2008
The agitation in Jammu over revocation of the allotment of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has taken an unprecedented turn. The only similar mass upsurge was during the Praja Parishad movement in 1952 to end the two dual constitutional provisions (thanks to Article 370) in Jammu and Kashmir that allowed two flags, a separate head of the state and separate laws.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has been supporting the agitation and the Congress's local leaders too have expressed their support for fear of losing Hindu votes. The agitation has seen small children with their mothers and grandmothers coming out on the roads with the tricolour in their hands and demanding that the land be given back to the SASB.
Leela Karan Sharma, 68, a senior advocate of the Jammu and Kashmir high court for 41 years, has been active in every Hindu religious organisation including the Dogra Brahmin Pratinidhi Sabha as its vice-president. He emerged on the national stage as president of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti, which is leading the mass movement in Jammu for the last two months. His day begins at 6 in the morning and ends past midnight.
The agitation, which took shape on a modest note on June 29, has taken an expanse none had imagined. Can he control the tiger he is riding? Has it contributed more to divide society on communal lines? He spoke exclusively to Tarun Vijay, director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.
Image: Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti President Leela Karan Sharma
'The agitation is an expression of accumulated anger'
August 27, 2008
What was the need to form this Samiti? Was it just the Amarnath land row?
Of course, taking back the land allocated to build facilities for Amarnath pilgrims was a great insult and was the spur for the movement. Now it has become an expression of accumulated anger against the (Kashmir) valley's discrimination for the last 60 years.
In every walk of life, Jammu is treated like a pariah, a discardable part just because we are patriots and lay our lives for the tricolour. As far as the land for Amarnath pilgrims is concerned, it has to be noted that we had not demanded it. It was the government which felt the need and passed the order to allocate land to another government body -- the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.
Still under pressure from the separatists, the government took back its order, which was earlier signed by ministers belonging to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's People's Democratic Party and the Congress. The state government was hesitant to give facilities to the yatris from the beginning.
Also this year, the governor, who is the ex-officio head of the shrine board, was changed midway through the yatra, resulting in confusion and mismanagement.
After the PDP and National Conference opposed the allotment of land, the new governor, N N Vohra, who is an old confidante of Sayeed, unilaterally took back the letter for land allotment to the SASB and handed over the organisation of the yatra back to the state tourism department on June 29.
The same day we decided enough is enough and took a vow to wage a battle till the land was given back to the SASB.
Did you anticipate this kind of response?
No, this has become the largest-ever mass movement I have ever seen. It's beyond my imagination. Children, old men, ladies and youngsters, all are on the road and it has become a self-propelled agitation growing every day. People are using novel ways and innovative methods to make it more effective.
'We have the support of various Muslim organisations'
August 27, 2008
It is alleged the movement has communal overtones.
It is all the propaganda of the valley's lie masters and Delhi's politicians who would have liked this movement to become a Hindu-Muslim issue. It hasn't so they are baffled and disappointed. No one believes the calumnious charges against us because we have the full support of various Muslim organisations like the Muslim Front, Jammu Kashmir Muslim Federation and Gujjar and Bakkarwal Muslim groups.
Apart from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the doctors association, bar association, engineers, other professionals active in various fields like IT, women's groups, Sikhs -- everyone has come out to support us unequivocally. The BJP and Congress, both are supporting us locally. Congress MLAs and MPs have publicly pledged their support to our demands.
Why did you block roads that take essential supplies to the valley?
We had only appealed for a Chakka Jam (blockade). Immediately, the army was deployed and supplies to the valley were restored. But no one speaks about the stoppage of supplies to Jammu. Why? We are still facing difficulties and essential daily needs are still not coming to Jammu.
In the valley, the separatists go on anti-India strikes every other day and life comes to a standstill. Nobody complains then, because the strike is against India.
When we agitate for securing national integrity and the honour of the tricolour, they complain. Secondly, people are not told that the separatists beat up truck drivers carrying supplies and burnt some trucks too.
'The separatists are blackmailing Delhi'
August 27, 2008
Have you seen the eruption in the valley? They say you are the reason behind revival of the anti-India agitation in the valley?
As if before the Amarnathji Yatra Sangharsh Samiti, they were great patriots and held the Indian tricolour high? Every now and then, for the last 60 years, these separatists have used their affinity to Pakistan to blackmail Delhi.
The central government must allow them to leave Kashmir if they are so keen to go to Pakistan. They will surely be treated worse than the Muhajirs were treated. Even US has changed policies toward them after 9/11. They can't get better opportunities outside India.
Don't you think if Jammu and Kashmir remains friendly to each other it helps the national interest?
Indian interests are served only when India lives in the valley. To safeguard Indian interests, the Centre will have to take Jammu's help. You have to strengthen Jammu to strengthen India in this region. After all, how long will we have to suffer because we are patriots?
Kashmir has become the gateway of terrorism in India. Someday this was going to happen and now is the time to take proper remedial measures without any fear.
Are you not being led by a political party? What's the role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and BJP? Why did you stop BJP leaders from joining your rally?
We are a completely non-political movement supported by all parties, organisations and ideologies. We did not stop any leader of the BJP as none was coming, but have issued a clarification that for the August 23 rally we have not invited any BJP leader.
What's the next course of action? What will make Jammu return to normal?
We are beginning a complete non-cooperation movement on the Gandhian pattern and no Jammu citizen will pay taxes to the government.
As far as the solution is concerned, since day one we have just one demand -- give back the land to the SASB and we will take back the agitation.
Image: All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, other leaders and supporters during a march towards the United Nations office in Srinagar on August 18 to demand that the UN recognise their right to self-determination. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images.
~EIGHT LIES OF A MOTHER~
1.The story began when I was a child;
I was born as a son of a poor family.
Even for eating, we often got lack of food.
Whenever the time for eating, mother often gave me her portion of rice.
While she was removing her rice into my bowl,
she would say "Eat this rice, son. I'm not hungry".
That was Mother's First Lie
2.When I was getting to grow up,
the persevering mother gave her spare time for fishing in a river near our house,
she hoped that from the fishes she got,
she could gave me a little bit nutritious food for my growth.
After fishing, she would cook the fishes to be a fresh fish soup,
which raised my appetite. While I was eating the soup,
mother would sit beside me and eat the rest meat of fish,
which was still on the bone of the fish I ate.
My heart was touched when I saw it.
I then used my chopstick and gave the other fish to her.
But she immediately refused it and said "Eat this fish, son.
I don't really like fish."
That was Mother's Second Lie.
3.Then, when I was in Junior High School,
to fund my study,
mother went to an economic enterprise to bring some used-matches boxes that would be stuck in.
It gave her some money for covering our needs.
As the winter came,
I woke up from my sleep and looked at my mother who was still awoke,
supported by a little candlelight and within her perseverance she continued
the work of sticking some used-matches box.
I said, "Mother, go to sleep, it's late,
tomorrow morning you still have to go for work.
" Mother smiled and said "Go to sleep,
dear. I'm not tired."
That was Mother's Third Lie.
4.At the time of final term,
mother asked for a leave from her work in order to accompany me.
While the daytime was coming and the heat of the sun was starting to shine,
the strong and persevering mother
waited for me under the heat of the sun's shine for several hours.
As the bell rang, which indicated that the final exam had finished,
mother immediately welcomed me and poured me a glass of tea
that she had prepared before in a cold bottle.
The very thick tea was not as thick as my mother's love,
which was much thicker. Seeing my mother covering with perspiration,
I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too.
Mother said "Drink, son. I'm not thirsty!".
That was Mother's Fourth Lie.
5.After the death of my father because of illness,
my poor mother had to play her role as a single parent.
By held on her former job, she had to fund our needs alone.
Our family's life was more complicated. No days without sufferance.
Seeing our family's condition that was getting worse,
there was a nice uncle who lived near my house came to help us,
either in a big problem and a small problem.
Our other neighbors who lived next to us saw that our family's life was so unfortunate,
they often advised my mother to marry again. But mother,
who was stubborn, didn't care to their advice,
she said "I don't need love."
That was Mother's Fifth Lie.
6.After I had finished my study and then got a job,
it was the time for my old mother to retire.
But she didn't want to; she was sincere to go to the marketplace every morning,
just to sell some vegetable for fulfilling her needs.
I, who worked in the other city, often sent her some money to help her in fulfilling her needs,
but she was stubborn for not accepting the money.
She even sent the money back to me.
She said "I have enough money."
That was Mother's Sixth Lie.
7.After graduated from Bachelor Degree,
I then continued my study to Master Degree.
I took the degree, which was funded by a company through a scholarship program,
from a famous University in America .
I finally worked in the company. Within a quite high salary,
I intended to take my mother to enjoy her life in America .
But my lovely mother didn't want to bother her son,
she said to me "I'm not used to."
That was Mother's Seventh Lie.
8.After entering her old age,
mother got a flank cancer and had to be hospitalized.
I, who lived in miles away and across the ocean,
directly went home to visit my dearest mother.
She lied down in weakness on her bed after having an operation.
Mother, who looked so old, was staring at me in deep yearn.
She tried to spread her smile on her face;
even it looked so stiff because of the disease she held out.
It was clear enough to see how the disease broke my mother's body,
thus she looked so weak and thin.
I stared at my mother within tears flowing on my face.
My heart was hurt, so hurt, seeing my mother on that condition.
But mother, with her strength, said "Don't cry, my dear.
I'm not in pain."
That was Mother's Eight Lie.
After saying her eighth lie, She closed her eyes forever!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Bullet-for-Bullet Could Eliminate Terrorism from India
Bullet-for-Bullet Could Eliminate Terrorism from India
– Sardar Joginder Singh, Ex CBI Chief
From: Narain Kataria
FOURTEENTH HINDU SANGATHAN DIVAS
(HINDU UNITY DAY) REPORT
The Hindu Temple Society of North America, The Indian American Intellectuals Forum (“Forum”) and several other Hindu organizations joined hands to celebrate with pomp, pageantry and enthusiasm the Fourteenth Hindu Sangathan Divas (Hindu Unity Day) on August 10, 2008 at Hindu Temple Auditorium in Flushing, New York.
The upscale auditorium was packed to capacity, including the balcony. Inside, there were more than 1000 Hindus present. Putting aside their caste, creed, color, nationality, the Hindus from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad and many other countries, participated in the most unique event of the times – the Hindu Unity Day – with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, zeal and gusto. The assertion of the newly born Hindu pride and confidence had to be seen to be believed.
The high-profile dignitaries, who addressed the huge audience were: Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the Chief Guest and President of Janata Party in India and the former Law Minister; Sardar Joginder Singh, the Keynote Speaker and former Chief of India’s Central Bureau of Intelligence; Rajeev Malhotra, the Founder of Infinity Foundation and a philanthropist; Sri Nithya Bhaktananda Swamy, the very successful business professional turned spiritual master, and Dr. Uma Mysorekar, the President of Hindu Temple Society of North America.
The fact that the event evoked so much of interest and involvement of so many Hindus from the tri-state area, and elsewhere, demolished the frequently propounded theory by the prophets of doom, and exploded their much-hyped myth that the Hindus simply cannot work in unison.
The Hindu public and the assembled leaders deliberated over the serious problems of the persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh, the terrorist bomb blasts in mega Indian cities such as Bangaluru, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, the forcible conversion of Hindus to other religions, the acquisition of Hindu temple lands by governments in India, the return of 100 acre land back to the Amarnath Shrine, widespread terrorism and rampant corruption in governmental agencies. Numerous resolutions were proposed and were passed unanimously by voice vote, and are attached herewith.
In his hard-hitting speech supported by facts, Dr. Subramanian Swamy stated that the anti-Hindu focus of the present UPA government in India has become abundantly obvious, especially in the case of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project that was supposedly needed to accomplish certain maritime objectives. Here, all along, the government was insisting to follow one particular route that required destroying the historical Rama Setu, the ancient bridge built by the army of Rama in order to reach the island of Lanka.
That was despite the fact that there are five other alternative routes available to accomplish what was needed. Yet, the government was hell-bent on breaking the Rama Setu and hurting the sentiments of nine hundred fifty million Hindus. “Why?” Dr. Swamy asked. “Is that because Karunanidhi (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister) and Sonia (Congress Party Chairperson) hate the Hinduism?”
For the first time since 1947, Hindus have won a court case for Hinduism, by having the Supreme Court direct the national government look for another route because, as the Judges observed, "Where the faith is hurt, development project has to give way." Now the government is exploring an alternative route, which was Dr. Swamy's demand in his Writ Petition, to begin with.
Dr. Swamy argued that the terrorists have political objectives that we can act to nullify. For example, he cited the fact that terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir have killed the Hindu Pandits and driven out 375,000 Hindus to create a Caliphate there. "Retaliate," he thundered, "by sending one million ex-servicemen to settle in the Valley for good. Give them the necessary weapons to defend themselves and also an amount of Rs. 5 lakh each to build their homes."
Furthermore, Dr. Swamy said, “If the terrorists bomb our temples, then send the army to take over the Mosque built on the Kashi-Vishwanath temple, and restore the entire area to Lord Shiva." “If the Bangladeshis infiltrate into India as they have,” Dr. Swamy pointed out, “then demand the territory from Bangladesh.” "Let us send a column of Indian army from Khulna to Sylhet in Bangladesh and annex the top one-third of that nation as the compensation," he said.
The jam-packed auditorium roared with approval at every punch line and gave Dr. Swamy a standing ovation for five minutes when he finally finished his talk.
Speaking on the menace of terrorism, former CBI chief Sardar Joginder Singh said, “Nowhere in the world was the problem of terrorism ever tackled through talks with the terrorists.” Quoting Gulam Nabi Azad, a Congress veteran leader and an ex-Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Joginder Singh said, “He (Azad) had once said that ‘bullet-for-bullet’ was the only way to solve the problem of terrorism. You have to kill the terrorists or else they will kill you.”
“Thousands of innocent people have been killed in India due to terrorism,” lamented Joginder Singh, “We should follow the Israeli model to handle terrorism. In Israel, citizens have been trained to be vigilant about the suspicious activities of anti-national elements. Hence, it is the duty of government to encourage citizens to cooperate with it. At the same time, it is the responsibility of every citizen to cooperate with security agencies in capturing terrorists.
Rajeev Malhotra, a highly acclaimed intellectual and a philanthropist, was honored at the Unity event for his exceptional services to the Hindu society. Mr. Malhotra emphasized the importance of maintaining our Hindu identity.
Sri Nitya Bhaktananda Swamy said that Hinduism believes in giving, loving, sharing and caring. Temples play very important role in uniting the Hindu people. Scriptures, Guru-shishya tradition, temples and society are the four pillars of Hindu Dharma.
Dr. Uma Mysorekar said, “It was wrong to say that Hinduism is merely a way of life. Hinduism is a full-fledged religion and has its own scriptures, methodology and identity.”
Earlier in the event, Indira Narasimharajan welcomed the audience. Narain Kataria, the President of Intellectual Forum, while welcoming Sardar Joginder Singh, said that Hindus and Sikhs have suffered immensely at the hands of invaders while they have also rejoiced together. Hindus consider Sikhs as their blood brothers. The system of “Roti” and “Beti” is still prevalent between the Sikhs and Hindus in Punjab. Guru Arjun Dev, Guru Teg Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh and his four sons sacrificed their lives for the protection of Hindu Dharma. Contributions of Sikhs in the struggle for India’s freedom are unparalleled in the annals of history.
Arish Sahani, the Vice President of the Forum proposed a vote of thanks and Rene Lobo, a distinguished journalist, Director of Community News at television channel ITV and a budding politician emceed the event.
14th HINDU SANGATHAN DIVAS
We believe that under the present conditions, the future of Hindus is in peril and the survival of India is in danger. To avert this calamity, we strongly urge the Government of India to initiate a process to implement the following resolutions:
1. Abrogate the Article 30 of Indian Constitution because it is discriminatory against majority community (Hindus). It allows state and federal funding to minority institutions, including Madrasas that have become the breeding ground for Islamic terrorism.
2. Implement Uniform Civil Code (Article 44).
3. Repeal Article 370 of India’s Constitution in order to fully integrate Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of India.
4. Expel all illegal infiltrators and set-up stringent conditions to prevent any further infiltration from Bangladesh, Pakistan etc.
5. Free all Hindu temples from the Government control.
6. Ban cow slaughter throughout India.
7. Build Ramjnmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya (India) by passing a law in the Parliament.
8. Restore the land allotment to the Board of Amarnath Shrine in Jammu.
9. No reservations of any kind on the basis of religion.
10. All citizens must be treated equally; there must be no appeasement and no discrimination.
11. Hindus should establish one billion dollar strong “Hindu Support Fund” to take care of Hindus suffering from the terrorism.
12. In order to bring the Hindus of the world on one platform, Hindu leaders should agree to observe one day in a year, preferably the Guru Purnima Day, as the “International Hindu Unity Day.”
Separatism is unacceptableClaude ArpiIn the past fortnight, several senior commentators have decided it is time to accept the separatists' demand for self-determination in the Kashmir Valley. One commentator has written, "As a liberal, I dislike ruling people against their will... Let Kashmiris decide the outcome, not the politicians and Armies of India and Pakistan... The parallels between British rule in India and Indian rule in Kashmir have become too close for my comfort."Such reasoning is fallacious. To "dislike ruling people against their will" is not reason enough to let parts of India secede. Don't you think that the people of Arunachal Pradesh often feel neglected by the rulers in Delhi who decide their future without consulting them and 'against their will'? Any 'liberal' (if he/she is honest) will apply the same reasoning to the entire North-East. Should these States also secede? In the 1980s, the Khalistanis in Punjab also felt that Delhi was ruling them 'against their will'. Should Punjab have become independent? As for the 'promised' plebiscite, which is being resurrected by 'liberal' commentators, the UN resolutions of August 1948 and January 1949 were clear and specific. The proposed plebiscite was for all the regions of Jammu & Kashmir. Further it was conditional to the Pakistani troops withdrawing from all the areas it had occupied in the State; and, second, Pakistan withdrawing its tribesmen and nationals not ordinarily resident in these areas from the entire State.For the UN, there was no question of first changing the demography of the occupied areas. To hold a plebiscite after the Kashmir Valley has been cleansed of its Hindu population will only encourage secessionists and terrorists to use similar tactics in other parts of India. Another eminent columnist has written, "If you believe in democracy, then giving Kashmiris the right to self-determination is the correct thing to do... This is India's century. We have the world to conquer -- and the means to do it. Kashmir is a 20th century problem. We cannot let it drag us down and bleed us as we assume our rightful place in the world." This merits only one comment: If India is further dismembered, it is doubtful that the 21st century will be India's century. Allowing Kashmiris to secede is certain to become a precedent for others in India to 'democratically' ask for their right to self-determination. Similar to the position taken by our 'liberals' has been that of the foreign media which has reacted to the recent troubles with its old prediction that 'Kashmir will soon be lost for India". Le Monde quotes Ahmed, a young Kashmiri, as saying, "I prefer to die in the streets shouting 'Long Live Free Kashmir' than in an isolated confinement after being tortured (by the Indian Army)." Ahmed's friends, says Le Monde, threw stones at security forces while screaming, "Indians are dogs." Then, referring to Abhinav Bindra's gold medal, Ahmed says, "But it is in Kashmir that Indians are the best shooters."Le Figaro, in an article headlined "Kashmir bye-bye?", its correspondent spoke of the "beauty of the Valley which nobody questions, though some in India have nonetheless begun to ask themselves if the future of their great democracy is to keep four million Kashmiris against their will. It is a new tune!" The correspondent, however, asked a relevant question: "Why has the Government in New Delhi kept silent and inactive for so long when the tension had already started mounting in July?"The problem is not only the poor leadership of the rulers in Delhi, though nobody can deny that the present crisis has been created by the inept handling of the situation, but also the wily leadership in the Kashmir Valley. If one looks at the history of Jammu & Kashmir, one realises that whenever the Valley has been stricken by famine, war or invasion, it was due to the poor leadership and despotism of its kings, sultans and maharajas. The Chinese pilgrim Hsuan-tsang has described Kashmiris thus: "They are volatile and timid; they are good-looking, but deceitful."The history of Kashmir is a succession of alternating periods when just and fair rulers made the Valley a 'Paradise on Earth' and times when "people were treated as grass", to quote the historian Srivara, one of the authors of Rajatarangini. He describes one of these periods during the 15th century when "accepting bribes was considered by the officers as virtue, oppressing the subjects was regarded as wisdom and the addiction to wine and women was reckoned as happiness".Take the more recent example of Sheikh Abdullah, described by historian S Gopal as "Nehru's old friend, colleague and blood-brother." Sheikh Abdullah was chosen by Jawaharlal Nehru in January 1948 to plead India's case in the UN. Though a member of the official Indian delegation to Lake Success, Abdullah had a secret meeting with US Ambassador Austin, who reported to the US Secretary of State, "It is possible that the principal purpose of Abdullah's visit was to make clear to US that there is a third alternative, namely independence... He made quite a long and impassioned statement on the subject. He said in effect that whether Kashmir went to Pakistan or India, the other dominion would always be against a solution... (Kashmir) is a rich country. He did not want his people torn by dissension between Pakistan and India. It would be much better if Kashmir were independent and could seek American and British aid for development of the country" Thus was the seed 'azadi' planted by Nehru's 'blood-brother'. Adlai Stevenson came to Srinagar to meet Abdullah in May 1953. The creation of an independent 'Sheikdom of Kashmir' was the purpose of the visit. This would perfectly suit American interests by checking the advances of the Chinese in Xinjiang and the Russians in Afghanistan. A 'non-aligned' Nehru could not be considered a reliable ally. At that time, The New York Times published a map hinting at an independent status for the Valley and a few days later, Abdullah asserted in a speech, "It is not necessary that our State should become an appendage of either India or Pakistan."This habit of saying something one day and doing the opposite the next has been characteristic of most of the leaders of Jammu & Kashmir for the past 60 years. Sheikh Abdullah's grandson, Mr Omar Abdullah, recently said in Parliament, "We fought for our land and will continue to fight for our land till our last breath." This same person shamelessly sides with those who say that Hindus are trying to change the demography of the Kashmir Valley by erecting some temporary structures for pilgrims.With a vacillating Centre, a weak Governor, a father-and-daughter duo always ready to pull the carpet from under their partner's feet and the secessionists back in the news after several years, the State of Jammu & Kashmir seems doomed. But not if India were to stand firm and resist those who wish to see the country disintegrate.
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ISLAMIC JIHAD IN KASHMIR HAS A DIRECT BEARING ON SOUTH ASIA
Considering the various aspects of the ongoing agitations in Kashmir brought about by the Muslim generated Shri Amarnath Land dispute in which about a dozen lives have already been lost and hundreds of thousands of people, men, women and children, have courted arrest and filled jails, and complete bunds observed for months at a time, Diversity-USA, a Democratic Think Tank on Minority Issues, has issued the following assessment report. Among other things the report presents a few well thought out proposals for the consideration of the concerned authorities and the thinking public with a view to help resolve the internal crisis in Kashmir and at the same time fulfill the demands and aspirations of all segments of the Kashmiri society. The National Chairperson of the Diversity-USA, Dr. Jagan Kaul, cautioned that the Islamic insurgency and civilizational war in Kashmir aided and abated by Pakistan and the Pan Islamic movement and its outcome has a direct bearing upon the future of democracy and the prevention of fundamentalist advancement in South Asia .
SELF CONFESSED PAKISTANIS OF KASHMIR HAVE LOST THEIR RIGHT TO RULE J&K
No matter what the outcome of Shri Amarnath Yatra Land dispute, the complexion of J&K politics, administration, regional consciousness & trust, political alignments and the federal government’s disintegrative appeasement policy – all will have to under go a serious radical transformation. Thanks to the governing elite’s unprecedented communal attempts at out right talibanization and drift away from India and subsequently the massive retaliation and grassroots resurgence of the nationalist forces, the ‘politics as usual’ in J&K is soon likely to be a thing of the past. The nationalists are determined to put an end to the civilizational war unleashed by Islamists and their collaborators - the Al Qaeda operatives from Pakistan. Henceforth any government run by the Sunni Muslims of Kashmir, with out any regard to the guarantees it or its promoters from New Delhi may be willing to offer, will be fully, wholly and completely unacceptable to the rest of the J&K population. Any steps by the otherwise ineffective government compelling the populace for submission and compliance will have the potential of triggering off still stronger agitations even, “civil disobedience” and “satyagraha”.
SECULARISTS HAVE JOINED THE RANKS OF ISLAMISTS IN J&k
The oft repeated declarations made in presence of hundreds of thousands of people (by some estimates12 lakh Muslims) by the Sunni leaders of Kashmir valley during the past two months that “they were Pakistanis” and “Pakistan was theirs”, raising Pakistani flags and burning the Indian flags, shouting slogans like Ham Kya Chahte hein – Aazaadi – Aazaadi; Ragda Ragda – Tiranga Ragda; Bharat Teri Maut Aayi-Lashkar Aayi – Lashkar Aayi; and scores of similar anti-India – pro-Pakistan slogans, has made one thing crystal clear that Kashmiri Muslims in general and the Hurriyat, the conglomerate of anti-national organizations they follow, in particular are disloyal citizens having their allegiance with Pakistan and other outside anti-India entities. It has been a demonstration of naked and treasonous lethality of Saudi born Wahabbism in this volatile area. By not challenging, opposing, contradicting or condemning these treacherous activities of Pakistan supported Islamists and jihadists, all elements of Kashmir region’s political spectrum claiming to be patriotic, secular and nationalist by implication extended their silent yet firm support to these seditious declarations. They included the Abdullah and Mufti clans whose entire political careers have been nurtured and brought to blossom by various Indian establishments. And this patronage was extended at the cost of the political cultures of Jammu & Ladakh and the Pandits & Sikhs of the valley. No country in the world would have dealt with separatist and secessionist movements more gently or irresponsibly than the Indian Govt. has.
APPEASEMENT BY INDIA BOOSTED TALIBANIZATION IN KASHMIR
KASHMIR CONFLICT IS WAR BETWEEN THE NATIONALISTS & ISLAMISTS
Following an anti-India Islamist policy in Kashmir the Indian governments, one after the other, have heavily contributed in worsening the socio-political and administrative conditions in the state. However, now the State is at a point when the lines of regional, ethnic, religious and cultural boundaries for confrontation are drawn. When interpreted in an honest and non-prejudicial manner the ongoing agitations in various regions of the state at this point in time have become a well demarcated war between patriotic and anti-India pro-Pak separatist forces. In this struggle in view of the federal government’s erroneous policy the loyal and patriotic citizens of India residing in J&K State have been on the receiving end for the past six decades.
` KASHMIR HAS BECOME EPICENTER OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM
INDIA MUST SET AN EXAMPLE BY OUTLAWING JIHAD
Kashmir has already become the epicenter of Islamic terrorism which has spread its tentacles through out the length and breadth of India . Kashmiri Islamists have participated in most of the major terrorist bombings including the one meant to blow up the Indian parliament and kill parliamentarians. Now these terrorists can strike at will any time and any where. In reality leaving a state Govt., its resources and personnel and entire apparatus and the largest amount of federal aid drawn from Delhi at the disposal of the Islamic fundamentalists and followers of Osama bin Laden is clearly tantamount to aiding the Islamic plans to destroy India. Beginning with outlawing the Islamic jihad in India this irrational and dangerous policy must change. The violation of the ban on jihad must be punishable with death. Keeping India ’s own demographic compulsions and infiltration by the soldiers of jihad trained in the jihad factories of Pakistan and Bangladesh in mind enforcing such a law in the country is absolutely necessary.
India must also ban all contributions made by Saudi charities to religious and educational institutions in Kashmir as they are almost always politically motivated for preaching and spreading Wahabbism. The Sunnis of Kashmir by virtue of being Pakistanis are not entitled to any Haj subsidies from Indian or J&K and therefore, must be denied the same. Last year J&K sent the largest Muslim group for Haj pilgrimage.
CONSTITUTION BARS GOVT. FROM IMPOSING PAKISTANI RULE UPON LOYAL CITIZENS OF INDIA
The unchallenged public declarations by the Islamists that they are Pakistanis has landed the state at the top of a new judicial and constitutional volcano raising the fundamental question i.e., Can the self pronounced Pakistanis be allowed to rule over the loyal and patriotic citizens of India in their own country? Under the tenets of her own jurisprudence India has neither power nor rights to force the Buddhists of Ladakh, Pandits & Sikhs of Kashmir, Dogras, Gujjars and Bakarwaals of Jammu to submit to the rule of the Sunni Muslims of Kashmir valley who as Pakistanis have enmass declared their allegiance and loyalty with Pakistan . This leads the constitutional scholars to believe that even if the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti were to call off its agitation, for which obviously there is no possibility, the political situation in the state and mechanism of distribution of power has changed for ever. The above stated ethnic communities (Buddhists, Pandits, Sikhs, Dogras, Gujjars, Bakarwaals and others) will not allow themselves to be ruled ever again by the self confessed Pakistanis of Kashmir valley. On the other hand it is their right and responsibility to refuse accepting and/or recognizing a Govt. in J&K set up by Pakistanis. From their standpoint things cannot be allowed to be as usual any more. The Indian authorities will be acting outside the legal boundaries set forth by the Indian Constitution should they condemn the loyal Indian citizens to subjugation under the rule of Pakistanis within the territorial jurisdiction of the Indian Union. Thus the mockery of democracy in J&K perpetuated by New Delhi and Srinagar over the years is about to be buried under its own weight.
REORGANIZATION OF J&K ONLY VIABLE & DEMOCRATIC OPTION
Under these circumstances the two viable alternatives available to India for resolving this unrest are either deny the right of vote to all those who have openly and publicly declared themselves to be the citizens of India’s mortal enemy i.e., Pakistan – as Pakistanis cannot exercise franchise in India, or undertake the much awaited and demanded new political reorganization of J&K State. Such reorganization will divide the state in four politically equal and autonomous parts i.e., Ladakh, Panun Kashmir, Kashmir and Jammu . Given the traditional strategy of pampering of the Sunnis by GOI over the years they are expected to make hue and cry claiming that Indian Hindus were robbing them of their legitimate right of ruling the J&K state by breaking up the state. They have tasted blood and they are not going to give it up without fighting back and expressing their indignation – a usual tactic applied by Islamists. There is however, one more pragmatic option for reorganizing the state without breaking it up yet empowering all communities without discrimination.
CREATE A NEW STATE CALLED “ UNION OF LJPK”
Under this option a Union of LJPK (representing Ladakh, Jammu , Panun Kashmir and Kashmir ) be created, in which all newly created four autonomous regions will rule themselves democratically and independently of each other. However, the matters pertaining to the state as a whole will fall in the portfolio of the state and will be determined and deliberated upon by the state legislature composed of equal number of elected representatives from all regions. A system of rotation should be used for composing the cabinets and appointing Chief Ministers. However, the state will not interfere in the internal affairs of the regions without the express consent and permission of the regional authorities and the regions will be free to design their relationship with India and her Constitution. This formula will enfranchise and empower the entire population of the state without eroding the territorial integrity of the state. Those persons of the autonomous regions particularly of the region of Kashmir still expressing their allegiance with Pakistan should be free even encouraged to go to the land of their choosing.
Dr. Jagan N. Kaul firstname.lastname@example.org