The late President R Venkataraman had urged the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to give the status of statehood to Jammu, confer Union Territory status on Ladakh and deal differently with Kashmir, saying it was always better to limit the area of strife.
It was this Article that dashed all the hopes of the refugees from Pakistan that they would obtain citizenship rights in the State and lead a dignified life as Indian nationals in Jammu and Kashmir.
At a time when the internally-displaced and persecuted Kashmiri Hindus were preparing themselves to observe the holocaust day, certain commentators with perverted thinking came out with nasty formulations to humiliate, insult and abuse the Hindus of Jammu province.
Jammu has become a force to reckon with after Lok Sabha and assembly elections and any move to exclude it from the government formation and deny citizenship rights to the refugees from West Pakistan would culminate in a major conflict between Jammu and Kashmir, which would help the votaries of the State’s trifurcation achieve their objective.
PDP has no mandate to impose its will on Jammu and Ladakh, where the people voted overwhelmingly for peace, development, good governance and national unity and territorial integrity.
Kashmiri leaders and members of Kashmiri civil society and their supporters in New Delhi and elsewhere would do well to look all these facts in the face, including the nature of mandate, and refashion their whole approach towards Jammu.
The BJP not only defeated the coalition candidates with very huge margins but also got the maximum number of votes. It got 32.4 per cent of the total popular votes polled. The People’s Democratic Party, which had also swept the polls in the Valley and defeated all the three National Conference candidates, including party president Farooq Abdullah. In fact, the BJP’s vote share was 1.4 per cent higher in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to its national average. Its national average was 31 per cent.
Indeed, Omar Abdullah has failed to take off or click despite his being in politics for more than 15 years now. He is the other face of Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav – all foreign educated – who are also sitting on the demise of the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, respectively.
The very resurgent BJP under the able leadership of Narendra Modi, who has a very vast passionate constituency throughout the country, and BJP national president Amit Shah, an organiser of organisers, on October 19 snatched the two other very political important states of Maharashtra and Haryana from the Congress ended the 15-year-long misrule of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the land of Shivaji and 10-year-long misrule of the corrupt Congress in Haryana.
The upcoming Assembly election in the sensitive border State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is very crucial for all the four major players – National Conference (NC), Congress, PDP and BJP. In Jammu province, it would be BJP vs Congress, NC, PDP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). It surely would be advantage BJP because it has a strong and stable constituency, which is also expanding by the day under the inspiring and skilful leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.
The story of crisis in Jammu & Kashmir and exploitation and blackmail of Delhi commenced when on October 26, 1947, when Mehr Chand Mahajan, then Prime Minister of J&K, went to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other central leaders to discuss the situation arising out of the Pakistani aggression in the State and negotiate the its accession with the Indian Dominion.
J&K has a Chief Minister who is not willing to accept the fact that the ISIS has been expanding its footprint across the world, including Kashmir.