The Congress, which was virtually decimated by the alienated electorate in the last general election, has unleashed a no-holds-barred vilification campaign against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The nation would appreciate the BJP-led NDA Government and the Election Commission of India if they act and act tough against the Congress party and the Pakistani spokespersons like Salman Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyer writes Prof Hari OM.
The point is that the Congress, like the NC, has turned radical hoping that its identification with the secessionists’ anti-India cause will help it capture the communal space in the Valley.
Omar Abdullah not just questioned the political status of Kashmir vis-à-vis India, he batted for separatists and Pakistan while misinterpreting the Instrument of Accession.
These laws have not only jeopardised general political and economic rights in Jammu Kashmir, depriving the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and other Backward classes (OBCc) of the rights and privileges which are available to their counterparts in the rest of India.
” The demand in Jammu is that the BJP must review its ties with the PDP keeping in mind the national interest and the interest of its core constituency without harming the interests of Kashmir and Kashmiri people” argues Prof Hari Om.
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.