Kashmiri leaders exposed
Kashmiri leaders exposed in Six weeks have passed since the Modi government’s historic move to remove Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. If we examine the global and domestic reactions to this important step, then one will realize the huge cost that India had to pay due to the indecision of Jawaharlal Nehru and later Nehruists. The Bhagiratha efforts that Prime Minister Modi made during the last five years on the global diplomacy front were seen to fructify when he assured the international community that the action taken in Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter of India. He said this much more vigorously in front of the US President at the Houston meeting that was being watched by the whole world. The historical fact is that in 1947, all princely states in undivided India were given the option to merge with India or Pakistan or remain independent. A total of 564 princely states merged with the Indian Union. These included the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which signed the merger treaty on October 26, 1947. Pakistan was upset when Jammu and Kashmir became a part of India. So he did the trick to grab her by force. He also captured some part of the kingdom. Since the state had merged with India then its occupied part of Pakistan is illegal called POK. India will have to regain it. This is the Kashmir dispute.
Discussion of the Kashmir dispute is necessary, because the Nehruvian, Congress party and Marxists, who have held the power of Delhi for long, gave Pakistan the scope to propagate that the merger of Jammu and Kashmir in India is disputed, while this state is legitimately Joined the Indian Union. The Modi government did remarkable work to rectify this situation. This is the reason that many countries declared that the issue related to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India. These include countries like America, Russia, Australia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Among neighbors, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives said in unison that this is an internal matter of India. The international community now came to know that only 14 percent of the entire state falls in the Kashmir Valley and the center of untoward incidents happening here is mainly limited to four-five districts of the valley. It was the failure of the Nehruists that there was a perception in the whole world that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was turbulent. It has now been fixed.
From the time of Sheikh Abdullah, the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir put full emphasis on upholding Article 370 and Article 35A for their personal interests. These leaders were mainly from the Kashmir Valley. These leaders launched their campaign in such a way that the secular and democratic traditions are not able to flourish on their part in order to spoil the demographic fabric of the state. These leaders remained silent on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. These Hindu minorities of the state were evicted from their homes thirty years ago. These leaders also did nothing towards ensuring the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits. They were happy that the Kashmir Valley has become completely Muslim-majority.
After the removal of Article 370, the country and the world are finding out how unconstitutional and discriminatory these provisions were. For example, it was shocking to hear that provision of ten percent reservation in educational institutions for economically backward sections was not implemented in the state. Second, the Valmiki community engaged in cleanliness work was not given permanent resident status in the old system. People of this community could vote in the Lok Sabha elections, but not in the assembly elections. Apart from this, if a Kashmiri woman had married someone outside the state, she would have lost her permanent resident status and would have lost her rights from her children too. There were other provisions which were biased and unconstitutional.
Articles 370 and 35A also proved to be biased towards other citizens of the rest of India. While Kashmiris could study in the best educational institutions in the country and could get employment anywhere in India, there were such barriers in Kashmir for the rest of India. They could neither get admission in Kashmiri colleges nor could they get employment there. They did not even have the right to buy and settle property there. You can see all the Kashmiri traders all over India, especially at tourist places, but Indians from other states were prohibited from doing business in Kashmir. It is indeed quite shameful that the leaders of Kashmir Valley who keep harping on democracy, have never raised their voice for the rights of Hindu minorities, Valmiki community or Kashmiri women. Nor did he take any initiative to end discrimination against other Indians. These leaders, who displayed a lack of decency and political will to protect the minorities here, must have shed their tears in grief over attacks on democracy and secularism in other parts of the country. It is a shame that some media institutions, especially English news channels where these leaders often appear, did not ask the question if minority Hindus would be evicted from India’s only Muslim-majority province. How can India’s secular traditions be preserved?
These media institutions continuously provided a platform to these leaders to continue to poison other parts of the country and to be free from the accountability of oppression of Hindu minorities in their state. The biggest achievement of the removal of Article 370 is that there was an openness of the hypocritical leaders of the Kashmir Valley who did not let the people of the rest of India come to the Kashmir Valley and made permanent shelter for themselves in Lutyens’ Delhi. It is shameful that the so-called secular people kept presenting these leaders as a symbol of secularism. Thanks to PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the real face of these hypocrites of the valley has come to the fore. Now Lutyens must dislodge their feet from Delhi as well.