By Daya Sagar
A Look Through The Mist
It is only the mainstream Kashmiri leadership from Valley that has been regularly complaining that Government of India / Indian political leadership/ Bharat has not been caring (i) for Kashmiri aspirations (ii) not caring for fulfilling some “promises” made with “Kashmiri” leaders at the time accession in Oct 1947 (iii) not caring for respecting the special status granted to J&K in the constitution of India (although even on 11th March 2015 in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question 138 Government of India has said, “in the Constitution of India, there is no mention of ‘Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir’. Article 370 provides for ‘Temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir’ (iv) not caring for the resolution accepting the State Autonomy Committee report that was placed on the Table of the House on 13th April, 1999 regarding which motion was moved by P.L. Handoo, Law Minister on 8th April, 2000 (in the words of National Conference something like Autonomy for State Government from Central Government ) that was passed with majority on 26th June 2000 by J&K Legislative Assembly but the Union Cabinet on 4th July 2000 `unanimously’ rejected the June 26 resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly endorsing the report of the State Autonomy Committee (SAC) that the then Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani while talking to newspersons that if accepted would set the clock back and reverse the natural process of harmonising the aspirations of the people of J&K with the integrity of the nation (it is only the Kashmiri Valley leaders who question Government of India for having rejected a resolution of State legislature – that was well within the arena of Constitution of India – simply by an executive consent outside the Parliament} (v) not caring to consider the proposals as contained in Self Rule Framework that among other things vouches for granting Autonomy to J&K from Indian Nation State &constitution of a Council for Greater Jammu & Kashmir with representation of both India and Pakistan for the overall planning / control and the like for Greater Jammu Kashmir ‘region’.
The controversies like saying that though accession of J&K with India has taken place but J&K state has not merged with India like other princely states too have been promoted only by some main stream Kashmir valley leaders ( more vigorously by Sh. Omar Abdullah since 2010) and recently on 10th August 2016 even also by Dr. Karan Singh while speaking in the Rajya Sabha where a union minister of NDA -II Government was also present but he did not object to the ‘disclosure’ made by a very senior leader like Dr Karan Singh (who was Yuvraj in 1947 , Regent from 1949 to 1952, Sadar-e-Riyasat of J&K from 1952 to 1965, Governor after 1965 and Union Minister at occasions thereafter) that J&K has not merged with India after accession like other princely states did. Surely such like issues and questions have directly or/ and indirectly helped the game plans of the separatists too since the illusions for a common Kashmir valley resident could grow in such a controversial environment arising out of so important & delicate claims / opinions ( made even in Parliament of India ) remaining uncontested by the Central Government even nearly two years after that till writing this story.
It has also to be accepted that suggestions for extra territorial considerations and suggestions, whatever limited they may be, too have so far come from Kashmir valley only. So, Government Of India / Indian leadership for working out any solution through dialogue and negotiations worth amicably handling J&K affairs, must consider seeing to possibilities for even limiting the arena of dialogue within the boundaries of Kashmir Valley only by adopting any suitable / workable constitutional method so that during the process the works and developments outside Kashmir Valley do not suffer.
The class of issues that the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions have been making at occasion never had any extra territorial dimensions or questions regarding nationalities since the demands had been like reorganisation of the state into smaller states/ units, ordering fresh delimitation of single member segments of the legislative assembly , making good the neglect faced by the tourism sector over last 6-7 decades, allocation of special funds for the so inadequate surface communication network keeping in view the bad terrain that Jammu /Ladakh regions have , laying priority for long pending /over delayed/ neglected demands of four lanning of Jammu- Poonch , Batote – Kishtwar Highways, totally neglected horticulture in Jammu region , rehabilitating the families living under continued enemy threats along the IB/ LOC, the unresolved issues of the first victims of Pakistani Aggression 1947 ( POJK DPs), disproportionate number of employees from Jammu Region in Civil Secretariat in comparison to Kashmir valley.
At no time any committee or working group has been appointed by GOI under the pressures of such like demands.
(*Daya Sagar is a Sr. Journalist & Social Activist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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