Amid growing voices on the Duggarland being ignored by successive Kashmir centric political masses, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has all of a sudden threatened mass agitation over alleged discrimination with Jammu. Significantly, the warning comes a day after a Jammu centric civil society group led by an upcoming activist has announced a full-fledged war for the just cause of this ‘oppressed and exploited region’ for the only sin of being nationalistic and secular. However, the second fiddle ‘sickulirists’ have all along been sabotaging popular voices at the behest of their ruling bosses.
While soliciting support of ‘the heads of various religious bodies, social organisations and student unions’, the JCCI will have to explain why it missed the bus and opposed the most successful Jammu Bandh on 11th April this year by Jammu Bar Association and others. Their issues were almost the same raised by the JCCI except Rassana rape and murder case. The demand for CBI probe into the heinous crime of rape and murder was one of the issues, which got trumpeted to alarming proportions to malign Jammuites including those aligned with JCCI. The jingoistic media and elements with vested interest tainted and tagged the entire Jammu Dogras as rapist supporters across the nation and beyond the seven seas. The Jammu Bandh had no solace for extensions of Kashmir Centric political masters of the Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples’ Democratic Party either. It had the biggest opponent in the BJP which was overpowered by lust of power.
Had JCCI stood with BAJ at that point of time, it would have been really difficult for propaganda machines of the pseudo-secularists and separatists to go euphoric on social media by dubbing the Jammu Bandh as a sort of support to alleged rapists and killers of innocent eight years girl child in Rassana. The JCCI knew it was a mischievous and motivated propaganda. Nowhere it was proved that any responsible leader of the BAJ or Hindu Ekta Manch having condoned or trivialised the crime committed on a child, who belonged to Gujjar and Bakerwal community. They too had been vouching for exemplary punishment to the guilty. What disturbed them was the fact of attaching conspiracy angle to the rape and murder to, what they claimed, weed out the Gujjar community from Rassana and other adjoining areas.
While endorsing all other issues highlighted by the BAJ, like Rohingya deportation and expeditious completion of various projects like construction of AIIMS on fast track basis, resumption of work for Artificial Lake on River Tawi, Infra at Suchetgarh for border tourism, completion of Mubarak Mandi on heritage lines, menace of drugs, etc, the JCCI is silent on the directions issued by the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with regard to encroachments by Gujjars on the State and forest land. The JCCI should have sought revocation of the minutes of the Tribal Affairs Department (TAD), asking IGP Jammu and all the Deputy Commissioners, inter-alia, not to provide any police protection for eviction of tribals without the approval obtained from TAD; till a formal tribal policy is formulated and issued, tribal population shall not be disturbed or dislocated; in case it becomes absolutely necessary to dislocate any member or family of tribal population, the same should be done in prior consultation with the TAD; and, given the misuse of Section 188 RPC and Animal Cruelty Act against the tribals in a situation when animal rearing is their profession and they are required to transport their animals from one place to another, they (officers) should take due care while dealing with such cases.
Will the JCCI urge the Governor to scrap all these minutes, which are not coincidental but motivated? Those defending these encroachments are actually the conspirators, who want Jammu demography to be changed. How come the encroachers vacate the encroached lands and move to other vacant spaces after transferring the possession of their previous plots by way of ‘Agreement to sell’ or on affidavits to non-Jammuites, who have constructed over 50, 000 houses in the suburbs of the capital city, according to preliminary estimates?
Alongside the BJP, the JCCI must understand that the common man of the capital city will rally behind those who hold the Dogra cause to their chests. Nothing else can either hoodwink them or derail them from their chosen path.
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