Er. P.L.KhushuIt refers to yet another proverbial paradox from Gupkar on 15th October-2020. Immediately after the release of Mehbooba Mufti, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile J&K State, who was released from detention after 14 months on 14th October, NC leaders Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah met her immediately, to invite her for another all regional party meeting scheduled for 15th October 2020 and she accepted the invitation. National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah the organiser of this so called all party congregations announced the formation of People’s Alliance, in this meeting. The decision to formally name the alliance ‘People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ was taken in this meeting, which was attended by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other some other local political leaders. “We have now named this alliance and its formal name would be People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration’, National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah said after the meeting. “Our battle is a constitutional battle and we want the government of India to return to the people of the (erstwhile) state the rights they had before 5th of August 2019,” he added.Similar meetings were held earlier as well, when last year on 4th August the representative of the some local political parties of Kashmir held an all-party meeting at the Gupkar residence of President National Conference, to deliberate upon the then prevailing political situation triggered by massive deployment of security forces, the advisories issued, prior to the abrogation of the Article 370 from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.A resolution was passed in this meeting known as ‘Gupkar-Declaration’. The declaration had vowed to ‘defend identity, autonomy and special status’ of Jammu and Kashmir. It was followed by another Gupkar Declaration, which described the Centre’s decision to alter the region’s status under Article 370 as ‘grossly unconstitutional’ and a ‘measure to disempowering’ the people of the erstwhile state and the like.These meetings presided over by the President of National Conference were attended by some of the local leaders of the political parties of Kashmir. It can be said that it was a joint meeting of the disgruntled leaders of National Conference and the PDP mostly, as most of the participants in these meetings were from these parties only. Such leaders are back on their political jobs but without power, which they enjoyed for decades.Conspicuously there was no representation from the local congress party in this meeting or alliance. Congress has thus tried to save its face from further humiliation before the people of India, about such ‘Gupkar’ dramas. It per se was only a meeting of some local political leaders of Kashmir, from a particular community and religion, as no representation was there in this meeting from Jammu.What a ludicrous situation and hypocrisy to call it a people’s alliance when it is an alliance of just two families abetted and supported by one or two local disgruntled so-called political leaders, who are equally having hypocritical dynastic base and are experts in changing political sides for their self interests. This people’s alliance has no political face or representation from Jammu region. It is a wishful thinking for these self-styled leaders to call themselves the people’s representatives, when they do not represent even their family members fully from the valley, not to speak of having any base in Jammu division. All these so-called local political leaders have lost their prominence, credence and political jobs and thus are trying to save their faces before the general public by adopting such dramatic roles to befool people and in this process they are befooling their own selves as the people of J&K know them fully. Was it a conglomeration of Kashmir based local leaders versus Jammu populace?Shouldn’t it apply to this crowd of just six or seven persons who have formed this imaginary alliance for their wishful thinking of remaining busy while doing nothing, after having lost their political jobs. In this regard it is expedient to quote Ladakh MP Tsering Namgyal’s fiery speech on J&K bifurcation and Article 370, in Lok Sabha, who said that ‘Real Kashmir wants to stay with India’. While hailing the decision to revoke Article 370, he said that what will be lost with this decision is: ‘Sirf Do Pariwar Rozi-Roti Khoyenge Aur Kashmir Ka Bhavish Ujwal Hoen Wala Hai’. He means that if there is any loss due to the abrogation of Article 370, it will be the loss of bread and butter of only two families of Kashmir and the future of Kashmir will brighten.It looks now ambiguous and antagonising to listen to different versions of a political leader like Dr. Farooq Abdullah, when he proposes different postulates day in and day out, like talking to Pakistan about Kashmir problem, declaring that people of Kashmiri do not like India, preferring to have Chinese patronage, seeking Chinese help for the restoration of article 370 and the like. These statements are baneful and atrocious apart from being seriously seditious. In his latest statement while speaking exclusively to a TV channel, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that China never accepted the Abrogation of Article 370 and hoped that it will be restored with China’s support. He has further said that whatever they are doing at LAC in Ladakh, is all because of the abrogation of Article 370, which they never accepted. I am hopeful that with their support, Article 370 will be restored in J&K. “May Allah wish that our people get help from their might and our Articles 370 and 35-A get restored,” he added.A member of the Indian parliament speaking so and that too on the soil of India, it poses a question mark. The entire nation has taken these remarks as seditious and stipulations, and it has been condemned by every nationalist Indian. Freedom of speech and expression has its limitations. The constitution of India should not be allowed to be taken for a ride so contemptuously. It is now India versus Gupkar Gang.Dr. Farooq Abdullah as a mentor or organiser for his face saving is now desperately trying to rope in some other local insignificant political leaders of Kashmir and that too at his residence to pass resolutions about the restoration of Article 370 etc, to keep the pot boiling to show and exhibit that he is the representative leader of the people of Kashmir. If such an alliance is a real people’s alliance then why there is no participant from Jammu division in it. Such a gathering of various political leaders, which should have been having representatives from Jammu too, should have been held at prominent places of Srinagar like Lal Chowk, or Parade Ground Jammu, when it would have been called as people’s movement. But the situation is not so as none from the people of Jammu & Kashmir are bothered about them, particularly Jammu people. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are pretty happy with the decisions of 5th August 2019 taken by the parliament of India, merging Kashmir with India without any conditions. Such a resolution declaring it as a constitutional battle, has been passed by about some six local political party leaders, from a cozy drawing room of its organiser Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the spotty scenic location of Gupkar, which is the abode of a chosen few who have acquired it being the blue eyed-boys of Kashmir, from a particular community, adopted by the erstwhile governments of India, who had no specific policy about Jammu and Kashmir except an appeasement policy for the people of the valley ignoring Jammu in all respects.The timing chosen by the sponsors of such a thin meeting has a semblance with the situations around, to divert the attention of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for their role in administration during their governance of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard it has further relevance to the distinct tirade which has been set in motion by the new Lieutenant Governor to eradicate menace of deep corruption from Jammu and Kashmir, besides locating the earlier hidden pools of such hair raising events of corrupt practices involving the mighty people of politics and civil administration. In this regard a reference to the ‘Roshni-Act’ is a living bird which has started perching now. Thanks to one of the leading socio- politico organisation of Jammu which by their undeterred perseverance and efforts fought a legal battle for almost a decade, when the high Court of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered CBI to probe in the matter and investigate the currents and the under currents of this Act, allegedly benefiting lot of persons both from the high profile politicians and the bureaucrats of the erstwhile state administration. Such an action has further exposed the grand secretive intent of the politicians of Kashmir to make a demographic change in the population character of Jammu, with a vicious eye to convert the majority population of Hindus of Jammu into a minority population.The Roshni Act envisaged the transfer of ownership rights of state land to its occupants, subject to the payment of a cost, as determined by the government. It was enacted in 2001, by the then government headed by Dr Farooq Abdullah’s and it set 1990 as the cutoff for encroachment on state land. The government’s target was to earn Rs 25,000 Crore by transferring 20 lakh kanals of state land to existing occupants against payment at market rates. The government said that the revenue generated would be spent on commissioning hydroelectric power projects, hence the name ‘Roshni’. In 2005, PDP-Congress government relaxed the cutoff year to 2004. During the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who replaced Mufti Mohmad Sayeed as Chief Minister under a three-year rotation agreement, the cutoff was relaxed further to 2007. The government also gave ownership rights of agricultural land to farmers occupying it for free, charging them only Rs 100 per kanal as documentation fee. In 2014, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) estimated that against the targeted amount of Rs 25,000 crore, only Rs 76 crore had been realised from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013, thus defeating the purpose of the legislation. The report blamed irregularities including arbitrary reduction in prices fixed by a standing committee, and said this was done to benefit politicians and affluent people. In November 2018, the High Court restrained all beneficiaries of the Roshni scheme from selling or carrying out any other transaction in respect of the land transferred to them. High Court of Jammu and Kashmir recently has transferred the alleged multi-crore Roshni land scam to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with the directions to file action taken report (ATR) after every eight weeks before the court. CBI Director has been directed to constitute a team of officers headed by an officer not below the rank of Superintendent of Police. The Court further directed Chief Secretary along with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and all the Deputy Commissioners of 20 districts to render full assistance to CBI and furnish all record during the investigation. The situation demands a wait and watch position before the final outcome of the CBI probe comes out. But the currents and the under currents of such a probe have understandably shaken heels of the people involved. It has prompted some to make people’s alliances and divert the attention of the people from the real issues and as usual politicise the ground situations and polarise the people of Jammu & Kashmir on community basis, by making such alliances from one region of Jammu and Kashmir specifically, making it to clash with the people of the other region like Jammu, who are not interested at all in any such alliances. By all counts of appreciations the new effective socio political organisation of Jammu, which worked untiringly to get this alleged act of alarming corrupt practice to be probed by CBI needs a tremendous applause and clap, as this organisation has done a yeoman’s service to the people of not only Jammu but to the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir. Let us hope that this socio-political organisation of Jammu becomes a real voice of Jammu in other issues of Jammu as well, which have been repeatedly neglected by the erstwhile governments of J&K.(The author of this article is a chartered consultant civil engineer, who loves his mother land the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir)
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