Round Table Discussion post repeal of Art 370 provisos
STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and Chancellor Central University Jammu, Ambassador G. Parthasarthy on Sunday acknowledged with satisfaction the overwhelming global support to India after revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “In United Nations Security Council, India got the support of 13.5 out of 15 nations over the move by China and Pakistan to raise Kashmir issue”, G. Parthasarthy said during Round Table Discussion on Post-Abrogation of Article 370 and Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act 2019, organised by Department of National Security Studies, Central University of Jammu in collaboration with Jammu Citizens Forum here this evening. Elaborating on the support by thirteen and half countries, the former diplomat said in a lighter vein that other than the mover of the proposal China, the United Kingdom remained ‘neither here, nor there’, which made one and half country support to the move by Pakistan. He said he was feeling proud as an Indian on witnessing the whole world behind India. He said never ever in his diplomatic career he had seen such an overwhelming support to any country. For the first time, Russia and the US were on the same page on any issue in the UN, he added. G. Parthasarthy said that in the present complex world, the foreign affairs should not be seen through communal prism. He was referring to the Pakistan attempt of raking up the so-called human rights violation in Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council and said that despite claiming the support of many countries, Islamabad could not muster the approval of requisite 24 countries for moving a resolution. “Most powerful countries of the Islamic World like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and other Muslim nations supported Indian point of view”, Parthasarthy said, adding that this isolated Pakistan completely. He noted the unflinching Russian support to India in the world body.
On the role of certain western organizations and media, the former High Commissioner to Pakistan said that India must learn to live with criticism. He said that he always believed that if freedom is given to media, it will lead to some damage but keeping the media away could have more damage. He, however, appreciated the appropriate handling of the situation internally and externally. He said while the situation has been handled well, by and large, but the challenges were there and these are to be met sagaciously, especially the sensitive situation like one presently. The former diplomat exuded confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the people of India had immense faith in him as also the Minister for External Affairs, who were doing extremely well on the global scenario.
G Parthasarthy had, however, a word of caution as well, saying that the support in the complex world should not be taken for-granted. He hoped that India will surmount all the challenges courageously. While Prof Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Central University Jammu presided over the session, President Jammu Citizens Forum Raj Daluja welcomed the dignitaries before the start of the proceedings of the Round Table Discussions. Prof (Dr) Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Vice Chancellor, Central University Himachal Pradesh, delivered special address and dwelt in detail on the historical perspective of Article 370. He said by revoking its provisions, course correction has been done with regard to the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Former Director General Police Dr Ashok Bhan participated in the discussions and answered questions during question-answer session. On the socio-economic aspects post revocation of Article 370 provisions, Prof Dipankar Sengupta, Department of Economics University of Jammu, Rakesh Gupta, President Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Bashir Assad, Freelance Journalist dwelt in length while Senior Advocate B. S. Slathia, former President, Jammu Bar Association and Dr Ellora Puri, Department of Political Science, JU spoke on political and security aspects. Ashwani Kumar, President Press Club Jammu and Pradeep Dutta, Editor, Times Now spoke on media and social media aspects post abrogation of Article 370 provisos. Prof. Jagannath of Central University of Jammu conducted the proceedings of the Round Table Discussion.
Vote of thanks was presented by Brig (retired) Sukhdev Singh. Prominent among those present on the occasion included former CVC and DGP (retired) Kuldeep Khoda, Lt Gen (retired) Rakesh Sharma, Maj Gen (retired) Goverdan Singh Jamwal, Brig (retired) Harcharan Singh, Chief Engineer (retired) Narinder Rohmetra, ADGP (retired) Alok Puri, IGP (retired) Ashok Gupta, IGP (retired) Gulzar Singh Slathia, IG (retired) Johnny William, Dr Sunil Gupta, former HoD, Department of Urology, GMC Jammu, Dr S K Bali, former HoD, Department of Nephrology, GMC Jammu, Manu Srivatsa, former President Press Club of Jammu, Neeraj Anand, President Confideration of Traders Federation, Kamal Mahendru, former Provident Fund Commissioner, Rajesh Gupta, research scholars and others.
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