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The truth and the reality about the kashmir

The country today needs to know the truth and the reality about the kashmir. And the reality is :

– That Kashmir is an integral part has never been an issue. Even
the separate constitution that the state of Jammu & Kashmir has by virtue of Art. 370, unequivocally state under section (3), “*The State of Jammu and Kashmir is and shall be an integral part of the Union of India.”*

– Also, in an unanimous resolution on J& K adopted by both the
Houses in 1994, the Parliament affirmed: “*The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate it from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means”*. It goes on to state : “Pakistan must vacate the area of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, which they have occupied by aggression”.

– That despite Parliament’s resolution, we have done nothing to assert
this right. Even when there has been widespread unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan in POK, we did not even express sympathy for the agitators who are legally Indian citizens. We let the Srinagar-Muzaffrabad road open but not Kargil-Skardu road.

– That the Kashmir conundrum could have been resolved easily at the
time of Independence and many times in later years.

– That on 14 November 1947 when the enemy was in full flight, the Army
had reached Uri but was stopped from advancing to Muzaffrabad and diverted to Poonch by the then government.

– That when we launched our offensive on 22 May 1948 and by 1 June
1948, we liberated Tithwal, we were tantalizingly close to Muzaffrabad. The operation was again called off. Similarly, in December 1948 after our resounding success in Ladakh and Poonch, we were well poised to liberate Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, but we agreed to a Cease Fire.

– That after the 1965 war, we handed over the strategic Hajipir Pass,
won at great cost, on a platter to Pakistan at Tashkent. And again in 1972, we were outwitted at Shimla when we surrendered our gains [90,000 POWs] without settling the Kashmir issue. The war won by our great soldiers was decisively lost by the then government on the negotiation table.

– That article 370 had its basis in Muslim majority in state of J&K is
a complete lie. It was only an interim arrangement enacted in view of Pakistanis aggression and the UN dimension which was brought upon due to follies committed by the then PM, Nehru.

– That Nehru himself promised its gradual erosion.

– That the nationalist Muslims considered it as an act of
discrimination. Maulana Hasrat Mohani asked for the abrogation of article 370 as it isolated the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Justice M. C. Chhagla demanded its abrogation way back in 1964. But 46 yrs on, it’s still there.

– That the majority of Kashmiris toe the separatists’ line is also a
hogwash. Not many know that the Kashmiri Muslims amongst whom the separatist sentiment and mob violence is largely confined, are in a minority. The non-Kashmiri Muslims like Gujjars, bakharwals and Kargil shias alongwith Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists together constitute 60% of the state’s population.

– That an opinion poll conducted in 2002 under the patronage of Lord
Avebury, a known British protagonist of Pakistan, found that only 6% Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan. 61% wanted to remain with India.

– That, more recently, in May 2010, Kings college of London University
carried out a similar survey in Kashmir, at the instance of the Saif al Islam, the son of the Col Gaddafi of Libya. The survey results were startling. It was found that only 2% of the people of Kashmir wanted to join Pakistan !!

– That separatist leader Gilani has demanded the release of Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru, who is perpetually awaiting a death penalty. *Can there be a better proof than this of him being a Pakistani agent ?*

– That the stone-pelters in Kashmir were paid goons. Its officially
established now that the goons were paid Rs 400 to pelt stones and to perpetrate mob violence.

– That there exists a nexus between state govt officials, Hurriyat,
HuM and stone pelters. Gilani and his agents in state government collected money from fruit sellers in Sopore to pay the goons every Friday. This has been confirmed by the Imam of Jama masjid in Sopore, Abdul Latif Lone.

– That the separatists have adopted an alternative strategy. In the
face of declining efficacy of terror and its global unacceptability, they have decided to resort to mob violence rather than indulge in stray acts of terror.

– That from young school children to women and elders – all are being
incited to throw stones at security forces and governmental buildings in order to provoke the security forces so that they are forced to resort to defensive action.

– That in the name of freedom of the Press, we allow the Valley Press
and the so-called secular, progressive media to constantly carry out anti-India false propaganda. The law on sedition does not seem to apply to them.

– That the govt of India pumps in thousands of crores rupees as an aid
to state government without assigning much responsibility. A good chunk of this money goes to buy the peace with trouble makers [read separatists]. The government spends money in the garb of govt jobs that need no office presence, construction contracts to build bridges to nowhere and to provide z plus security to separatists leaders. From the big trouble makers, the money goes down to finance mob violence and stone-pelting.

– That Indian citizens from other states can not buy land or property
in J & K while most of J&K businessmen and leaders including Omar Abdullah, own prime properties in Delhi, Bangalore and elsewhere.

– That the children of almost all of these leaders live outside
Kashmir and get modern education, travel the globe and live well. The jihadi life-style has been reserved only for the youth and the common men of Kashmir.

– That the propaganda against the security forces under the garb of
human rights’ violation is also untrue. The truth is that right from 1947, when Pakistan first attacked J&K, it is the Armed Forces which have had to make the maximum sacrifices to protect this inalienable part of Indian territory.

– That today, our brave soldiers are being unabashedly demonized. The
picture below tells whose human rights are being violated : [image: kashmir]

– That the biggest human rights violation in history has been that of
Kashmiri pundits. Descendents of Hindu priests with a recorded history of over 5,000 years, these original inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley were forcefully and brutally driven out of their homes. Nearly half-a- million pundits – 99% of their population in the valley had to leave their homes and property under one of history’s worse ethnic cleansing.

– That majority of these people – called migrants in their own country
– still live in squalid camps with spiralling health and economic problems.
Approximately 2,25,000 Pandits live in abysmal conditions in Jammu alone with families of five to six people often huddled into a small room. More than 5000 persons have died in these camps so far.

– That nearly 95% houses belonging to Pundits were looted. 20,000
houses were burnt, 14,430 factories were looted/ burnt/ occupied and hundreds of schools and temples were destroyed. Leading International Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International, Asia Watch and others have yet to take proper cognizance of the genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri Pandits.

Gradual extinction of a civilised community with an ancient culture is yet to shake the conscience of the world. For our so-called secular media/human rights organisations, this barbaric ethnic cleansing does not fall under the purview of human rights violations. The so-called cultural celebrities have time to spend in Maoist terrorists camps but they have yet to visit the camps inhabited by Kashmiri Pundits and see their plight !

Its time the youth and the people of this country understood these realities and acted before it’s too late. We must not succumb to the acceptance of separatists’ demands and we must call their bluff.

In 1953, the national tricolour was hoisted for the first time after Dr *Syama Prasad Mookerji*, entered Kashmir defying the permit system and launched the slogan – *Ek desh mein Do vidhan, do pradhan, do nishan – nahin chalenge, nahin chalenge. *(We cannot have two constitutions, two presidents, two flags, in a single country).

Dr. Mookerji’s martyrdom in Kashmir led to achievement of two of the three goals identified in this slogan. But the third one – separate constitution under article 370 has remained till date.

*Anupam Trivedi*,
Convener,
Communication Cell, BJP

RSS ideologue MG Vaidya calls for seperate Jammu, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pundits, a union territory ladakh and an autonomous Kashmir

RSS ideologue MG Vaidya calls for seperate Jammu, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pundits, a union territory ladakh and an autonomous Kashmir
Nirmal Pundey
Oct. 4, 2010
http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/21744.asp

It may be the viable solution that will create fear and frustration in Pakistan. It will be a win win situation for all sides especially Indian pride, nationalism and international prestige.
The 88-year old RSS ideologue MG Vaidya has stirred up a hornet’s nest with a radical proposal to carve out a separate state of Kashmir and grant it pre-1953 levels of autonomy with a “Wazir-e-Azam” (prime minister) as the government head, with powers over all subjects except defense, currency, foreign affairs and telecommunications.
Vaidya says these are his personal suggestions aimed at a clean-slate debate to contain Kashmir’s rapid drift towards separatism. Nonetheless, his advocacy of autonomy to Kashmir, a separate state of Jammu and declaration of Ladakh as a union territory reflects thinking within the RSS leadership as he continues to be a part of its think tank.
He insists that he is not expressing the “official position” of the RSS. The BJP and RSS have in the past out-rightly rejected the very idea of trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir that Vaidya is advocating.
Vaidya wants these ideas as a way forward in the troubled valley be discussed in a round-table conference, comprising all shades of opinion in the valley, to put in place a new framework that ensures that Kashmir remains an integral part of India and its people are not swayed away by the separatists. He says elements that seek merger with Pakistan should be kept out of such a consultation. Vaidya also suggests that the conference should also discuss the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Election Commission over the new state as also appointment of IAS and IPS officers in the state. He wants the new state to rehabilitate all Kashmiri Pandits who were forced into exile by the militant insurgency in late eighties.
Explaining why the Centre should continue to have its governor in the state, his note says: “During the British regime, there were many princely states that enjoyed complete autonomy on internal matters. But a British Resident used to be there to look after the interests of the empire and the geographic unity and integrity of the state was not damaged. So will it happen in the case of the new state. Our governor, like the British Resident, will have to be vigilant about the whole nation’s interest.

SEWA BHARTI JAMMU KASHMIR & LADHAK CLOUDBURST and FLASH FLOODS in LEH (J & K) – APPEAL for RELIEF -2010

SEWA BHARTI JAMMU KASHMIR & LADHAK
CLOUDBURST and FLASH FLOODS in LEH (J & K)
APPEAL for RELIEF -2010
LEH DISASTER
Leh the capital of Ladakh was devastated by two cloud bursts followed by the unprecedented rains. Ladakhthe second largest district after Kutch in Gujrat in terms of area is also known as land of high passes or broken moon. Surrounded by Kunlun mountain range in the North, Himalayas in the South, it is the sparsely populated regions of the J&K State. Renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture Ladakh has Tibet to the East, Lahul Spiti to its South, Jammu,Kashmir to its West and Kunlun region to its North. Leh also has the distinction of being one of the few remaining abodes of the Budhism in South .Himalayas create a rain shadow denying entry to monsoon clouds. The average rainfall being 90mm. It is with such geographic conditions that houses in Leh and other parts of Ladakh are mostly constructed of mud and mud bricks, which also helps them to maintain heat during the extreme winter months.
Destiny, however, had different designs when on Thursday night there were two cloud bursts in Choglamsar area of Leh which were followed by flash floods resulting into considerable portion of the old Leh town and to the new settlements in Choglamsar area. All this occurred in the dead of night when the people of Ladakh unmindful of the designs of the nature were lost in the world of dreams and were woken up by the roaring sound of the gushing water and cries of their helpless brethren. No one was aware as to what had happened and no one got the time to completely come out of their sleep and act for their safety in absolute darkness. Infact no one can act under such circumstances and before anybody could realise what catastrophe had befallen them they had been washed away or buried under tons of debris.
According to the latest conservative estimates 132 bodies have been recovered so far, more than 600 are missing besides the injured whose number is around 500. The link roads to Leh from Kulu Manali as also National High Way 1D connecting Ladakh to rest of the State and country have been blocked. The Choglamsar was reportedly inhabited by around 150 houses but the cloudbursts and the flash floods have devasted it completely and there is no trace of any inhabitation. This perhaps is the impact of global warming.
The devastation of this magnitude needs restoration on all fronts. On psychological front expression of sympathy and nearness with those who lost their near and dear ones, who lost their belongings etc.,on economic front immediate mitigation of the problems of those who survived the calamity but who lost every bit of their saved and secured future. No help, howsoever, of what-so-ever measure it may be can restore the original peace and tranquillity. The task is gigantic and beyond the competence of one agency or one organisation. The affected people need beddings, clothing, utensils, stores and many items of day to day need. Above all they need a roof over their heads to protect them from the ensuing harsh winter which when comes stays on and on.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
On an average a Family requires at least 4 quilts 4 blankets and equal number of mattresses 4 pillows a big darri. All this material suitable for high altitude places like Leh where the temperature goes below zero degree Celsius during winter months which start from October latest by early November. The approximate cost of these items works out to Rs 6500 per family of four members.
In clothing sweaters, warm shirts, inners, jeans/warm trousers, jackets are required. The average cost works out to around Rs.8000.
As regards utensils the minimum requirements are one pressure cooker of atleast 5 Lts capacity, 6 plates for lunch/dinner, 6 glasses, 6 katori 2 patila with lids2 buckets per family. The approximate cost works out to around Rs.2000.
The cost of constructing dwelling units comprising 2 rooms (one room 12*12 and the other one 12*15including kitchen) in mud with tin roof will cost approximately Rs. 2-2.25 lac without labour component for which we intend to involve the beneficiary. The estimates are only tentative and may vary depending upon the requirements of the site. Similarly the requirement is based on an assumption of 4 member family the factual position can be assessed only after the connectivity is restored. In the meantime the Sewa Bharti J&K through its unit in Leh in cooperation with Ladakh Singhay Chospa has already established a relief operation camp in Leh and is looking after the needs of the beneficiaries.
As already stated the task is gigantic in nature and surmountable only when we move together in the specified direction with a cause for our brethren who suffered the nature’s fury for no fault of theirs. Their plight needs to be visualised and their pain felt in our own hearts. Let us then dedicate ourselves for this noble cause and contribute our might in whatever way it suits us. Donations for the cause can be made on-line in A/c no.1948000101057923 Punjab National Bank for.