26 May 2012
"Article 370 Psychological Barrier between Kashmir & India"
Kashmir Telegraph News Service

Bharatiya Janta Party on May 24, 2012 in its national executive meeting, held in Mumbai, passed a resolution on the report of Interlocutors on J&K: 

The Interlocutors' report on Jammu and Kashmir has been deliberately released 36 hours after the Parliament was adjourned, sine die. This has been done in order to avoid parliamentary accountability of the report.

The BJP will react in detail after examining the report at length. The party, however, on a preliminary examination of the report expresses its disappointment on the same. The report is a verbose document written in denial about certain basic realities. Some of these facts which the report ignores are:-

i) Pakistan has not reconciled to Jammu & Kashmir being integral part of India and it is not likely to cooperate in terms of resolution of the political issues.

ii) The key problem confronting the state is terrorism, both cross- border and local, which is engineered either from Pakistan or local separatist groups. The report offers no solution to this problem other than suggesting dilution of anti-terrorism steps.

iii) The future of secularism and coexistence in the Kashmir valley where Kashmiri Pandits & Sikhs have been tortured, threatened, killed & compelled to leave the valley. The report offers no response to their rehabilitation.

iv) The report weakens the Indian position so stated in the 1994 resolution of the Indian Parliament that PoK is an Integral part of India. This report proceeds on the basis that PoK is and will be Pakistan Administered and refers to POK as PAJK (Pakistan Administered Jammu & Kashmir).

v) The report fails to consider that within the state there is huge discrimination against Ladakh and Jammu regions in terms of development, education, public employment, expenditure and number of elected representatives.

vi) The report fails to recognize that article 370 has been a psychological barrier between the state and the rest of the country. It has prevented investment & integration. It has weakened the constitutional link between the state and the rest of India. Rather than recommending the abolition of such a provision, the report recommends that it be made permanent by suggesting the replacement of word "temporary" with the word "special". It holds a hope for the future for recreating the offices of "Wazir-e-Azam" and "Sadar-e-Riyasat". It recommends the nomination of the Governor to be initiated by the state Assembly. It recommends the review of all post - 1952 laws and their application to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. This is a disastrous step since several laws made applicable to the state after the martyrdom of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukharjee in 1953 and the Indira-shaikh accord in 1975 will be reconsidered.

There are several areas of reservation that the BJP has on this report. Our founder Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee sacrificed his life to prevent "two vidhans, two Pradhans and two Nishans" in one country. This report tends to recreate what we have always opposed. The BJP rejects all these aspects of report in their entirety.

No taker of Interlocutors report in J&K 

There seems no taker of the Interlocutors report on Jammu and Kashmir as all the separatists groups as well as mainstream opposition parties, except People's Democratic Party, have rejected recommendations of the three-member panel while the ruling alliance partner National Conference and Congress have sought more time to react. 

Bhartiya Janta Party, Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party, Jammu State Morcha, Kashmiri Pandit and refugees organizations have dubbed recommendations of the report as disastrous, anti-national and an attempt to unsettle the settled issues. "There are several areas of reservation that our party has on this report. Our founder Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee sacrificed his life to prevent "two vidhans, two Pradhans and two Nishans" in one country. 

This report tends to recreate what we have always opposed. Out party rejects all these aspects of report in their entirety," said a BJP spokesman. Further, he added, the report is a verbose document written in denial about certain basic realities such as role of Pakistan in engineering terrorism here and support of separatists groups to violence, issue of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, refugees and discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh regions. 

JKNPP chairman Prof Bhim Singh has said that the Interlocutors recommendation for constituting a special Constituent Committee to consider all the post 1953 laws promulgated in J&K is a challenge to the integrity of J&K as part of the Union. 

Expressing his shock and anguish over the controversial recommendations made by the interlocutors, Panun Kashmir Convener Dr Agnishekhar rejected the report for being disrespectful to the plight and geo-political aspirations of seven lakh Kashmiri Pandits. 

Leader of the BJP, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, in his reaction, said that the report has attempted to unsettle the settled issues and they would oppose such attempts tooth and nail. "Free flow of laws under Indian Constitution is the only political solution of J&K, he added. 

However, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also working president of the National Conference, has said that he needed a few days' time to examine and discuss the report with senior colleagues before reacting. "Dear friends in the media, I will not be reacting to the interlocutors' report for the time being, will let you know when, and if, I am ready to," he tweeted on a social networking site. Similarly, there was no formal reaction from alliance partner Congress even as a senior leader, on the condition of anonymity, made a similar plea of seeking more time to react. 

State CPI-M Secretary Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami expressed surprise as to why the report was not tabled in Parliament, which was in session recently. "As it deals with long standing issues, the report needs a careful study. We have not studied it. We desire wider debate and discussion. CPI-M has been urging upon state for taking substantial steps to advance political dialogue with all shades of opinion in it," Tarigami said.

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