Historical blunder rectified, will bring peace in Kashmir:- Paradise Regained

An abrogation of historic error.

On August 5, 2019, when home minister Amit Shah tabled the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 2019 and stripping Jammu & Kashmir of its special status, a historic error committed around 70 years ago, has finally been thrown into the dustbin. Article 370 had been the biggest impediment to the integration of J&K state, its abrogation, now, will help common people through jobs and better allocation of central funds and will end the long political hegemony of dynasties.

In two masterly thumps, the government repealed a Temporary Provision, Article 370 by overwhelming majorities in the two Houses of Parliament through Presidential declaration. It then bifurcated the state into two union territories (UTs) under Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, one to be called Jammu & Kashmir, and another Ladakh effective from 31 October 2019. This move signals proper Modi-Shah alchemy and their determination that transforms impossible into perfectly possible and holds ample amount of guts to take legal, social, political and geopolitical risks to curb unrest that has lasted ever since the Dogra ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the instrument of accession with the Indian Union in 1947.

Although, a bench of the Supreme Court once had opined that Article 370 was a permanent provision must understand its circumstances in context with Jammu & Kashmir. J&K based political parties have constantly been misguiding the local youth by telling them that Article 370 is their protection and bridge between Kashmir and rest of India. In face the logic is baseless and their false propaganda for vested interests while protecting their kith and kin from the turbulence. In contrast, some of the self-proclaimed feminists and liberals calling the move unconstitutional without knowing the fact that the powers of the Assembly lie with Parliament in the absence of Assembly in the J&K. Therefore, scrapping of Article 370 has been in a proper democratic process. Before the passing of the Bill, it has been debated for several hours in both the Houses. Thus, the most constitutional and correct option was chosen.

Article 370 is some kind of royalty which enormously enriched the few and under its shadow; the Valley has been through the several episodes of radicalisation, 30 years of grave terrorism, ethnic cleansing and what not. The worrying part is public order and public safety. During the 2011 panchayat polls, both Jammu and the Valley witnessed massive turnout, the state government then deprived these panchayats by starving them of funds. Without enabling legislation, as demanded by the Finance Commission, the panchayats lost over a thousand crore rupees by way of funds. This reckless action prevented the strengthening of democracy and suppressed rural development in the state.

Abrogating Article 370 was a difficult decision, bound to have a violent reaction in the Valley. The government method of preventing sizeable violence by deploying force is not at all unethical; rather, it is the duty of a responsible government. The restrictions in place are quite sensitive to ground realities. As and when the situation improves, they will be eased. We simply cannot allow jihadis to have a free run to incite mob violence. Article 370 made Jammu and Kashmir autonomous but strangely it hampered its people. We have to agree with the fact that Kashmiris too must express their sentiments about these decisions without letting their protests be hijacked by violent unrest or terrorism. Friday prayers, Eid and Independence Day have passed off peacefully is a matter of great satisfaction and something to cheer for and I am sure that in due course of time, we will witness less amount of restrictions and lifting of deployed forces with reduction of inconveniences faced by all Indians in the Kashmir Valley.

Article 370 entered the draft Constitution as Article 306A by N Gopalaswami Ayyangar. Through this provision, Ayyangar had proposed that state would have special powers to be excluded from the purview of the laws that Parliament of India would make and also would have the power to make its own laws. “Why this discrimination?”, asked Maulana Hasrat Mohani, a great poet and member from United Provinces in the Constituent Assembly on October 17, 1949. Ayyangar gave an unconvincing reply, that there existed special circumstances in the state and hence the special provisions. He was challenged by members like Mohani who asked why different accessions were being treated differently. Ayyangar’s logic was bizarre. The Instrument of Accession’s relevance was limited to joining the Dominion, he argued, adding that what mattered for the Indian Republic that was going to take shape on 26 January 1950 were the decisions in the Constituent Assembly. He was no doubt clever in making this distinction between the Dominion and the Republic, but not logical.

History also witnessed that Sheikh Abdullah’s National Conference party had boycott the 1946 Jammu Kashmir Praja Sabha elections, a state legislature, refusing to accept Maharaja’s authority. While the rest of the country was fighting the British with Quit India as the mantra, Sheikh Abdullah had launched the Quit Kashmir agitation against the Maharaja. It was in him that Nehru had reposed his trust and got four members nominated to the Constituent Assembly from Jammu & Kashmir including Abdullah himself along with Mirza Afzal Baig, Maulana Masoodi and Moti Ram Baigra. It was this clique that had supported 306A when it came up for inclusion in the draft constitution.

The parliamentary route of lawmaking was bypassed when the President incorporated Article 35A into the constitution in The Delhi Agreement, 1952, to further strengthen Article 370 as stipulated in Article 368. The Nehru government didn’t place it before Parliament for discussion, which is mandatory for amendments.

Article 35A defines the permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. On examination of 35A, it not only violates the golden triangle but also Article 15 and Article 16 as well. It is the same Article which rendered the lives of Dalits settled in Jammu. They are trapped in a vicious cycle of refugee life. They are unable to get PRC (Permanent Resident Certificate), hence ineligible for any job and scavenging is the only option left with them. It also treated refugees from West Pakistan as outsiders and these people have been deprived of their rightful legal rights including rightful inheritance to land. Hence, it disallows the marginalized population of the state of their basic constitutional voting right.

Article 35A further leads to gender inequality by denying J&K women of their right to property on marrying outsiders. Ironically, such exclusionary provisions do not apply to the men marrying outside.

The Opposition’s argument that Article 370 was a link to the state’s accession to India is fallacious. The state’s accession had concluded on October 26, 1947, when Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession. Article 370, according to Ayyangar’s own words, took birth as a temporary provision because of the “special circumstances” in the state. The criticism by Congress is even more spacious because it is this party that has affected at least 44 amendments to this article in almost as many years.

It is, of course, the beginning of big phenomenon in the Kashmir Valley. It’s something that involves all of us and betterment for the public of Valley. The simple act of abrogation of Article 370 will lead to a floodgate of development. We will see industries, investors, job opportunities and other avenues available to the youth now in J&K too. Moreover, Article 370 had led to psychological isolation that created mental barriers. That was not just hindering development but also facilitating terrorism. The sponsors of terrorism could find isolated youth whom they indoctrinated.

There will be no pilferage from now on, corruption will be minimum and most importantly, with the empowerment of local bodies and panchayats in J&K by extending the 73rd and 74th amendments in Constitution, brought in by the Congress government [in 1992], funds will go directly to elected local representatives. The state governments at different points of time did not want that to happen in the past. They were manipulating and using the funds according to their convenience. If the fund, which is not less than Rs 10,000 crore, goes directly to local bodies, development activity is bound to get a boost. It is the step of bringing the common Kashmiri man closer to the ideas and values the rest of India has. Believe me, Kashmir is now on the path of peace.

The majestic red Chinar trees of the Valley, which has something to do with Kashmir’s literature, politics, and romance, will now find peace by bringing cheer to people whose lives have been marred by years of militancy.

Author’s Bio:-

Akhilesh Dhar is a 19-year old aspiring Journalist, who is keenly interested in Indian politics and foreign affairs with an interest in conflict based reportage. A couple his articles have been published on ‘Epilogue Magazine’.
At present, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Dr. DY Patil International University, Pune. He did internship in the month of June with MyNation (New Delhi), assigned to him by Think India. He also did internship with Zee Business (Mumbai) in the month of July.

Jamat-e-islami asking people of Pakistan to donate money on the name of Kashmir.

Pakistan:- Jammat-e-Islami Youth in Pakistan started donations by using name of Kashmir.

In donation bill it’s mentioned that Buy tickets worth 50 Rupees to show love towards the kashmir.

It’s not new that Pakistan has started earning money from such kind of donations.

Hafiz saeed led Jamaat ul Dawa were also seen asking for donations on the name of Kashmir.

Kashmir has become a business hub for many people across the world.

Terrorists Shot dead a shopkeeper In Parimpora Srinagar.


A shopkeeper was shot dead outside his shop on the outskirts of Srinagar by terrorists, the police said.

The incident took place in Parimpora area.

The shopkeeper was in his sixties.

He was taken to the police hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The attackers were carrying a pistol and fired from point-blank range.

Abrogation of Article 370: Kupwara locals optimistic of development

Vishal Panday (DNA India)

Kupwara’s sarpanch Basheer Ahmed also appreciated efforts of the Army and CRPF for contribution in the Valley.

Villagers of Anderhama say they want their children to use computers and connect to the world rather than roam around with guns.

The chatter of development and an uplift in the standard of living has now engulfed a rural part of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir close to the Line of Control (LoC). To gauge the public sentiment across the far-flung villages of the Valley, this reporter visited Drugamala block of Kupwara district where locals expressed optimism about the future of their community and the region.

Villagers of Anderhama say they want their children to use computers and connect to the world rather than roam around with guns. After the removal of Article 370 and the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory, Kupwara now hopes for a new ray of development.

“We have never seen the face of development in this region. The political leadership here kept us behind and didn’t bother any progress for us. But now, we want to make our children doctors, engineers, scientists, IAS, IPS. We want Kashmir to create a new identity,” said a villager adding the hope that big educational institutions will arrive in the region and so will better education.

Locals complained about the near absence of good infrastructure. Roads in the village have remained kaccha for a long time. Every snowfall, the condition turned bleak after the area used to get cut-off from the rest of the region. People were confined in their homes for days and hardly any assistance arrived.

After the government’s move to dump Article 370, we now see the possibility of development coming to this region. Modi’s move can bring new opportunities here. If education facilities get better, we will see our young getting jobs. Right now, there’s unemployment here and they are unhappy because of it,” said the sarpanch Basheer Ahmed. (DNA India)

Terrorists Abducted two civilians in J&K, One killed other one missing.

In a first such incident after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked, suspected Terrorists today abducted two members of the nomadic Gujjar community from a forested area in Pulwama district and later shot one of them dead, police said.

Abdul Qadeer Kohli of Rajouri district and Manzoor Ahmed of Khonmoh area of Srinagar were abducted by unidentified gunmen from ‘Dhok’, a temporary shelter, from the forested area of Tral in Pulwama district around 7.30 pm, a police spokesperson said.
He said the bullet-riddled body of Kohli was later recovered by a search and rescue party, while an operation to trace the other person is underway.

This is the first Terror attack after the BJP-led NDA Government abrogated provisions of Article 370 and announced bifurcation of the state into Union Territories on August 5.

Meanwhile, normal life remained affected in Kashmir for the 22nd consecutive day today as markets and schools were shut, but the movement of private vehicles in the city improved, officials said.

G7 Summit 2019:-President Donald Trump and PM Modi discussed the situation in Kashmir among other bilateral matters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump on Monday on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in the French town of Biarritz.

PM Modi and Trump discussed various issues including Kashmir. Modi told Trump Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and the US President expressed confidence that both the countries will sort it out themselves.

PM Modi arrived in Biarritz from Manama on Sunday after concluding his three-nation tour to France, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Stone Pelters Killed Truck Driver Noor Mohammad in Bijbehara. No hue and cry?

A truck driver Noor Mohammed resident of Zradipora Urnhall Bhijbhera was hit by stone thrown from a lane at Bhijbhera this evening. The stone pelters pelted stones on the Truck number JK03 F 2540 taking it as a SF vehicle.

(File picture)

The stone pierced the pane & injured driver in head. He was rushed to nearby Bhijbhera hospital where from he was referred to SKIMS Soura. He however, succumbed to his Injuries and was declared brought dead.

The stone pelter has been identified and arrested.

A murder case has been registered at Police station Bhijbhera.
A few days back a girl was seriously injured in a stone pelting incident in downtown Srinagar. A case has been registered in that case as well.
(JK Police Tweets).

It’s not the first time stone Pelters have killed a common kashmiri. Such incidents are common now because of the selectively condemnation. No one dare to oppose, Question them.

No Hue and Cry? No, Because it doesn’t suits their narrative.

Kashmiri students sacrifice Eid to help Maharashtra flood victims

Despite facing a financial crunch away from home, around 100 Kashmiri students decided to forego Eid celebrations this year and instead pooled in their savings to help victims of the recent floods in south-west Maharashtra districts, earning the admiration of the local villagers.

Through NGOs ‘Sarhad’ and ‘Gadzunjar Mawle’, the team of Kashmiri youth-led by Zahid Bhatt, Firdaus Mir and Yunus Bhatt made a daylong trip to one of the worst-hit Bubnal village in Kolhapur, said ‘Sarhad’ President Sanjay Nahar.

“The students felt that in view of the massive damage wreaked by the natural calamity, they should not celebrate the Bakri Eid festival this time and instead divert all their savings to the noble cause of the flood victims. Its a truly admirable gesture,” Nahar.

Last week, they carried a truckload of clothes, foodstuffs and domestic article’s kits and donated it to 100 families in Bubnal. The students also lent an enthusiastic helping hand in the massive cleaning-up operations underway in the village, while an accompanying team of doctors carried out medical checkups of the villagers and gave them suitable medicines. (IANS)

Jammu and Kashmir internal issue of India, says Bangladesh

Bangladesh has described the prevailing imbroglio in Jammu and Kashmir as an internal issue of India.

“Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government is an internal issue of India,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday sharing Bangladesh’s position on Jammu and Kashmir.

(India Today).

Baramulla Encounter: Terrorist, cop killed another injured

Srinagar, August 21: One Terrorist, cop have been killed and another injured in a gunfight which broke out between militants and government forces in Kakarhamam area of old town Baramulla of North Kashmir’ on Tuesday evening.

A senior Police officer told that during course of firing one Terrorist has been killed and also one police cop identified as Bilal Ahmed lost life on the gunfight while another cop identified as SI Amardeep Parihar received bullet wound and has been shifted to hospital.

The officer further said that arms and ammunition was recovered and the identity of the Terrorist is being ascertained.

Earlier Reports reaching said that a joint team of Army’s 46 RR, 53 Bn CRPF SOG launched cordon and search operation in old town Baramulla.