Tribune News Service
Jammu, August 27
Calling for sustained efforts for abolition of discriminatory and unconstitutional Articles 35A and 370 of the Indian Constitution, the Panun Kashmir today said these provisions had deprived women and minority communities of their rights.
It said a separate homeland for Pandits in the Valley was the only solution to the plight of the community.
These issues were raised during Panun Kashmir’s annual national convention organised to discuss political issues confronting the state, especially the displaced Pandits. Speaking on the occasion, a prominent activist and a leader of Ek Bharat Abhiyan Ramesh Shinde said there was a need to work for the total integration of the state with the country and empowerment of Jammu, Ladakh and displaced Hindus.
Historian Prof Hari Om dwelt on how Article 35A had deprived women of their rights while the successive governments had allowed settlement of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in Jammu province aimed at changing the demography of the region.During the day-long convention, the organisation also reiterated its demand for a separate homeland in the Valley citing it as only long-term solution for the settlement of minorities.
“The continuing struggle for implementation of the Margdarshan resolution for reorganisation of J&K and creation of a Centrally-administered union territory for the return and rehabilitation of Pandits will defeat the separatist ideology,” said Agnishekhar, convener, Panun Kashmir.The prominent speakers who spoke on the occasion included poet and writer Kshama Koul, former J&K DGP MM Khajuria, advocate Ankur Sharma and social activist Sushil Pandit.
Panun Kashmir chairman Ajay Chrungoo alleged that the events happening in Kashmir had clearly brought to the fore both the ideological content as well as the operational character of an intensely destabilising phenomenon.
“The intense mobilisation of public support, convergence of mainstream parties and all pervading tentacles of violent Islamist movement leave us in no doubt that the nation is not facing any sporadic, occasional terror incidents but a full-fledged jihad,” he said.