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Political lynching of Jammu and Kashmir

Abrogation of article 370 and 35 A is nothing but gangsterisation of the ruling party against the much reserved minority community. Also, what Indians are celebrating is not the rebirth or the so-called “unification”, but a calculated political lynching of Jammu and Kashmir.

I am not surprised how certain people endlessly eulogised the ruling party’s stripping and bullying of the locals’ rights. As it very much echoes their chant of Kashmir being the “integral part of India”. Truth be told, the celebration is more owing to egotistical pride– supposed victory over the decades old tension against Pakistan, suppression against the voiceless and grasped over the piece of heaven, which mainlanders had been eyeing for decades now.

Reality check: we don’t care a tad bit about the woes and cries of the Kashmiris. We don’t understand the constant fear of being labelled as terrorist for raising ones concerns. Worst, they are not even allowed to express their anger openly. We are indifferent toward the daily struggle living under the brutality of the army personnel posted in the region. This “democratic and secular” nation taunts and crushes their shrouded dignity– belittles them for being different. Now their fears have increased manifolds.

We failed to empathise with them in every level.

Adding fuel to the fire, the ruling political party, BJP has mastered the art of imposing or forcing their beliefs and values on others. It makes us wonder if the BJP even know the meaning of “consent”. Or despite knowing the consequences, they are confident of public support for their every action or non-action.

Apparently, the future is uncertain for them and us too. The ruling party used “Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions” written in the Article 370 of the constitution to defend their actions. There is no disagreement in that. But, what is questionable is why the standard procedure was not followed to execute it?

What we need to know about Article 370:

  • The constitution gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 along with Article 35A says that the J&K state’s residents live under a separate set of laws: ownership of property, and fundamental rights, with respect to other Indian states. Owing to this provision, Indian citizens from other states cannot purchase land or property in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • The clause 7 of the Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh declared that the State could not be compelled to accept any future Constitution of India. The State was within its rights to draft its own Constitution and to decide for itself what additional powers to extend to the Central Government (via Wikipedia)
  • It is true that Article 370 (3) allows President to make modifications and public announcement declaring it’s discontinuity. But, it also says that there should be recommendations from the state legislature and opinions of the peoples’ representatives. In this case, there was no exchange of whatsoever.

Instead, the govt cancelled the Amarnath Yatra claiming a possible terror attack, leading to evacuation of tourists, non-Kashmiris from the state. Later the opposition leaders were detained, the city has been virtually locked down by thousands of paramilitary forces. There’s been no communication with the outside world. And the overwhelming fear of the denizens of being branded as “terrorists”. It is possibly the dawn of new oppression– indefinitely.

Failure in execution:

  • Gravely affected the basic human rights of the residents
  • Detention of the opposition leaders. It is a reminder of what Indira Gandhi did to India during her regime, the same is being done by the BJP in J & K.
  • Scrapping of Article 370 was not enough; it has also demoted a state into two union territories via the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill of 2019. Not to mention overnight.
  • Once again, this, without any dialogue or discussion with the state legislature or the people’s representative.

Also, it reminds us a similar technique of oppression used against some of the NE states during the unification of states post Independence. How it forced the Manipur’s prince under house arrest to sign a pact on gun point. How it burned down the villages, raped the women, brought bloodshed in Nagaland? How it bombed a town in Mizoram?

How would you feel if someone kicked you out of your own house?

Why this event is a reason to fear for the Northeastern:

  • We are bound to be skeptical. We don’t have the Hindu privilege to defend our land, culture and tribal identity. Extreme hate emanating from people is suffocating. Just recently our state burned for few days consecutively, when the ruling BJP led state govt tried to table granting of permanent resident certificate (PRC) to non-natives of Arunachal Pradesh in the state assembly.
  • Not to forget: impending danger to Article 371, which provides special provisions and status for Northeastern states to preserve our tribal culture and identity. Article 371 (H) implies to Arunachal Pradesh.

We are well aware how miniscule our population and how easily it can be crushed. If the ruling party BJP shows impunity regarding Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, then it has no guarantee other minority communities are safe under this regime. I’m sure people will cheer even then.

And, when it comes to history, it is proof that law has always sided with the powerful.

With regard to Jammu and Kashmir, regardless of how beautiful a cage is, it is still a cage.

Note: I am not a Pakistani, anti-national, leftist, congress . Just a concerned citizen with different view points.

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Taw Nana is a journalist and a social activist based in Itanagar. She blogs at thewhisperingvoices.wordpress.com

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Electoral roll published in Kokrajhar

12 Feb 2015 - 7:22pm | Hantigiri Narzary

Deputy Commissiner and Returning Officer, Kokrajhar Thaneswar Malakar published the the draft electoral roll in constituecy wise at a meeting held at DC office conference hall today in Kokrajhar in the presence various party and organisation leaders under provision of Rule of 11 of the Bodoland Territorial Council(Election) Rules 2004.

He said that the district adminsitartion  have appointed five Assistant Returning Officer(ARO) and 20 appointed 20 officers to conduct free and fair electoral roll publication for five BTC constituencies under Kokrajhar Sadar sub-division in the district. He said the officers are directed to supuervis the functioning of designated officers and to provide necessary help,guidance etc as when required for prepartaion of error free electoral roll.The claims and objections received by thedesignted oficers against their polling station should be disposed off as per rule and prepare manuscript and submit to the election officer,Kokrajhar through theconcerned AROs within the time frame of Assam state election commission,he said.

He said that last date of receiving claims and objections is February 27,last date of disposal of claims and objection is March 6 and final publication of electoral is March 16 next.He said that over all 11.41 percent has increased in comparison to BTC election of 2010 in five constituencies,of which 2,19370 voters were recorded in 2010 BTC election while 2,47631 voters will franchise their votes in the ensuing council election(2015) in the five constituencies,Malakar added.

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Ranjeet Das sent to jail

8 Oct 2011 - 2:30am | editor


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Is rhinos poaching a state sponsored crime?

Nagaon Police arrested one rhino poacher and recovered one horn at Juria Gadaimari Village in Nagaon on 07-03-15. Pix by UB Photos
10 Mar 2015 - 8:29pm | Daya Nath Singh

Recent controversy between Assam Governor, Padmanabha Balkrishna Acharya and Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi over the issue of rhinos killings in state has brought a number of questions in the mind of the people regarding danger to the life of world famous one-horn rhinos.  A large number people have started thinking whether the elimination of the state symbol is ‘state sponsored’ one?. Large number of brutal killings of famous rhinos in the state have come into light through media continuously for a long time, but the state administration seems to be uncared and unmoved on this serious subject. The head of the state as a citizen of India has every right to express his views and anguish on any subject relating to the state affairs and in case of anomalies may suggest and advise a way to correct the same.

The comment passed by the Governor about failure of the state administration in respect of safety and security of rhinos’ lives has triggered so high because the affected people through various means and agitations, have failed to bring any result. The media despite giving repeated ‘breaking news’ could not bring much impact on this serious issue. The Governor’s remark on the issue of handling the security matter of rhinos by ‘inefficient administration’ of the state cannot be termed as unwarranted as the comments of the common people go unheard despite a long wait.  The Chief Minister in spite of taking lessons from the advice has ‘threatened’ the Governor not to interfere in the matter of state affairs like rhinos killing. The Governor’s advice to forest minister to quit the post in case one is not in position to perform duties properly was not unwarranted. He also advised the local people the residents of forest land to take care and share responsibility of saving rhinos of the forest areas.

Since the Governor desired to discuss the issue with the forest minister and due to absence of the minister advised to quit the post in case of failure to perform properly, there is nothing wrong. But in absence of the forest minister the interference by the Chief Minister brings a doubt in the minds of the people of state as the rhino killings are also the subject matter like other syndicate matters going on continuously for a long period in the state by political leaders. How can one challenge the advice given by anybody in the interest of the people of the state?  The involvement of state administration in the matter also gives feeling and creates doubt in the minds of the people to think over an earlier statement of the Chief Minister comparing the price of Kaziranga rhinos’ horns with the South Africa’s two-horned rhinos. It was reported as the chief minister saying that Kaziranga rhinos’ horns fetch more money in comparison to South Africa’s two horned one. This statement also gives a clue and creates doubt about the involvement of influential and political people in such illegal trade.