PAGD criticise abrogation of Art 370, appeal people to stay united


BJP’s hoax of Naya Kashmir is a joke now; says PAGD

Jammu: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration comprising mainstream opposition political parties including NC and PDP on Wednesday decried the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019 as unprecedented assault on the Constitution of India, saying that it has damaged “the very bond of our relationship with India’’.

In a joint statement issued here a day before the completion of two years of the abrogation of Article 370 that guaranteed special status to the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, it also accused government of having crossed all the limits of constitutionality by demolishing the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.

Downgrading historic state of Jammu & Kashmir  and dividing it  into two separate  union territories  without the consent of the  people and also ignoring  the   Resolution adopted by  J&K legislature  on March 3, 2004  to preserve the unity and the secular character  of  Jammu & Kashmir state has  set a precedent that any state can cease  to exist  as a state and can be carved up into any number  of fragments any time , by placing it under Governors Rule, said the statement issued by PAGD spokesperson M Y Tarigami who is also a CPI(M) leader in J&K. Thereby the very existence of a  state becomes  a matter of central  discretion, a substantial step towards a unitary state, it added.

“The  abrogation of  Article 35 A made the status  of permanent  residents  redundant.  Protection of Jobs and   land rights  was removed  arbitrarily  which  deepened the alienation  and  sense of insecurity  in all the regions . The economy of J&K has virtually collapsed   as tourism  ,trade  agriculture , horticulture and Handicraft  sectors were badly hit. Employment opportunities  are shrinking . Is Corruption any less  and Goverence any better?  The fact remains not a single claim stands  the test of the scrutiny.’’ It said.  

Alleging that a process of throttling  of democracy and democratic rights  was initiated, it said that the clampdown  and continuous restrictions on the movement and association of the people  and gagging  the media  has  resulted in  forced silence. 

“Over the last two  years  it has become amply clear  why the Government of India was so insistent   on taking such drastic unlawful measures during these two years we have seen that people of J&K are being ripped apart into smaller units , ripped off their jobs and rights over the natural resources that are theirs.    Unconscionable  suppression of civil and democratic rights  continues unabated . indiscriminate arrests  and  harassment  of all sections  of our people including  employees  on different pretexts continues   and  issuing  dictates  like  the recent one not to provide clearance  for passport  and govt. services   any one involved in  “ law and order and stone pelting  cases” is one more addition . “ Adverse police report “ can not be a substitute for being found guilty in a court of law  . This amounts to violation of the most scared principles of the justice system,’’ the statement said.

The hoax of BJP’s Naya Kashmir  is a joke now, the statement said, adding the people have started questioning those in authority  as what they have achieved  by  destroying  the Naya Kashmir  which  came into being  through   protracted  historic struggle of the people of Jammu & kashmir.  And  empowered  the people of all the regions   and communities with dignity by  liberating them from the shackles  of  authoritarian monarchy  and ruthless  feudalism.

Pointing out that it was hoped the Govt of India  would realise  the futility of its decisions viz a viz august 05 2019. The recent participation of J&K Leaders  with the PM was a leap of faith on that hope but none of the measures required to begin rebuilding the shattered confidence of the people of J&K  has been taken . J & K remains as far from Delhi and from the Dil /heart of India as it has ever been.  Rather the distances are  further  widening    and dis-heartening  is  deepening.

 The PAGD appealed to all sections of the people in each region and community to remain united and not to fall prey to the false and  slanderous  campaigns  and divisive  attempts  aiming at  dividing and disarming our  people . “We are sure that at this time  of serious crises  we  shall not succumb but continue our struggle  in defence of our rights  using every opportunity  through  peaceful and legal means,” it added.