TDN WOrld Desk: An organigastion of migrant Kashmiri Pandits Reconciliation, Relief and Rehabilation has called on the Modi government at centre to restore the special status of Jammu and kashmir by restoring the abrogated article 370.
In a bid to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, the only state in the country that had recieved Muslim Chief Ministers (the only exception is Anwara Taimur who was once elected as Chief Minister of the Assam state), the Narendra Modi led BJP government repealed the article 370 and birfucated the state into two union territories -Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Isssuing an statement Satish Mahaldar, chairman of migrant Kashmiri Pandits’ organisation called Reconciliation, Relief, and Rehabilitation, said on Monday,”We demand immediate restoration of statehood and special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Constitution ensures the right to equality that extends to individuals, communities, religions, regions, and all social and political institutions. The right to equality ensures non-discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, region, or any other social and political sub-categories.”
“Never before a state has been downgraded. This is not done in a democracy. One can’t have a military solution to a political situation and can’t go to war with their own people,” added he.
The statement mentioned that Jammu and kashmir was not the only state in the country with a special status. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, nagaland, sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand are the other states that were conferred with special status. A wide range of provisions are available to those 10 states that has been listed under Articles 371, 371-Ato 371-H, and 371.
The organization of the kashmiri pandit reiterated that a similar kind of special status should be granted to J&K for its own good.
“The special provisions should be to safeguard the interest and aspiration of the backward regions, to protect cultural and economic interests of the people, safeguarding the minorities and to deal with the disturbed law nad order in some parts of the state,” maintained Mr Mahaldar as quoted by Kashmir Life.
On Monday, Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of J&K, in a statement, said that he would not contest assembly election untill full statehood is restored.