Kashmir unrest due to Delhi’s refusal to undo wrongs of history: NC
Opposition National Conference said on Sunday Kashmir unrest was due to New Delhi’s “continued refusal” to undo the wrongs of history and restore constitutionally legitimate rights of Jammu and Kashmir.india Updated: Sep 04, 2016 23:06 IST
Opposition National Conference said on Sunday Kashmir unrest was due to New Delhi’s “continued refusal” to undo the wrongs of history and restore constitutionally legitimate rights of Jammu and Kashmir.
“From 1953 till 2016 today, New Delhi’s continued refusal to undo the wrongs of history and restore the constitutionally legitimate political rights of J-K and its people have resulted in a pervasive sense of alienation and isolation in Kashmir,” it said in its memorandum submitted to the all-party delegation here.
“It is this sense of alienation and isolation that fuels all agitations in Kashmir including the current one,” it said.
The Opposition party said in recent years in successive efforts to pacify recurring agitations in the state, New Delhi has taken political initiatives in times of unrest only to abandon them in times of peace.
“The failure to implement the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s Working Groups on Kashmir as well as the shocking indifference and contempt shown towards the Interlocutors Report are recent examples of this pattern of apathy and callousness,” the party said.
“Similarly, the then central government refused to even acknowledge the Autonomy Resolution passed by the J-K Legislative Assembly in 2000 with a two-thirds majority. These glaring failures have provoked violence and instability in Kashmir,” it said.
The NC said there was a need for an acknowledgement of historical injustices perpetuated against the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the fig-leaf of “national interest” and “integration”.
“The fact that J-K has acceded to the Union of India under a certain set of conditions and has not merged with the Union needs to be respected. The erosion of the state’s autonomy from 1953 to 1975 needs to be reversed to uphold the integrity of promises made by the Union of India with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the party said.
“The relationship between the state and the rest of the country is unique and constitutionally validated and no amount of shrill rhetoric or jingoism can change this reality,” it said.
The party said that the genesis of the political issue in Kashmir lay in the erosion of the state’s internal autonomy and a number of broken promises that violated good-faith agreements between the leadership of the state and successive central governments.
“The dismissal of a popular, elected government in 1953 and the incarceration of J-K’s prime minister, late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, was the first blow that demolished the bond of good faith between Kashmir and New Delhi,” it said.
First Published: Sep 04, 2016 23:06 IST