Rich Tributes Paid To July 13 Martyrs

PDP: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the martyrs of 13 July 1931 with their blood wrote a new chapter in the history of the state which created an urge among the people for freedom and dignity and  best tribute to these martyrs would be to create circumstances for resolution of Kashmir.

In a statement PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and President Mehbooba Mufti said the party has a clear vision of how to achieve the goals of democratic self rule, economic self reliance and social growth in Jammu and Kashmir. They said the martyrs had risen up against a system that sustained itself on exploitation and denial of democratic rights. The PDP recognizes their great sacrifice and pays glorious tributes to them not only through speeches but by actually working on the ground for a permanent and dignified resolution of Kashmir problem.

CPI (M): Paying glowing tributes to July 13, 1931 martyrs, the CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has said making Jammu and Kashmir a true democratic unit and doing away with the autocratic tendencies in the system is a real reward to the great people who laid down their lives for this cause.

CPI (M) leader said sacrifices offered by July 13 martyrs were aimed at fighting autocracy. These sacrifices, he added inspired the people to strive for establishment of a true democratic setup in the state which sofar seems a distant dream.

“One may disagree but the ground reality is that the institutions of governance have not come to the expectations of the people for dispensation of justice and better delivery of services. The polity of the state has also sofar failed to inculcate real democratic values that could facilitate people to get the maximum out of existing democratic and political institutions of the state,” he observed.

He said over eight decades ago the uprising started by those great people was aimed at relieving people of the state from miserable position of exclusion and suppression. But unfortunately the same has not reached to its logical conclusion sofar. The CPI (M) leader remarked that July 13, martyrs had inspired people of the state to be masters of their affairs and make decisions for their welfare but the people at the helm of affairs should go for self introspection vis-à-vis this cause.

The CPI (M) leader said that restoring the faith of people in democratic institutions need of the hour and added that aspirations of the people demand acknowledgement by those in power.  “Cementing the democratic and secular institutions of the state can guarantee transformation of J&K into a welfare state,” Tarigami said and added that political considerations should not cloud the true spirit of secular and pluralistic ethos of the state.

He said that commemorating martyrs day should not be a traditional or symbolic event but an occasion to re-dedicate ourselves for betterment of the people and strengthening of democratic and secular fabric where every citizen lives with dignity and enjoys socio-political and economic empowerment. Martyrs sacrifices can be guiding factor in this regard.             

CPI (M) humbly salutes the sacrifices of brave sons of the soil on this day and appeals all shades of political opinion in Kashmir to unitedly find out ways to take out people from the present dismal socio-political and economic scenario. The party describes it as a real tribute to the great martyrs.

NATIONAL FRONT: Terming the dream of the martyrs of 1931, incomplete, senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan said that the pro-India politicians who unveil the statues of Dogra rulers in Jammu have no right to shed crocodile tears on the Mazar-e-Shuhada.

Referring to a government function in Jammu early this year in which the “so-called state government representatives as well as the representative of New Delhi participated” Khan said, “Such type of hypocrisy is the identity of those who sell the freedom of their own homeland.”

“Early this year the government unveiled a big statue of late Hari Singh in Jammu only to please the Dogra voters. The same people will now visit the Mazar-e-Shuhada with flowers and will pay tributes to those who were killed by the hands of the same Hari Singh, this is the height of hypocrisy,” he said.

Khan said that the mission of the martyrs of 1931 is yet to be completed because their great sacrifices ended the autocratic rule of Dogras “but later Indian army occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir which continues till date. Unless and until the last army man of India leaves Kashmir, the mission of the martyrs will remain unfinished,” Khan said.

Paying tributes to the martyrs of 1931 and the people who were later martyred by forces, Khan appealed the people to pledge that martyrs blood will not be allowed to go waste and the struggle will continue till the forces are out.

PEOPLES LEAGUEJammu and Kashmir People’s League today paid tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 who laid their lives for the freedom of Kashmir and appealed people to join the party rally from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on the eve of martyrs’ day and make the Hurriyat’s program successful.

JKPL Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing Friday congregation at KMD Jamia Masjid, paid  glowing tributes to 1931 martyr’s and urged people reaffirm the oath of taking Kashmir freedom mission to its logical end. 

“13 July has the significance of marking the beginning of the ongoing freedom struggle. On this day the Kashmiris for the first time raised their voice against the atrocities perpetrated by the Dogra rulers on them and 22 persons offered supreme sacrifices of their life. The ongoing freedom movement is the continuous process of that struggle and it will continue till Kashmir gets resolved,” he said.

Waza added that Kashmiris have never accepted any kind of slavery and have resisted against the authorities of the rulers. He urged people of the state to reaffirm the oath of taking Kashmir freedom movement to its logical conclusion.

H appealed people to join the procession of Hurriyat leaders in every hook and corner of the valley on the eve of martyrs’ day and assemble at Martyrs Graveyard.

ANC: President of Awami National Conference (ANC) Begum Khalida Shah Friday said the sacrifices rendered by the martyrs of “our motherland are a beacon for us and it is as reason of those sacrifices only that today our leaders are enjoying themselves at the highest echelons of the state.”

While addressing the party workers here in a gathering organized to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the martyrs of 13th July 1931, Khalida paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the day said that those were the people and brave sons of the soil who for the first time came out in open to confront the dictatorial Dogra regime and gave a kick start to a fight to end the despotism for good.

Highlighting their contribution to start a wave of revolution for freedom, Begum Shah lamented that the present day political parties conventionally go to the martyrs graveyard on this day and feign as if they have deep regard and empathy for their sacrifices whereas it was the other way round and majority of them usually “but unfortunately happen to be unaware about the history, philosophy, polity and impact of that day.”

She as such urged all the leaders to stop doing politics out of the pious martyrs who gave their blood and rendered their precious lives for the betterment of their motherland and urged them to educate the younger generation of state about their role and contribution to our freedom struggle. Begum Shah also called for the present day dispensation and stakeholders to trace out the kith and kin of those martyrs and see to their predicament, issues, grievances and problems and try to address them in-case they want to pay tribute to those pious martyrs in the real sense.  

While throwing light on the event she said that it should also be remembered that prior to 13 July on 11th and 12th of July Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and his associates addressed the people at Batamaloo Masjid and Gawkadal Masjid in Srinagar respectively and apprised them as to how they were being treated and herded like slaves and animals by the then dispensation (Dogra Regime) which enthused and encouraged the people against the rule and further kindled the flame of freedom in them.

She further said that immediately after the fateful event of 13th July 1931 the following day on 14th July Sheikh was arrested along with his comrades including Choudhary Ghulam Abbas, Moulvi Abdur Rehim, Mistry Mohammad Yaqoob, Sardar Gowher Rehman and Ghulam Nabi Gilkar by the tyrant Dogra regime.   

Jama’at-eIslami: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir while paying glowing tributes to 21 people who were martyred on July 13, 1931 by the Dogra army said their mission will remain unaccomplished till Kashmir issue is resolved according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

“Jama’at believes these martyrs sacrificed their lives for supremacy of Islam and freedom from foreign occupation and the present phase of the movement is only continuation of their mission,” Jama’at in a statement said, adding that the great protests of July 1931 erupted after news about the desecration of the Holy Quran by Dogra soldiers in Jammu spread.

Jama’at said that the massacre of July 13, outside Central Jail Srinagar, when people were demanding release of Abdul Qadir, who was arrested after making a speech at Khankah-i-Maula against the desecration of the holy Qur’an and the oppression of Dogra rule, gave boost to Kashmir’s freedom movement. “But unfortunately, the leaders of that movement converted the great sacrifices rendered by people into petty personal gains by converting Muslim Conference into National Conference.”

“They did all this to ingratiate likes of Nehru and Gandhi in Indian National Congress and as a result Kashmir continues to be enslaved,” Jama’at added.

Jama’at said the people at the helm of affairs who place wreaths on the graves of these martyrs in stage managed official functions on July 13 are the ones who actually hinder the realization of their unaccomplished mission. “The mission of July 13, 1931 martyrs remains unaccomplished till Kashmir gets freedom as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”

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