Trifurcate State, Bifurcate Kashmir: BJP

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Hari Om pitches for four-way split of Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Ruling party BJP leader and former political advisor to J&K BJP president Prof Hari Om Mahajan Wednesday demanded trifurcation of the State into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh States and separate homeland within the Valley for the internally-displaced persecuted Kashmiri Hindus, saying the four-way split of the State has become absolutely an  imperative. The thrust of Hari Om’s ‘solution’ is to neutralize different political forces and alignments in the state owing to the state’s peculiar ethnic and cultural make up.

Hari Om said that trifurcation of the State and bifurcation of Kashmir is a must to restrict the area of strife to the Kashmir Valley and enable the people of Jammu and Ladakh and Kashmiri Hindus to shape and control fully their political and economic future within India and under the Indian Constitution, barring the separatist and regressive Article 370.

“Four-way split of the State would puncture the ongoing secessionist and sectarian movement in the Valley, defeat Pakistan’s evil designs and help New Delhi strengthen the nationalist constituency in this sensitive part of the country,” he said, and added that J&K State is an unnatural formation consisting of three disparate regions.    

“Division of the State has become all the more necessary considering the dangerous ganging up of all Kashmiri leaders against India and highly hostile attitude of Kashmiri leaders of all shades of opinion to even such petty demands as revival of Dogra certificate and withdrawal of the Jizya tax that was imposed on September by the ruling PDP to reduce the number of pilgrims to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishmo Devi,” Prof Hari Om asserted.          

“The nationalist and grossly ignored and politically marginalized people of Jammu region and Ladakh and the hounded-out Kashmiri Hindus do not want to have any kind truck with the radicalized and pro-Pakistan Kashmiri leadership,” he said, adding that they would get entirely submerged under the rising tide of Kashmiri Muslim sub-nationalism and the country would suffer huge losses in case the State is maintained as a single political unit.

The people of Jammu and Ladakh and Kashmiri Hindus cannot live under a system that has given veto power to the Kashmiri leadership to determine not only the fate of the State but also the fate of the non-Muslim minorities, he said, adding  that the existing politico-constitutional, administrative and economic structure is highly unitary in character and it has only helped the insensitive Kashmiri leadership to establish its stranglehold over the state polity, economy and all nation-building departments, including universities. “The existing politico-constitutional set-up has turned out to be a boon for the separatist Kashmiri leadership and it has made the life of the very vast nationalist constituency in the State a veritable hell on earth,” he further said. The political leadership in the region has never ever discharged its obligation towards the people of Jammu region in particular, he lamented.    

“There is absolutely nothing that is common between Jammu and the Valley and between Kashmir and Ladakh in terms of history, culture, language, ethnicity, political perceptions and aspirations. The people of these two regions have been longing for their complete merger with India and seeking the establishment of a system that makes them masters in their respective houses. They are vehemently opposed to  Kashmiri Muslims’ demands ranging from self-rule to autonomy to independence to merger with Pakistan to India-Pakistan joint control over the State to soft borders to demilitarization to Islamic banking. Their watchword and battle-cry all along has been complete merger with India and application of Indian Constitution to the State in full. On the contrary, the Kashmiri leadership has always held the Indian Constitution responsible for the alienation of Kashmiri Muslims and stood for a regime outside the Indian constitutional and political structure. Similarly, the Kashmiri Hindus,” Prof Hari Om further said.

The BJP leader urged the party high command and the Narendra Modi Government to look all these facts in the face and undertake steps aimed at isolating the Kashmiri leadership and reiterated his stand that the association of the BJP with the PDP is neither in its own interest nor in the interest of the State and nor in the larger national interest. The sooner the BJP realizes this and snaps ties with the PDP, the better it would be, he said, adding that the PDP has been using its association with the BJP to promote the Pakistani interests in the State and create conditions in the Valley that help the fanatics like Syed Ali Shah Geelani to mobilize anti-India forces in Kashmir. He expressed the hope that the BJP high Command and the BJP-led NDA Government would see the writing on the wall and reassure the nationalist constituency in the state that they shall always be at their beck and call. (CNS)

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