Ready for any sacrifice to preserve Article 35A: Rana
Jammu, Sep 08: National Conference on Friday pledged to offer every sacrifice for upholding and preserving Article 35A, describing it as a constitutional guarantee to the unique identity and legitimate rights of people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, irrespective of religion or caste.
“Defending, upholding and preserving this constitutional proviso will be a befitting tribute to Sher-e-Kashmir”, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana said while leading the party functionaries and workers in paying tributes to Baba-e-Quom Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 35th death anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.
The senior party leaders according to the statement issued to KNS paid floral tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir while fruit and other eatables were distributed among the inmates of Vridh Ashram at Amphalla.
Rana said Article 35A reflects the identity of people and empowers them to shape their destiny. He said any attempt of fiddling with it will harm Jammu, especially Dogras– Mahajans, Brahmins, Rajputs, Khatris, Dogra Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Scheduled Caste and other segments of the society—more than the other two regions. He said the Dogras are becoming more conscious with regard to their rights and the likely subjugation they might suffer in the event of state subject laws, brought in by Maharaja Hari Singh Ji to retain peculiar identity and heritage of the Duggarland, are dispensed with.
“Dogras are genuinely concerned about the machinations being perpetrated to dispense with Article 35A, which may lead to non-state subjects making their way to Jammu because of its proximity to other parts of the country and conduciveness in terms of security scenario, culture, topography and terrain”, he said, adding that the main brunt will have to be faced by youth whose right to jobs in the government sector will be in jeopardy.
Saying that protecting Article 35A is saving the proud Dogra heritage and culture, Rana vowed that National Conference will take its ongoing crusade in this regard to logical conclusion. He called for identifying and deporting all the fake state subject holders, who were usurping the rights of Dogras in the Duggerland.
Paying tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir, the Provincial President described him a Yughpurash and a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi who tirelessly worked for promoting the idea of Jammu and Kashmir by strengthening the bonds of amity and brotherhood during most testing times when the sub-continent was undergoing a worst communal holocaust. “Preserving idea of Jammu and Kashmir is like preserving the idea of India”, he said and hoped that emancipated people of the country and the state will foil all attempts of divide and communal polarization.
Paying homage to Baba-e-Quom, former minister and senior NC leader Ajay Kumar Sadhotra lauded his vision of discarding two-nation theory and opting for a secular India, where equal opportunities are available to all, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed or colour.
Sadhotra recalled the immense contribution of Sheikh Sahib, like revolutionary Land Reforms Act, Single Line Administration, free education and said this made the state unique in the entire country.
He cautioned against the attempts of weakening Article 35A and said Jammu and Kashmir will unitedly foil all these moves to retain its identity and dignity.
Speaking on the occasion, former minister and Sr State Vice President Surjeet Singh Slathia exhorted the people to unite and fight the divisive forces, who were hell bent to compromise with special identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
Slathia recalled the relentless efforts of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah in making the people of Jammu and Kashmir masters of their own destiny and said his selfless service to the people will be remembered for all times to come.
Those who paid tributes to Baba-e-Quom included Th Kashmira Singh, Mr Rattan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Dr Kamal Arora, Mr Vijay Bakaya, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Babu Rampal, Mrs Vijay Laxmi Dutta, Mrs Bimla Luthra, Mr Usman Slaria and others dwelt upon various facets of the life of Sheikh Sahib. “Being inheritors of Sher-e-Kashmir’s grand movement, National Conference will fight tooth and nail elements inimical to peace and brotherhood”, they declared, saying this is the legacy the people of Jammu and Kashmir are proud to inherit.
Recalling the contribution of Baba-e-Quom, the speakers said the role of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah did not remain confided to a particular party, particular religion or a particular region.
“He fought for the just cause of people of Jammu and Kashmir and left an indelible mark of sacrifice and selfless service”, they added.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Th Rachpal Singh, Bushan Lal Bhat, Brij Mohan Sharma, Master Noor Hussain, Satpal Lakhotra, Deepender Kour, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Jugal Mahajan, Satwant Kour Dogra, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Abdul Gani Teli, Vijay Lochan, Surinder Singh Bunty, Pradeep Bali, G H Malik, Tanveer Kitchloo, Mohinder Singh, Mohinder Gupta, Ch Rehmat Ali, Mohammed Ayub Malik, G. H. Malik, S. Darshan Singh Azad, Rashida Begum, Dilshad Malik, Daljeet Sharma, Rita Gupta, Rakesh Singh Raka, Somraj Taroch, M L Munshi, Ashwani Charak, Anju Grover, Asha Mehra, Komal Manhas, Sanjay Gupta, Rameshwar Dutt, Rohit Bali, Riyaz Ahmed, S Balwinder Singh, Choudhry Akhter and others. (KNS)