Civil Society wants opinion building on safeguarding article 35-A

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Center for social and Development Studies, (KCSDS) on Friday passed a resolution that the civil society of Kashmir will send a memorandum to United Nation Secretary General, permanent members of the United Nation Security Council, members of the countries of OIC in order to inform them about the “nefarious designs of India to bury a historic and long pending dispute,” by abolishing Article 35-A of the Indian constitution through judicial activism.
“The civil society of Kashmir will send a memorandum/aide-memoir to UN Sectary General, all permanent members of the UNSC, members countries of OIC apprising them about the nefarious designs of India to bury a historic and long pending dispute through effecting change of demographies by scrapping their own committed constitutional safeguards of our state subject law etc,” the state issued to the media said.
The resolution was passed in a round table conference on Implications of Judicial Onslaught on Article 35-A for our identity organised by KCSDS. The event witnessed participation from the different walks of the society like doctors, academia, lawyers, journalists, social activists and various trade bodies.
Professor Hameeda Nayeem while addressing the participants said that Civil Society groups came to know about the intentions of RSS and Bhartiya Janta Party of scrapping Article 35A when Arjun Jaitley in a seminar said “if we scrap Article 35-A, then Article 370 will collapse of its own”. “We immediately held a round table conference but people did not show interest in it because people are not aware about its implications in the sate”.
She said that Article 35A provides a protection to Article 370 and its erosion started with the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1953.
Nayeem said, “When Sheikh Abdullah came back in 1975 he promised of reviving of the laws that were extended in the state, but the irony was that he launched another attack on Article 370 by passing land grant bill which empowers state government to gift land to corporations like NHPC to loot our resources as a result we have to beg them for our share,” she said.
Senior advocate Zafar Shah said that the meeting was necessary to make people aware about the questions posed by a lesser known group, We The Citizens, about the validity of Article 35A. He added that there are three parties involved in the case which include- We The Citizens, Government of India and Jammu and Kashmir Government.
“When the notices are issued the court procedure requires filing response. The Jammu and Kashmir government has filed a short affidavit on an advice of senior council FS Nariman who is appearing on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir.
“On behalf of the Union of India, there has not been any affidavit. We have to understand why the government of India doesn’t file affidavit. It is because they do not want to reveal their stance. They have kept their responses open so that the matter becomes more serious,” he said. The speakers said that they need to have the powerful voice to reach out to the world so that they can make world community aware about the plans of India.
During the five hour long conference it was also decided that the civil society members shall make people aware about the repercussions of the dilution of the Article.
One of the speaker suggested that civil society of Kashmir should also reach out to the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions as well because it will impact them in the long run. However a few felt reaching out to people of Jammu may not yield anything because of the anti-Kashmiri sentiments. A section of participants, however, said that there were many groups in Jammu who surely would agree with the people of Kashmir.

 

Civil Society wants opinion building on safeguarding article 35-A
Muheet ul Islam
SRINAGAR: Kashmir Center for social and Development Studies, (KCSDS) on Friday passed a resolution that the civil society of Kashmir will send a memorandum to United Nation Secretary General, permanent members of the United Nation Security Council, members of the countries of OIC in order to inform them about the “nefarious designs of India to bury a historic and long pending dispute,” by abolishing Article 35-A of the Indian constitution through judicial activism.
“The civil society of Kashmir will send a memorandum/aide-memoir to UN Sectary General, all permanent members of the UNSC, members countries of OIC apprising them about the nefarious designs of India to bury a historic and long pending dispute through effecting change of demographies by scrapping their own committed constitutional safeguards of our state subject law etc,” the state issued to the media said.
The resolution was passed in a round table conference on Implications of Judicial Onslaught on Article 35-A for our identity organised by KCSDS. The event witnessed participation from the different walks of the society like doctors, academia, lawyers, journalists, social activists and various trade bodies.
Professor Hameeda Nayeem while addressing the participants said that Civil Society groups came to know about the intentions of RSS and Bhartiya Janta Party of scrapping Article 35A when Arjun Jaitley in a seminar said “if we scrap Article 35-A, then Article 370 will collapse of its own”. “We immediately held a round table conference but people did not show interest in it because people are not aware about its implications in the sate”.
She said that Article 35A provides a protection to Article 370 and its erosion started with the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1953.
Nayeem said, “When Sheikh Abdullah came back in 1975 he promised of reviving of the laws that were extended in the state, but the irony was that he launched another attack on Article 370 by passing land grant bill which empowers state government to gift land to corporations like NHPC to loot our resources as a result we have to beg them for our share,” she said.
Senior advocate Zafar Shah said that the meeting was necessary to make people aware about the questions posed by a lesser known group, We The Citizens, about the validity of Article 35A. He added that there are three parties involved in the case which include- We The Citizens, Government of India and Jammu and Kashmir Government.
“When the notices are issued the court procedure requires filing response. The Jammu and Kashmir government has filed a short affidavit on an advice of senior council FS Nariman who is appearing on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir.
“On behalf of the Union of India, there has not been any affidavit. We have to understand why the government of India doesn’t file affidavit. It is because they do not want to reveal their stance. They have kept their responses open so that the matter becomes more serious,” he said. The speakers said that they need to have the powerful voice to reach out to the world so that they can make world community aware about the plans of India.
During the five hour long conference it was also decided that the civil society members shall make people aware about the repercussions of the dilution of the Article.
One of the speaker suggested that civil society of Kashmir should also reach out to the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions as well because it will impact them in the long run. However a few felt reaching out to people of Jammu may not yield anything because of the anti-Kashmiri sentiments. A section of participants, however, said that there were many groups in Jammu who surely would agree with the people of Kashmir.

 

 

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