Omar Abdullah Challenges J And K Integration With India

  • By Bhim Singh
  • 8 October 2010
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Jammu  & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a speech to the Legislative  Assembly on Oct. 6, literally threatened to reopen all issues relating to the  State’s Accession to India in 1947, knowing full well that this was signed by  the only competent authority of the time, Maharaja Hari Singh. The maharaja’s  action was backed by all sections of society, Omar Abdullah’s grandfather,  Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the tallest leader of Kashmiri Muslims those days.

Mr.  Omar Abdullah told the Legislative Assembly 2010 in Srinagar that J&K’s  accession to India was conditional, and that there was no merger with the Union  of India. His comparison with Hyderabad and Junagarh cannot be taken lightly  because the young Chief Minister seems to be having a hidden agenda not different  from that of the anti-India elements. Mr. Omar Abdullah has stressed the  resolution of the unresolved issue, forgetting that Parliament of India in its  unanimous resolution in 1994 had categorically defined the issue - the  liberation of entire POK including Gilgit-Baltistan from the illegal occupation  of Pakistan. Omar Abdullah deliberately ignored this.

The  Chief Minister also failed to explain that the unconditional Accession of 1947  was ratified by his grandfather in the Constituent Assembly, and it was the  Constituent Assembly of India which made J&K an integral part of the Union  by putting the State under the cover of Article 370 at its very inception in  1950. Omar Abdullah also failed to appreciate that his grandfather in the  Indira-Sheikh Accord in 1975 accepted to work as Chief Minister under the  present constitutional arrangements. There remained no question mark on the  issue of integration of J&K with the rest of country.

It  is shocking that the State Chief Minister has emerged as spokesman of the  Jamaat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani by demanding that an Indo-Pak dialogue  should include Kashmiris. What he means by Kashmiris has not been spelled out  either. India has already rejected any tripartite talks and Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh has repeatedly invited Hurriyat leaders for a dialogue within  the scope and limits of the Indian Constitution.

The  Chief Minister has opened another Pandora’s Box by telling the Union of India  that he is not their ‘puppet’ and  telling the Centre that development in J&K is not the interest of the  people there, forgetting that he regularly comes to Delhi with a ‘begging bowl’ demanding a special  package to add to their loot.

The  Chief Minister has forgotten the magnanimous Central aid that Dr. Manmohan  Singh released in favor of the earthquake victims in Tangdhar region of  Kashmir. Recently, the Centre again dispatched Rs.100 crores for the Valley.  Omar Abdullah has forgotten that the Kashmir Valley is running on 90% financial  aid from the Centre. His rejection of the Rajiv-Farooq and Indira-Sheikh  Accords of 1975 and 1987 show the bankruptcy of his thought. Omar Abdullah  would not have figured anywhere in the J&K power house if Sheikh Abdullah  was not drafted as Chief Minister in 1975 and Farooq Abdullah was not crowned Chief  Minister in 1987 by Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, respectively.

The  Chief Minister’s exclusive thrust on the so-called ‘autonomy’ for what he  called sub-regions of Poonch and Doda smacks of an attempt to revive the ‘Owen  Dixon Plan’ to divide the State of J&K on communal lines, a line rejected  by the Indian leadership right from Jawaharlal Nehru to Dr. Manmohan Singh. The  Dixon formula was presented on American sponsorship to bail out Pakistan from  the Resolution of UNCIP, dated 13 August 1948, which had directed Pakistan to  withdraw all its civilian settlers and armies from the entire occupied areas,  including Gilgit. Dixon suggested in 1951 that the Resolution had become  irrelevant and hence J&K should be divided on communal lines as mentioned  above. This was why Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had to dismiss Sheikh  Abdullah in 1953 and send him to jail.

Omar  Abdullah’s speech in the House is intriguing, undesirable, and violative of the  constitutional mandate every Chief Minister has to follow. The Chief Minister  has taken an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India, and by declaring  that J&K is not an integral part of India, he has violated the law of land,  which cannot be ignored by South and North Blocks.

Unfortunately,  the Chief Minister also tried to compare the prevailing situation in Manipur  and Nagaland with the situation in Kashmir, demanding lifting of the Armed  Forces Special Powers Act from the Valley, forgetting that J&K is under the  threat of armed infiltrators and terrorists backed and sponsored by ISI, as  publicly admitted by General Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan.

Worse,  he has leveled serious and uncalled for allegations against the Union Home  Secretary saying, “I have a grievance. There have been some instances where  people have talked more than needed. The Union Home Secretary (G.K. Pillai)  should not have spoken about curfew.” The accusation that the Union Home  Secretary tried to undermine the institutions of the State by asking schools to  reopen and suggesting lifting of curfew deserves serious attention from New  Delhi; it was unbecoming behavior by the Chief Minister.

The  Chief Minister has targeted Governor N.N. Vohra; CRPF chief Srivastava who has  been dislodged to please him; the Chief Secretary of J&K and the Director  General of J&K Police. But changing of Governor will not change the  existing situation because the entire anarchy, curfew and bandh culture in the  Kashmir Valley draws legitimacy from the Chief Minister. Otherwise why did  everything stop, including the stone-pelting in the Kashmir Valley, when the  Assembly began last week? Let all who claim to be experts on Kashmir answer if  Syed Ali Shah Geelani has found a faithful successor in the Abdullah’s family  after all.

Prof. Bhim Singh  is Chairman, J&K National Panthers Party & Member, National Integration  Council

Editor:  The issue of J&K accession to India is raised time and again by India’s  opponents both within and outside the country. A pro active Government would  come out with a White Paper ie uploaded on its site and distributed at a  nominal cost of Rs 21/ at all bookshops countrywide.

The  government and media are obsessed with what Indian citizens of the Kashmir  Valley say and think ignoring those living in Jammu and Ladakh regions. The  Valley hardly contributes any revenue to the state exchequer but accounts for  bulk of spending and mind space.

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