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Congress talking about discrimination with Jammu interesting
9/13/2017 11:24:51 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 13: Jammu was at the helm of affairs in the state for more than 101 years between March 1846 and October 1947. It provided a humane system of governance, which didn't discriminate between regions and communities. It was one of the most progressive states in India with all the Dogra rulers - Gulab Singh, Ranbir Singh, Pratap Singh and Hari Singh - doing all that they could do to make the life of the people happy. It was as progressive as the princely states of Travencore and Baroda.
Jammu lost its authority in October 1947 with Nehru and Sheikh working against Jammu and snatching political power from it immediately after the state's accession. Ever since then, Jammu has been treated like a colony is treated and ever since then, the people of Jammu province have been struggling to obtain their rights and share in the state's polity and governance, but with no result.
Not one political party ever appreciated the urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu province. Even the BJP, which all through posed as a pro-Jammu party, did grave injustice to them, despite the fact that it came into power in the state for the first time with the support of Jammu. It got 25 seats out of 37 and all the 25 candidates, many of whom were unknown and still not known, won the election with a massive mandate.
That even the outfits of the Sangh Parivar like VHP are unhappy with the BJP could be seen from what its chief Leela Karan Sharma told Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday at Jammu. He told Rajnath Singh that the BJP had turned out to be more pro-Kashmir and that the BJP had failed the people of Jammu province.
The point is that all the political parties based in Jammu, without any exception, played the Kashmiri games and rendered Jammu and its people irrelevant, ineffective and unreal for all practical purposes. The role of the Congress in particular, like the BJP, was highly negative. It enjoyed power in the state for years. Ghulam Nabi Azad would not have become CM, had Jammu not returned 15 MLAs to the assembly in 2002.
On Tuesday, some Jammu-based Congress leaders met with Rajnath Singh. They lodged a complaint against the BJP that it had let down the people of Jammu province and that its policies towards Jammu were discriminatory. So much so, they demanded some constitutional instrument to defend and promote the Jammu cause.
The Congress delegation told the Home Minister that "the mistrust, gap and regional imbalance on various fronts have widened between the regions and the BJP has been failing in its delivery on slogans of equality, equitable development and equal treatment in the political, economic and other spheres of life". They sought "constitutional mechanism" to ensure equitable development in all the three regions of the state.
The Congress leaders didn't think before they spoke. Had hey looked back and analyzed what the Congress did to Jammu, they would not have said what they said.
It bears recalling that in 2002 and 2008 the Congress had held out a promise that it, if came into power, will establish regional development boards/ amend the state constitution to federalize the state polity. It did nothing.
And what about Dogra certificate? It was the Congress which stopped the practice of issuing Dogra certificates to the Dogra youth. Not just this, the Congress hit the people of Jammu hard when Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad created eight new districts, four each in Jammu and Ladakh throwing to the wind the Wazir Commission report, which had recommended three in Jammu and only one in Kashmir. There are innumerable instances which show that the Congress allowed Kashmiri leadership to hurt Jammu to the extent possible.
Congress needs to take cognizance of what it did to Jammu between 1947 and 2015 and then talk about Jammu's aspirations.
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