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NO” to Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs
7/12/2009 11:44:39 PM
The recent expansion of the Council of Ministers in our State with non-inclusion of a member from the Kashmiri Pandit and the Sikh Communities might have come as a bolt from the blue to many but not to one like me who has firm conviction and belief that such things as have happened in the present case are within the ambit of the Constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir State. When we study the Preamble of our Jammu and Kashmir State Constitution, the term “Secular” is conspicuously missing. We have a mention of the term “ Secular” under Article 12 of the said constitution only to be repeated under Article 25 that comes under the heading “ Directive Principles of State Policy”. The provisions under the heading “Directive Principles of State Policy” are not justceable. The two minority groups in the State should therefore, bear with the provisions of the Constitution.
It is pertinent to state here that the provision of the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India 1976, extending the life of the Parliament and the State Legislatures to 6 years was extended to the Jammu and Kashmir State taking the time by the forelock by the then political dispensation but the provision relating to insertion of the term: Secular” in the Preamble of the Constitution of India was never done by the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature vis.a.vis the Constitution of the State thereby inserting the term “ Secular” in its Preamble.
Every right thinking person, therefore, should not grudge the present political dispensation in the Jammu and Kashmir State that no Kashmir Pandit or Sikh figures in the Council of Ministers. The Constitution of the Jammu and Kashmir State is the highest law book and nothing in the state should go against it. If it goes it definitely means violation of the Sacred Book and can also be termed an act of treason.
The members of the both communities should, however, remember in the light of this development that the unfortunate characteristic of our day is that propaganda has taken the place of personal influence. Politics has become so primary in modern life, that the masses are more moved by promises than by fulfilmement. They are slow to learn that those who turn the lights of heaven, by that very act turn out the light of earth.
Sincerely yours,
Predhuman K. Joseph Dhar
Senior Journalist,
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