Jammu: Recently Kashmir witnessed a fresh union of ‘Brotherhood and harmony’ with a ray of hopes to betterment on the annual festival of Ashtami at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Ganderbal district, where an ocean of Pandits from across the world congregated to pay obeisance and that too, together side both the separated communities, Muslims and Pandits, on June 11.
Kashmiriyat, Kashmir or Kashmiri’s otherwise, shown their mind-sets to welcome their old contacts and conveyed their willingness to join again with old networks. But then again, politically aware Kashmiri Pandits have welcomed Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on Article 370 of the Constitution where he calls the provision “temporary in nature”. Rather Panun Kashmir, an organisation of migrant Kashmiri pandits, said they have complete faith in the abilities of Shah to deliver a mortal blow to the sponsors of terrorism in the Valley and under Shah the Kashmiri Pandits would finally be rehabilitated in their more than 5,000-year-old home.
Intellectuals in the civil society of Jammu & Kashmir, however, looking at this statement by PK as full of political gains and motives as and when both the sections are moving ahead in positive directions then, giving political statements else supporting political causes by whichever of non-political organisations, otherwise seems as alike creating hurdles as such, articulated Sohail Ahmed and Sandeep Tikku, the two roommates studying in Jammu university. While talking about this statement by PK both stated that PK shouldn’t plant such seeds of distrust between both the communities, Kashmir and the rest of the country. Both also shown their surprise on ‘Panun Kashmir’ that also welcomed the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council to drop “Kashmir” from the regular reporting list, as they believe that organisation like PK should exert for confidence building between the separated brothers and spread positivity’s in a non-political manner there-for.
Anyhow, Amit Shah’s eagerness towards the Kashmir issue is clearly visible during the debate of the J&K reservation (amendment) Bill, where covered the aspects of Article 370, and the center’s stand on separatists and how history has shaped the current scenario. While in Bajpayee’s style Amit Shah also spoke about the concepts of Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat in the parliament.
And, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur, while taking his stand on removal of article 370, has said that even former PM Jawaharlal Nehru had said that the Article 370 and Article 35A, which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was temporary and would fade with time. Per Dr Jitendra Singh, “This so-called special status is an alibi created by the Congress and the National Conference.