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Published:November 27th, 2010 12:00 EST

Jammu and Kashmir: The Chandigarh Incident Unfortunate!

By SOP newswire2

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chairman, JKNPP and Member, National Integration Council has described the Chandigarh incident as unfortunate, where Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq and Mr. Bilal Lone were subjected to harassment in a public meeting yesterday.

The Panthers Party Chairman said that India is the largest democracy of the world and stands on the foundation of cultural and civilization since thousands of years. Tolerance and benevolence is the ethos of our cultural heritage. In democracy every citizen has right to deny, rebut or serve a rejoinder to any unacceptable or a derogatory remark or statement made by any other person in public or private.

Neither the Constitution nor the moral decency justifies the use of physical force or thrust and that too by the elite class. This is also worth recording and keeping in memory that Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq has never challenged the status of Jammu and Kashmir as integral part of India nor has ever denied the merger of Jammu and Kashmir through Accession with the Union of India.

The statement made on the floor of the Assembly last month in Srinagar challenging the constitutional relationship of Jammu and Kashmir as integral part of India and pleading emphatically that J&K never merged into the Union of India deserves condemnation and adequate legal action. This is surprising that a national party which claims to be an alternative political party at the Centre has been exploiting a section of the suffering people by trying to demonstrate their muscle power forgetting that there are many more democratic and civilized methods to rebut any political statement causing communal conflict or tension in the society.

It is expected from political elite in this country that self-respect, human dignity and grace shall not be given up at any stage keeping glory of cultural heritage of India which has been an Ocean of peace and communal harmony. Kashmir is as good part of India as Delhi, Bihar or Tamilnadu is and the citizens of India in Jammu and Kashmir should also be respected as citizens of the entire nation.

It were Janata Party (now BJP) leaders who joined hands with Mirwaiz Maulana Farooq (father of Mirwaiz) in 1977 and even visited his home in Srinagar as Mirwaiz was one of the principal actors in support of Janata Party in 1977 elections. Tomorrow, the cycle can rotate to some other direction and this should not be forgotten by the leaders of a nationalist party in the interest of the unity, integrity and communal harmony in the whole country.