Seminar on J&K Interlocutors’ Report in Hyderabad, Bengaluru
N Nagaraja Rao from Hyderabad
Social Cause & Jammu Kashmir Study Centre, Hyderabad Chapter, organised a seminar on J&K Interlocutors’ Report on July 1 at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram. Addressing the gathering chief spokesperson of J&K BJP Shri Jitendra Singh said freedom and separatism are the political weapons in Jammu & Kashmir and they are used whenever it is convenient by the vested interests.
Shri Singh reminded that one of the Interlocutors, Dileep Padgaonkar, was too intelligent to submit a report out of ignorance. Questioning the very locus standi of the Interlocutors, he recalled that the BJP had in fact demanded the resignation and disbanding of the Committee after they were seen enjoying luxurious hospitality of ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai before submitting their report!
In the beginning, Shri Madhabushi Sreedhar regretted the very constitution of the Committee and declared that it does not have a conceptual clarity. It appears Government of India has its own vested interests in seeking a report as it desired. He recalled a quote that said “if rulers are not committed they appoint committees”. Needless to say the rulers do not want to resolve the issue at hand and only the good governance keeps the issues of regional imbalances at bay, he added. Welcoming the audience Shri Raka Sudhakar, Input Editor of Saakshi Telugu daily dubbed the report as one more step to misguidance.
A similar seminar was organised by Citizens for Democracy at Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs in Bengaluru on June 30. Addressing the gathering Shri Jitendra Singh said the interlocutors’ report is against national interest, which would break the democratic integrity of the nation.
“The interlocutors do not even consider nationalist people including 10 lakh Pok refugees uprooted in 1947, 4 lakh west Pak refugees of 1947, 4 lakh Kashmiri Pandits living in exile since 1990, terror victims of Jammu, Ladakh and even Gujjar, Shia Pahari Muslim as stakeholders for final solution of dispute,” Shri Singh said.
He said no specific recommendation for PoK refugees, Kashmir Pandits and terror affected people of Jammu region has been made by the interlocutors. “They failed to discuss the real causes of terrorism and forced migration of Hindus from Kashmir valley in 1990. They do not discuss, what is the effect of Union laws not extended in the state due to Constitutional abuse of Article 370. People of weaker sections including SCs, STs, OBCs, refugees etc, are not getting there due share but they cannot draw attention of the interlocutors. All the recommendations of the interlocutors will ultimately lead to reversal of process of integration of J&K with India started in 1953 after martyrdom of Dr Mookerjee.” Shri Singh added.
Senior journalist, Shri RK Mattoo, presided over the seminar. In different sessions of the seminar, a talk on ‘Article 370 and Discrimination in J&K’ was delivered by noted advocate Shri Vikram Phadke. Memeber of Parliament from Uttara Kannada, Sri Anant Kumar Hegde, spoke on Roots of Separatism. A talk on ‘The imbroglios at Pak occupied Kashmir’ was delivered by Shri Prashant Vaidyaraj, an IT professional. The programme was attended by select intellectuals and students.
(With inputs from Rajesh Padmar in Bengaluru)