By Prem Nath Bhat
While the ‘New Kashmir’ of sheikh Abdullah guarantees perfect liberty to the individual in religious, political and economic spheres, the practices of his lieutenants have made this freedom a fraud and ‘New Kashmir’ a nullity. Not even a single speech or a statement, passes without Abdullah’s claim of championing the cause of real secularism and true democracy. But behind it all stands the grim reality of his aims and intentions, ideas and practices. An active spectator and suffered of this show can narrate a few facts which would be an eye-opener to all who look at Kashmir through rosy glasses.
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The aim of the RSS campaign against cow slaughter is to arouse public opinion in the matter through out the country, express it in the form of signatures of adults of the land, and thus press the Government to prohibit by law killing the cow, milch or dry, young or old, throughout the length and breadth of Bharat, declared shri Guruji Sar Sanghchalak of the Sangh in a press conference this week in New Delhi at the residence of the Punjab Sanghchalak.
How the D.C’s and other high officials of the Abdullah regime demonstrate their religious intolerance and bitterness towards the Hindu community is interesting to nore. The Town Area Committee of Anantnag (Abdullah’s name being Islamabad) has constructed shops along the walls of ‘Nagabal’ a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, which has made this sacred place look like archaeological ruins and has destroyed its view and beauty. The order for this construction was passed by local TAC due to the pressure of Ghulam Mohamad Baig (maternal uncle of Mr Afzal Baig, the Revenue Minister) who is the president of the Committee. The order and allowance were totally in contravention of the pact signed by the leading Hindu and Muslim leaders of the State including sheikh Abdullah. This is by no means the only case of such a nature but just a specimen of Abdullah’s bonafides.
DC’s have further made it impossible for respectable Hindus to freely assemble at any place to study Gita and to discuss their culture, what to speak of politics. Any healthy and active regenerating movement is dubbed as a ‘Sangh movement and curbed with all force; for instance the branch of the Hindi Pracharni Sabha at Anantnag has been very much obstructed by the DC of the place from functioning smoothly.
The regime has reduced the local Hindus to the position of hewers of wood and drawers of water through its economic policies. The preferential treatment to Muslims and step motherly attitude towards Hindus has pulled down Hindus from their economic levels. The Big Landlords Abolition Act has still more worsened their position-Even the rightful minimum is not guaranteed to them. The Act gives the opportunity of cultivation of certain kannals of land but the Government does not even give this chance to the Hindus. In trade permits and licenses are provided to nearest relatives and friends so that Ministers can carry on trade in the name of their relatives
Now the Hindus, being educated and intelligent, eke out their existence with Government employment in administrative and civil services. But here too the policies of retrenchment of Hindus and employment of Muslims has made their position miserably weak.Thus Hindus are forced to migrate for their livelihood. Almost half of them have spread to distant parts of Bharat and the remaining are suffering at the hands of Secular gods of Nehru ‘make’—A policy of slow
poisoning has been carried by Abdullah which can make Kashmir ‘pak’ from Hindus. n