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Four years’ rule of BJP Govt. at the Centre is celebrating its rule through the state controlled electronic media and the press, may be trying to prepare BJP’s manifesto for the next parliamentary election. BJP is in full control over the state run media and enjoys support of private media to a greater extent.

So much so that the people, the intelligentsia even some political parties do not find a space in the national newspapers to convey their views to the people. Some of the Union Ministers find enormous space in the media, at the cost of the state, to glorify four years achievements of what they call ‘Modi sarkar’. Some of them who are keeping a low key in beating the drums for Modi achievements may have realized the consequences they shall meet during the next parliamentary elections in India.

BJP made loud promises and main was integration of J&K with the rest of the country. BJP had been accusing the Congress and its allies for the failures of the previous governments concerning to the development and particularly in relation to the constitutional arrangements of the Union governments with the State of J&K which has not been fully integrated with the rest of the country. Article 370 in the Constitution of India according to the BJP and its mentor (RSS) was its fate.

They carried National emotional appeal during the past elections for the abrogation of Article 370 and full integration of the State of J&K which was left out from the list of integration by the Constituent Assembly while framing the Constitution. The BJP national agenda was only abrogration of Article 370. Article 35(A) was another obstacle in the Constitution of India which was inserted in the Constitution in 1954 by the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. This step made government of J&K superior constitutionally over the Parliament of India.

The Parliament of India was deprived under Article 35 to make any change in the Chapter of Fundamental Rights whereas the President of India had inserted 35(A) empowering J&K Govt. to demolish the effects of Chapter-III of the Constitution of India depriving the citizens of India residing in J&K of any or all fundamental rights. This is the State Affairs in J&K. All citizens of India in J&K have remained denied of their fundamental rights till date.

The BJP leadership, in power today, had made millions of declarations that party shall abrogate Article 370 and integrate the State of J&K with the rest of the country. It is important to know that 576 states had signed the Instrument of Accession including the State of J&K. 575 were integrated by the Constituent Assembly. When Constitution of India was announced on 26th January, 1950, it was shocking that J&K was kept out of the list of integrated states. Who is to be blamed? That is one issue.

But today the issue before the people of India including J&K has to be what BJP government at the Centre has been doing in this regard? Counting achievements through the government sponsored media or its ministers means nothing. Can Modi ji answer one question which entire nation is asking today? Why there is bloodshed in J&K? Where are the promises made by the BJP before contesting parliamentary election? Why BJP ministers in J&K are using a flag which is meant only for the local residents of J&K? Why BJP government in J&K is hoisting a separate flag on the Secretariats in Jammu and Kashmir?  

What is the relationship of the State of J&K with the rest of the country? Why all the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India are denied to the Indian citizens in J&K? Where are the promises made by Modi and his government that the BJP shall integrate State of J&K with the rest of the country ensuring one flag, one constitution for the entire country from Kanyakumari to Kashmir? The Modi government before beating the drums about their great or grave achievements should answer this question why the security of India is under threat along 778 kms. of long borders with Pakistan including international border as well as Line of Control. Shall Modi satisfy his own party about its stand to rule J&K without the support of the people?

 

In my estimate this is the greatest achievement of Modi sarkar which  has failed to provide security to more than 12 million citizens of India residing in the State of J&K. Modi sarkar must answer about its performance and about its achievements it has made in the State of J&K before beating the drums of its so-called achievements in four years. The security of the state has gone alarming in four years than ever it was. The prices of the essential commodities have gone out of control.

The prices of petrol and diesel could not be manned by the Modi government effecting the wretched of the earth even. Educational institutions manned by the state have been wrecked and more than million children are begging in the streets of India. New Delhi, the capital of India has more than 15000 begging children, seen in every street of Delhi from the skirts of Raj Bhawan to Raj Ghat.

What Modi sarkar has contributed to ensure social security to the wretched of the earth? A light indication the great electorates of India have given in 11 constituencies alone. The opposition parties in the country should go for a common agenda and common movement to provide security to the people of India and ensure equality, equity, peace and application of all fundamental rights to every citizen of India from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.   

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LONDON: A "Cross LoC Youth Conference 2018" gathered youth and academics from different regions of both parts of state of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday in London to discuss the issues concerning the region. The conference was part of one-day conference on Kashmir titled "Beyond Borders: Engagement and Dialogue Across Kashmir" organized by a Kashmir based think-tank, The Kashmir Institute, in collaboration with the South Asia Institute of reputed SOAS, University of London.

The organizers had divided the conference in two sessions - "Bridging Divide: Cross LoC Youth Conference 2018" - which was two session round-table discussion under Chatham rules between over a dozen students and scholars representing Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Jammu division, Kashmir division, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The afternoon session of the conference was a public panel discussion titled "Kashmir Beyond Borders: Peace, Engagement and Dialogue Across Line of Control" where Dr. Khalid Wasim (University of Cambridge), Dr. Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick), Dr. Mehroosh Tak (SOAS, University of London), Prof. Zafar Kahan (Formerly from London Metropolitan University), Victoria Schofield (Author and commentator), spoke in a session chaired by Dr. Navtej Purewal (Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute).

In her opening remarks, Dr. Navtej Purewal, the Deputy Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute, thanked ‘The Kashmir Institute’ for partnering with the department in organising such a vibrant conference. "We are really glad to collaborate on this initiative and hope we can take this conversation ahead in near future," she said.

In the youth conference, participants gave the perspectives of their respective regions including sharing their experiences of how they relate to the ongoing conflict of the Jammu and Kashmir. The concluding outcome of the conference was that there has to be more intra-dialogue, regional connectivity within different regions has to increase, people to people contact should be facilitated and the Line of Control should not be seen as detrimental in finding a solution to the pending Kashmir issue. In the later part of the day, the panelists discussed the human rights violations in the Kashmir valley, particularly since the 2016 and why there is need to dialogue between India and Pakistan in order to find a way out for the region's growing problems due to the current political turmoil.

"This was our first joint initiative with the SOAS, University of London and we plan to work jointly in future, to connect more youth from two sides of the divided region and also focus on other aspects of Kashmir. Our work is to facilitate engagement between people of Jammu and Kashmir with each other and the youth conference will be one of our major focuses in coming years as our annual program. We are glad to organize it jointly with a reputed UK university, also where I was a student myself, and the aim is to focus on research on various regions of the state," said Fahad Shah, the Director of The Kashmir Institute, who was present at the conference. 

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Despite all these days, the pain of losing their remains. Grief, unfortunately, does not follow a defined trajectory. It is as palpable as it is indescribable. This bloody emotion that just occurred on March 18 at Balakote in Tehsil Mendhar. Won’t go away. Which bores down into you like a corkscrew, right into her (s) very core, and hollows her out, and fills the hole that’s left behind with something just a little less solid, a little less complete than what was there before. Some fill the hole with busyness. Some with work. Some with social lives. Some with booze. Some with relationships.  But they?

They guess their try and fill the hole with words. And they suppose that as emotional crutches go, they’ve heard of worse. Even now every time they think about the unfortunate incident, it never fails to wind and startle them. Stop them in their progressive tracks and they wonder will they ever, ever, get used to it? As the initial tears of shock dry up, what’s left behind slowly sinks down into them. And makes the life that’s left behind just that little bit heavier that it was before.

Will they ever adjust, they wonder to themselves, to the fact that their father, mother and 3 brothers are gone? Here they go again, nearly a decade later, talking about grief. Would they ever just get over themselves? Despite all these passed days, the pain is still here. Every time they write a piece about missing of their beloved ones and always think about the indescribable incident afterwards, ‘Well, tick. There’s that particular subject covered off. Right, what’s next when they will come to back from Govt Medical College (GMC) and Hospital?’ And then a couple of months later they will seem to always find themselves back in front of this real bloody life  screen, writing about it again, somehow trying to make sense of the fact that their loved ones  no longer around, without wanting to appear to be overly sentimental about it.  

Or self indulgent. Or just plain pathetic. And they are acutely aware of the fact that their real sibling dead in Pakistan shelling, and they find themselves-conscious about the fact that, despite this passage of time, despite all those years that have rolled by, all those words they have spoken and written, they still feel a gap where departed soul, which they can’t quite find anything to fill. And they feel like they’ve somehow failed. Parents die.

Children move on but injured badly. So why can’t they? And yet here they are again. Trying to get whatever they feel inside out onto this page of life. Because all they really know is that keeping ‘it’ inside, do they no good at all. So out it all comes. Roll out the dredger. Churn it all up again. It’s all still in there, simmering away beneath the sad surface. Whether they like it or not. And maybe, just maybe, the odd ‘churn’, the odd wallow, the odd ‘Feeling Sorry For herselfves’ session, will help them reconcile themselves to the facts before them. Because ignoring them certainly isn’t. Unfortunately, grief does not follow a defined trajectory‘would lost lives ever just get over it!’ Their reall as well imaginary reader or feeler responds, and that thought makes them want to shut up instantly. Because, rest assured, oh pragmatic one, the judge inside them thinks the very same thing.

Thinks that nigh on how the shell destroyed their all dreams off later, this is a subject that they should no longer need to ‘ address’ in any shape, manner or form. So for all those out there who may raise their eyes to heaven, rest assured, a very large part of their entirely agrees. On this incident one can views on said subject. ‘Would they ever just bloody move on? ‘But another, kinder, part of they are not so self-critical. Recognizes that this is how they feel about missing their lovely father, mother and three brothers. And still that is OK. That, unfortunately, grief does not follow a defined trajectory.

However inconvenient that may be. That time may be a great healer, but there’s no formula for how long. And if mind and heart Judge do not agree, or are irritated, or annoyed, or aggrieved, at them bringing up the subject again, head off now and click on the ‘Latest’ button about new shelling from across the border. And for anyone else out there who might equally struggle on occasion, sure stick around and they might just find some common ground. Her Uncle Mohd Shakoor and Grandmother Mansha Bee will bake in the oven of pain till to their final breath. In the end,we the people of this tehsil are drowned into the deepest pain-well and we have all kinde of support with Mahreen and Nohreen and pray to Allah that He may place the departed soul in most graded Jennat,the Jennat-ul Firdoss.

The writer is working journalist & President Press Council of Mendhar Poonch (J&K) can be mailed at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)