• “Abrogation of Article 370 is unconstitutional and a violation of the historical promise made to the people of Jammu & Kashmir”

    Press Release

    August 12, 2019

    Image courtesy: The Hindu

    We, the stateless state-subjects of the, now, erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, unequivocally condemn the abrogation of Article 370.

    We take this opportunity to remind the citizens of India that Jammu & Kashmir chose to accede because of the secular & democratic character of the Indian dominion. The state of Jammu & Kashmir was the only princely state which negotiated the terms of its accession during the proceedings of the Constituent Assembly of India in 1949, consequent to which the Article 370 came into existence without any opposition.

    Therefore we consider this move of abrogation of Article 370, made in stealth and using coercive means, to be unconstitutional and in violation of the historical promises made to the peoples’ of Jammu & Kashmir by the Union of India. The clandestine manner in which the Government of India proceeded in the matter, in complete exclusion of the opinion & consent of the Legislative Assembly of the J&K amounts to an authoritarian & undemocratic rejection of all norms of democracy.

    We reiterate the fact that, we the people of Jammu & Kashmir were not consulted and no decision about our future, taken without our consent can be termed as legitimate.
    We condemn and reject this unilateral, undemocratic and unconstitutional imposition on us.

    We call for an immediate lifting of the state of siege on Jammu & Kashmir. We demand immediate revocation of communication gag on the people of J&K. We also call for all political representatives to be freed from arbitrary and illegal detention.

    We are pained at the division of our homeland and we pledge that we stand united in this time of trial and crisis. We will resist any attempt made to divide us on ethnic, cultural and communal lines.

    Signatures:
    Rabinder Singh, Assistant Professor;
    Air vice marshal (retd) Kapil Kak;
    Upendra Kaul(U Kaul), Doctor, Cardiologist;
    Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times;
    M.K. Raina, Theatre and Film Artist
    Badri Raina, Professor, Author and Columnist;
    Nitasha Kaul, Professor and Author;
    Mona Bhan, Associate Professor and Author;
    Suvir Kaul, Professor and Author;
    Pradeep Magazine, Senior Journalist;
    Pushkar Nath Ganjoo, Retired Bureaucrat;
    Nirdosh Uppal, Social Activist;
    Sharda Ugra, Journalist;
    Marvi Slathia Ph.D.Research scholar;
    Shvaita Kaul, writer and political activist
    Nishita Trisal, PhD Student;
    Sagrika Kissu, Journalist;
    I.D Khajuria, Peace Activist, IDP;
    Prem Pal Singh, Lok Manch;
    Cathleen Kaur, Consultant;
    Raghuvir Singh Jamwal, Social Activist;
    Narinder Khajuria, Social Activist;
    Shubham Koul, Visual Artist;
    Ayushi Koul, Fashion Designer;
    Supriya Kissu, Student;
    Sakshi Raina, Student;
    Supriya Sharma, Student;
    Dr Bhupinder Singh, Dental Doctor;
    Amarjeet Singh, IT Professional;
    Arushi, Student;
    Sumeet Kour, Biotech Professional;
    Narinder Pal Kour, Retired Government Employee;
    Supinder Kour, Housewife;
    Sachin Raina, Student;
    Vivek Raina, Student;
    Satvinder Singh, Student;
    Simran Jeet Kour, Teacher;
    Swaran Singh, Businessman;
    Tejpal Singh, Businessman;
    Avtar Singh, Businessman;
    Jagroop Singh, Retired Employee;
    Shubham Kaul, Artist;
    Kuldeep Singh, Consultant;
    Parvinder Kour, Engineer;
    Satish Kumar, Consultant;
    Raman Kumar, Journalist;
    Kulwant Kour, Housewife;
    Jasbir Singh, Businessman;
    Agrita Chibber, Student;
    Sandeep Kour, House wife;
    Sanam Sutirath Wazir, Human Rights Activist;
    Parvinder Singh, Engineer;
    Simy Dhar, Engineer Entrepreneur;
    Kiran Ganjoo, Retired Teacher;
    Priyadarshini Arambam ,Clinical researcher;
    Priyawarat Kumar , Secretary;
    Prabhpreet Kour, Homemaker;
    Jason Singh, Student;
    Manpreet Kour, housewife;
    Jayant Ugra, Photographer;
    Avinash Azad, Journalist
    Akshay Azad, Journalist
    Ruchika Raina, Researcher
    Aditya Gupta, Lawyer


     

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