Calls for restoring special autonomous federal status to J&K as a CBM, resolution of dispute through trilateral talks
Srinagar:Babu Singh, former state minister and founder-cum-global chairman of Nature-Mankind Friendly Global Party, has strongly opposed the “unrealistic, irrational, illogical, biased and historically distorted” statement of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
In a statement issued to GNS, Singh said that Jammu and Kashmir had already its own Constitution of 1934-1939 during the period of Dogra-Monarchical rule.
He said the State has the special right of its own Constitution rooted in its history and based on conditional accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India (Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communication) on 26 October 1947.
Babu Singh, who is also the chief editor Nature-Mankind Friendly Global Viewpoint and Central Committee member of Jammu Kashmir United Peace Movement said, “The historical fact is that Jammu and Kashmir being a Muslim majority state, despite of large scale communal riots and communal partition of India in 1947 had rejected the Two Nation theory and Islamic Pakistan and opted Hindu majority India.”
“It was the commitment of Indian leadership with the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir to protect their identity and historically existing majority demographic balance only existing in J&K along with constitutional and legal protection to its autonomous-federal special status,” he said.
Babu Singh said the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution is not the aberration but historically and rationally a very relevant and positive factor which is continuously under attack under the “distorted and misguided theory of aggressive communal Majoritarian-Nationalism, which had already proved and will be further proved counterproductive”.
“So far as national sovereignty is concerned, in a pluralistic multi-ethnic country, it must be accommodated in a federal spirit like United States of America where all 50 states have their own state constitutions and dual citizenship along with state flags,” he said, adding, “The federal model with autonomous states with their own state constitutions along with federal constitution helps to address the diversity and multi-ethnic, multi-sub-national and multi-cultural aspirations and urges which convincingly motivate the diverse identities for integration into a society.”
The former minister said the idea of One Law and One Constitution and merger of diverse and different identities through exothermic process into one identity is “unrealistic” and the idea of “forced integration” is very dangerous and counterproductive.
“The nation building process is not an exothermic process but a process based on a scientific-rational and realistic national-building social model,” he said.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is the biggest stumbling block before India and Pakistan and the progress of South Asian Regional Cooperation and a main bone of contention between the two countries.
“Historically, the Jammu and Kashmir is a trilateral political dispute since 1947 and needs trilateral solution through trilateral meaningful dialogue process by convening trilateral summit,” Babu Singh said.
“We should learn the lessons from the past blunders like erosion of special status, breaking of historical commitments and mishandling of J&K through military, and stop further mishandling of very sensitive and very turbulent Jammu and Kashmir dispute. We should not fiddle with Article 35-A, and restore the special autonomous federal status as a confidence building measure,” he added.