The Telegraph – Tracking Kashmir: What happened while you were sleeping

Omar and Mehbooba under house arrest, Section 144 in Srinagar, restrictions in other areas

The Telegraph and PTI

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir/New Delhi – India, 05 August 2019. A raft of house arrests and restrictions have been put in place since Sunday night. On Monday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a cabinet meeting, which is generally scheduled on Tuesdays.

Since Sunday night, these are the main developments in Kashmir.

Arrest of leaders

Police officers said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would not be allowed to move out of their homes as curfew would be imposed in Kashmir at the crack of dawn amid a heightened terror threat and a supposed flare-up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).

Congress leader Usman Majid and CPM MLA M Y Tarigami claimed they were arrested on Sunday night. No official confirmation was available but no denial either.

Omar, who is from the National Conference, tweeted: “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store.”

He wrote: “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all please stay calm.”

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor responded to Omar’s tweet, writing: “You are not alone @OmarAbdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session & our voices will not be stilled.”

He asked: “What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens & their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?”

Mehbooba tweeted: “Hearing reports about internet being snapped soon, including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night.

“In such difficult times, I’d like to assure our people that come what may, we are in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to strive for what’s rightfully ours.”

Mehbooba also wrote: “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India.”


Security has been stepped up at vital installations and in sensitive areas. Mobile connectivity and internet services have been suspended.

Officials said restrictions on movement of people under Section 144 would come into force in Srinagar from Sunday mdnight and there would be movement restrictions in other parts of the Kashmir Valley at the crack of dawn too.

There will be a complete bar on holding any public meeting or rallies during the period of operation of the restrictions.

The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts and the Banihal area of Ramban district.

Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across Srinagar and in other vulnerable areas, the officials said.

Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas.

Schools and colleges

The Jammu district administration has asked authorities of schools and colleges to remain closed on Monday as precaution, officials said.

“All schools, colleges and academic institutions, both private and government, are advised to remain closed as a measure of caution,” said the letter of the deputy commissioner of Jammu, Sushma Chauhan, on Sunday night.

The Tribune – Visa denial upsets kin of Guru Nanak’s contemporary

Based in Pakistan, Rai Bular Bhatti’s descendants desire to visit Golden Temple (Harmandr Sahib)

G S Paul, Tribune News Service

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan, 04 August 2019. The descendants of Rai Bular Bhatti, a 15th Century Muslim landlord of undivided Punjab and a disciple of Guru Nanak Dev, are a dejected lot for not getting fulfilled their desire to visit the Golden Temple. Their application for furnishing visa formalities was repeatedly rejected by the Indian authorities.

Rai Saleem Bhatti (41), a lawyer at Lahore High Court and the 19th generation of Rai Bular Bhatti, said till date the visa could not be procured for the reasons best known to the Indian authorities.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal confirmed that the programme could not be held due to non-availability of Bhatti family. “We will take up the matter with the Union Home Department for facilitating visa to Bhatti’s descendants,” he said.

The Bhatti family, despite being devout Muslims, has kept alive their ancestral links with Sikhism for the past several generations.

Rai Saleem Bhatti and his 11-year-old son Rai Waleed Bhatti visited Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib on the occasion of nagar kirtan dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The family still continued the legacy by contributing in every way for the wellbeing of people living in the area. The 16th generation, Rai Bashir Ahmed Bhatti, Rai Hadayat Khan Bhatti played important role in Pakistan politics too.

Rai Saleem Bhatti said his cousins Rai Sarvar Khan Bhatti and Rai Ahmad Khan Bhatti’s family had donated 10 acres at Kot Hussan Khan, 5 km from Nankana Sahib, for setting up Nankana Sahib Foundation.

The purpose was to generate jobs and revenue for the upkeep of Sikh shrines in Nankana Sahib. “We desire to get it revived and take up the matter with the Pakistan government,” he said.

His father, Rai Akram Bhatti, also a lawyer, wishes to strengthen Sikh-Muslim cordial ties by conducting Sikh pilgrimage to the holy shrines and invite them to his place.

“Our family owes my birth due to the blessings of Baba Nanak only. Sikh devotees from any part of the world who visit Nankana Sahib hold special place in our heart and we take it as a divine opportunity to serve them,” he said.

Guru Nanak’s father Mehta Kalu was a munshi at Rai Bular Bhatti’s estate. Rai Bular Bhatti, who owned over 36,000 acres, had donated half of it to Guru Nanak in late 15th century. “Bhatti had donated around 18,750 acres.

On some part of the land Gurdwara Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Bal Leela were built. The remaining was leased to locals. The land is now under the control of the Evacuee Property Trust Board, Pakistan,” he said.

SGPC to honour them

  • The SGPC wants to set up a portrait of Rai Bular Bhatti, a 15th Century Muslim landlord of undivided Punjab and a disciple of Guru Nanak Dev, in the Central Sikh Museum.
  • The programme was scheduled for May 5, 2018, but had to be deferred as Bhatti’s descendants were denied visa.
  • Rai Saleem Bhatti, a lawyer at Lahore High Court and the 19th generation of Rai Bular Bhatti, said till date visa could not be procured for the reasons best known to the Indian authorities.

Gent: Portus Ganda – Gentse Gruut & Gentbrugge Braemstraat

Portus Ganda
23 July 2019

Portus Ganda

Traditional Dutch fishing boat
Zeldenrust – Krimpen a/d Lek

Gentse Gruut
23 July 2019

Gentse Gruut – Bar and Brewery
Discussion about minorities in Gent

The participants
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Canoes on the reopened Nederschelde

Gentbrugge Braemstraat
24 July 2019

This mess on our table will lead to a neatly arranged cupboard
See the next picture tomorrow

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Man in Blue

Organization for Minorities of India – RSS paramilitary’s US affiliates organizing Modi reception in Houston

From: Arvin Valmuci (ofmi) <>

“Howdy, Modi” event expected to draw mass protest against BJP leader

Houston – Texas – USA, 04 August 2019. Leaders of various US groups affiliated with the RSS, an Indian paramilitary, are organizing a grand reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston, but the controversial BJP politician is as “welcome as an outhouse breeze” for many minorities of India who have made Texas their home.

“We don’t want Modi here in Houston,” says Gurmail Singh, a local businessman. “We just protested Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard as the mascot of India’s KKK because of her ties to the RSS. Now these RSS groups in Houston want to throw a shindig for Modi.

He’s a creature of the RSS. He let his people murder so many minorities in India. Like we say in Texas, Modi is as welcome as an outhouse breeze.”

The RSS, founded in 1925, is a uniformed and armed group with an estimated six million or more members. Its founders drew inspiration from Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Its longest serving chief, M S Golwalkar, even wrote in 1939: “To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races, the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here.”

Modi’s reception is scheduled for September 22, 2019 at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The event is officially hosted by the Texas India Forum, a registered nonprofit.

Searches of public access lists of registered nonprofits, however, yielded no results for TIF. The group does not have a website, and its only online presence appears to be, the website promoting Modi’s reception.

Jugal Malani, a Texas industrialist, is the only person whose name is currently attached to the “Howdy, Modi” event. Malani is an advisor to the Houston chapter of the US branch of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation.

Ekal is an educational project founded by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the religious wing of the RSS. In 2018, the CIA declared the VHP a “religious militant organization” and the RSS a “nationalist organization.”

Malani is also the brother-in-law and business associate of Ramesh Bhutada, who is the Vice-President of HSS-USA, which is the international wing of the RSS. Bhutada is also an advisor to Ekal-Houston.

The Overseas Friends of BJP, the international wing of the BJP, is also heavily involved in organizing the reception. According to an OFBJP press release, Vijay Chauthaiwale, BJP Foreign Affairs Cell Chief, is urging the “US leadership” of the Indian political party to “mobilize the Indian Diaspora for the mega event.”

OFBJP executives such as President Krishna Reddy and others plan to “tour major cities to mobilize the community for the event.”

“Many minorities of Indian origin know Modi by the nickname, ‘Butcher of Gujarat,’” comments Arvin Valmuci, a spokesperson for Organization for Minorities of India. “The RSS’s many crimes against humanity include a pogrom against Muslims in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002.

Modi was chief minister of Gujarat at the time. Members of his administration as well as of Hindu nationalist organizations like VHP and RSS led the slaughter of thousands of innocent people, including entire families.”

In a report investigating the 2002 violence, Human Rights Watch stated: “The groups most directly responsible for violence against Muslims in Gujarat include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the ruling BJP, and the umbrella organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteer Corps, RSS), all of whom collectively form the sangh parivar (or ‘family’ of Hindu nationalist groups).

These organizations, although different in many respects, have all promoted the argument that because Hindus constitute the majority of Indians, India should be a Hindu state.” Later, in 2007, VHP and BJP leaders who instigated the violence confessed on camera that Modi “gave” them three days to conduct the pogrom.

“We are calling on every Indian-American to protest on September 22,” concludes Valmuci. “We are calling on every American politician to boycott the ‘Howdy, Modi’ reception.

We remind the American public that Modi has been passionately protested by Christians, Dalits, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and many others every time he has visited the West to appear at these self-promotional, propagandistic ‘rockstar’ receptions. We have one thing to say: ‘Adios, Modi.’”

Modi was protested by hundreds, perhaps thousands, during his receptions in New York in September 2014 and California in September 2015.

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The Hindu – Explained, how the status of Jammu and Kashmir is being changed

K Venkataramanan

New Delhi – India, 05 August 2019. The Union Home Minister introduced two statutory resolutions, one, to recommend that the President issue a notification rendering Article 370 inoperative, and two, to accept the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.

Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed special status under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. This Article describes it as a temporary provision and that it will cease to be operative if the President issues a public notification to that effect.

However, prior to that, a recommendation is necessary from the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir.

As a result of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir had its own Constitution, and all laws passed by Parliament will not be applicable to the State, unless the State government gives its concurrence. T

he President is empowered to decide what provisions of the Constitution of India would be applicable to the State and what are the exceptions, but with the State government’s concurrence.

The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954, lists the Articles and provisions that apply to J&K. Further, the President also listed a set of exceptions under Article 35A of the Constitution (this Article does not figure in the text of the Constitution of India, but figures only in the J&K’s Constitution).

While the 1954 presidential order constituted a founding legal document for Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A protected the exclusive laws, such as the bar on outsiders buying property and women marrying non-Kashmiris losing their property rights. of the State.

These special measures can be altered only on the recommendation of the Sadar-i-Riyasat of Jammu and Kashmir, acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers, or by the “Constituent Assembly” of that State. As of now, there is no “Constituent Assembly”.

This was how the Modi government has changed this special status of Kashmir overnight:

1. President Ram Nath Kovind issued a presidential order under Article 370 (1) of the Constitution. This clause enables the President to specify the matters which are applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.

As it can be issued only with the Jammu and Kashmir government’s concurrence, the notification uses the words “with the concurrence of the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir”. This presumably means the Governor, who is now administering the State under President’s Rule, has given his concurrence on behalf of the State government.

2. The Order supersedes the 1954 Order. This effectively means that all the provisions that formed the basis of a separate “Constitution” for Jammu and Kashmir stand abrogated. The Order declares that all the provisions of the Constitution of India, shall apply to Jammu and Kashmir too.

3. However, some special measures were still needed for the scrapping of Article 370 altogether. Therefore, a few clauses were added to Article 367 of the Constitution.

Article 367 contains “Interpretations”. They contain guidance on how to read or interpret some provisions. The new clauses say, when applicable to Jammu and Kashmir, all references to the ‘Sadar-i-Riyasat’, acting on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers, will be construed as references to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. All references to the State government shall mean “the Governor”.

And most importantly, the reference to the “Constituent Assembly” in a proviso to Article 370 (3) has been amended to read “Legislative Assembly of the State”. This is the proviso that says the President can declare that Article 370 is no more operative only on the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly.

As there is no Constituent Assembly in existence now, there is no body to “recommend” the demise of Article 370. Therefore, the State Assembly has to play that role.

The issuance of the Presidential Order has set the stage for the abrogation of Article 370. Here, the government has made use of the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is under President’s Rule. Under the Proclamation issued under Article 356 of the Constitution, by which the President takes over the administration of a State, Parliament usually performs the legislative functions of the State Assembly.

For instance, when a State is under Central rule, the budget allocations for that State are voted in Parliament in the absence of the Assembly.

The Union Home Minister introduced two statutory resolutions, one, to recommend that the President issue a notification rendering Article 370 inoperative, and two, to accept the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. The passage of the former resolution will enable the President to declare that Article 370 has ceased to operate.

The Bill envisages converting Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory with a legislature, and carve out Ladakh region as another Union Territory, but without a legislature.