The Asian Age – Lies being spread about Article 370 by J&K mainstream leaders: BJP working president Nadda

‘The architects of Indian Constitution were against Article 370. There were no takers of this Article in Constituent Assembly,’ he said.

Bengaluru – Karnataka – India, 22 September 2019. BJP working president J P Nadda on Sunday slammed mainstream leaders of Jammu and Kashmir for allegedly spreading lies pertaining to Article 370, which was recently scrapped from the state.

“Leaders like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Farooq Abdullah, and others have spread the lie that Article 370 gives Jammu and Kashmir a special status. It is clearly mentioned in the Indian Constitution that Article 370 is temporary and transitional,” he said while addressing a meet of intellectuals on ‘One India, One Constitution’ here.

Talking about the history of Article 370, Nadda said: “The architects of the Indian Constitution were against Article 370. There were no takers of this Article in the Constituent Assembly.”

“Gopalaswami Iyenger had said in the Constituent Assembly in 1949 that Article 370 will be temporary and transitional and all laws of the Constitution of India will apply to Jammu and Kashmir in a phased manner,” he added.

The BJP working president Nadda also mentioned about Sheikh Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, in his address and claimed that he rigged the first Vidhan Sabha elections in 1951 and changed his stance over the status of Jammu and Kashmir after sweeping the polls.

“Sheikh Abdullah had rigged the first Vidhan Sabha elections in 1951. He had disqualified all competing candidates and had ensured the victory of NC members on all 75 seats in J&K.

After winning the rigged elections, Sheikh Abdullah changed his stance and started calling the J&K Legislative Assembly as the Constituent Assembly, a sovereign body and thus, we will form our own Constitution,” he said.

Speaking about the benefits of abrogation of Article 370, Nadda said that the tribals residing in the Valley and Ladakh region will now get representation in the Vidhan Sabha and laws on sexual assault against children will be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region.

“Jammu and Kashmir did not give any tribal rights to the tribals from the Valley and Ladakh. They do not have any tribal seat in the Vidhan Sabha even for the Gujjar and Bakarwals, who serve the nation in the Army.

After the abrogation of Article 370, now delimitation will take place, and our tribal brothers will get to represent their communities in the Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha,” he said.

“There is no right to information, no right against domestic violence, no right against sexual assault against Children in the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. The Indian Parliament has passed 104 laws that were not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“Prior to the removal of Article 370 and 35A, women from J&K that married a non-NRC holder lost her right to property. To stop such injustices, the abrogation was very important and we took that step,” the BJP working president further stated.

In his concluding remark, the BJP working President lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for making efforts to abrogate Article 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir and splitting it into two Union Territories.

“Our power to abrogate Article 370 and 35A comes from your belief and votes. It was also helped by the will power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the political know-how of Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” he said.

There is much in this article that I cannot judge, but I agree that there was a mechanism that allowed for the changing or abolishing of the article, and that mechanism was used by the Modi Sarkar. What went wrong is that they did not consult the people of Jammu and Kashmir, nor the elected assembly. The government appointed governor decided the issue. – Historic Sikh shrine fully safe in Jagannath Puri, clarifies SGPC

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 September 2019. The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee has clarified that the historical shrine related to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Jagannath Puri was fully safe.

Notably, there were apprehensions that the historic Mangu Matt in Jagannath Puri (Orissa), where Guru Nanak Dev Ji had uttered the Aarti in 1550, might be demolished as part of the Orissa Government’s plan to clear all structures within 250 feet of the boundary of the entrance of the Jagannath Temple for creation of a heritage corridor.

On the basis of information provided by a sub-committee of the SGPC, which was sent to ground zero in Jagannath Puri, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal informed that no religious place has been demolished in Jagannath Puri, instead the administration was working to beautify the surroundings as per the directions by the Supreme Court of India.

“The local administration of Jagannath Puri has promised the SGPC sub-committee comprising of SGPC member Gurmeet Singh Booh, Harjap Singh Sultanwind and Vice Secretary Skattar Singh that no religious place will be demolished instead the security of these places will be beefed up,” he added.

I suppose we have no choice but to wait and see what happens, after all the contradictory statements issued about the status of Mangu Matt and its possible demolition.
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Historic Sikh shrine fully safe in Jagannath Puri, clarifies SGPC

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Hindustan Times – After racial slur on Sikh family, UK police look for witnesses

Walsall – West Midlands – UK, 22 September 2019. A British police force is appealing for witnesses and information after a grieving Indian-origin family were racially abused while they paid tribute to a family member killed in a hit-and-run in a town in the West Midlands region of England.

Kulvinder Kaur died after being hit by a car on Cavendish Road in Walsall town last week and a 20-year-old man has since been charged with causing the 52-year-old woman’s death by dangerous driving by West Midlands Police.

As Kaur’s family re-visited the site of the crash, days later to attend to the floral tributes left by well-wishers, a passerby hurled abuse towards the family.

“Family members who had bravely returned to the scene of the collision to pay their respects were confronted with vile comments from a passer-by.

Officers are investigating the deplorable crime and are asking for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward,” a West Midlands Police statement said on Thursday, a week after the hit-and-run incident.

“Racial abuse is unacceptable at any time, but feels even more despicable when a family have just lost a loved one. The abuser was on foot so we believe he may be local and most likely aware of what tragically happened just two days beforehand,” said sergeant Stephen Pursglove from the local Walsall police.

“This makes it all more deplorable and we are urging anyone who can help our investigation to get in touch as soon as possible,” he said.

Kaur was hit by a Peugeot 206 just after 1pm last Thursday and pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis Jukes was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene and other traffic offences earlier this week.

Dawn – Kabul’s ‘irresponsible, unwarranted’ statement on Durand Line runs afoul of Islamabad

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Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 20 September 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has termed its Afghan counterpart’s renewed refusal to recognise the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan as “irresponsible and unwarranted”.

The Afghan foreign ministry’s statement, issued on Friday in response to the opening of the 24-hour Torkham crossing by Pakistan earlier in the week, emphasised that Kabul “does not recognise the Durand Line as an official border between the two countries”.

The statement issued by the Foreign Office in response pointed out that the “Pakistan-Afghanistan border is an internationally recognised, official border between the two countries in accordance with all relevant international laws and conventions”.

The statement further highlighted that Pakistan believes the 24/7 opening of the new Torkham crossing point to be a “significant step forward to facilitate the people and traders of both sides”.

“Such statements only serve to undermine the resolve for peace and cooperation between the two countries and should be avoided,” the FO regretted.

The Afghan foreign ministry statement had issued a muted acknowledgement of Pakistan’s move to open the Torkham crossing.

“The Torkham crossing in order to further help patients and facilitate trade between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will operate round the clock,” it said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had formally inaugurated the border crossing on Wednesday.

“I consider this to be a very historic day,” he had said, noting that trade with Afghanistan had jumped by 50 per cent alone in the period the border opening had been trialed for a 24/7 opening.

An interesting article on the Durand line can be found at :
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