Former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that J&K was not part of Hindu Rashtra as suggested by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and national parties should join hands to oppose RSS propaganda, which is unconstitutional.
The National Conference leader, while addressing party’s youth convention here in Srinagar, claimed that the internal autonomy for J&K, was even acceptable to former Pakistan Prime Minister Parvez Musharraf and he was ready to talk about it, for resolution of Kashmir issue. Former Indian Prime Minister, PV Narsimha Rao had also accepted NC’s internal autonomy proposal in 1996, Abdullah said, but later Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government rejected the proposal, without even reading the document.
NC patron suggested that dialogue was the only way forward to resolve Kashmir issue as the two nuclear neighbors cannot go for war and the borders can never be redrawn.
“Let me make it clear to Mr Bhagwat, J&K is not part of India which is a Hindu Rashtra. J&K was part of secular India, where every religion was respected with equal rights. BJP’s sole aim is to revoke article 370,” said Abdullah. “Let me make it clear to Mr Bhagwat, J&K is not part of India which is a Hindu Rashtra. J&K was part of secular India, where every religion was respected with equal rights. BJP’s sole aim is to revoke article 370,” said Abdullah. And if the constitution continues to be eroded in similar way, Abdullah cautioned that New Delhi should get ready for the revolution which they would not be able to control. “Time has come that national leader join heads speak in one voice that RSS propaganda is not acceptable to any party,” he said.
For resolution of Kashmir issue within the Indian constitution, internal autonomy was the only way forward, said Abdullah adding, “But till now New Delhi has just made us travel through stars and moon, but when we return to earth, there is nothing for us.” “On a breakfast meeting, Vajpayee called me and informed that they were going to reject autonomy resolution. I asked him, did they read it. He said no. I said what are you going to reject then without even reading?” Abdullah revealed. Later they agreed to revisit it, under KC Pant and Arun Jaitley, but nothing moved.
Kashmir can never be part of Pakistan and I will write it with my blood, said Abdullah, but he questioned Delhi for not delivering justice to people of Kashmir. “We are part of India only if they give us back what they snatched from us in 1953. Let Modi tell me have they done justice to these youngsters, in whose blood the aspiration of independence runs. How many more will they arrest or blind,” said Abdullah. The NC patron warmed that time was not far, if the political stalemate continues, New Delhi would be ready to give everything but there would be no takers in the state.
While urging youth to fight for time when J&K would not beg before New Delhi, the NC leader said that both India and Pakistan were engaged in shadow boxing, because of which innocents on both sides of the border were suffering.