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Decision to abolish, not openly expressed

The Centre’s claim that people have accepted the abrogation of Art 370 and 35A not correct. Ladakhi people have accepted the Union territory status but want that their permanent residentship rights and domicile rights should be protected. The people of Kargil have not accepted it. Some sections of Jammu have supported it. But people of Kashmir have not shown any support. On the other hand they are suffering physical and psychological torture for the last month. The justification given for this decision is vague.

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Is  Kashmir Dependent?

In an editorial note, daily Nida-i-Mashriq writes that the process of changing the use of agriculture land into residential and commercial purposes has been going on for some time. The pressure of population may be the so called cause, but the reality is that vested interests and greed are responsible for that. It is not only the people who had land who are responsible, but the government and its machinery has connived on it.

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The Need for Confidence Building Measures

The J&K Governor, Mr. Satya Pal Malik has  advised youth to give up the gun and assured them of rehabilitation. At the same time he appreciated the role of security forces in anti-militancy operations. The youth are compelled to take up the gun, because basic ‘cause’ is not being addressed properly. The youth are being harassed by security forces. The youth want to secure the historical and unique identity, their future but the policy makers have not been able to understand their plight. They are being portrayed negatively. It needs a whole-hearted effort on different levels official, social, economic to win the confidence of youth.

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Who are the stakeholders?

National Conference’s demand for autonomy, PDP’s self-rule, separatists’ ‘azadi’ and advice of talking to Pakistan – all these are not worth acceptance. This is New Delhi’s new stance, writes daily Nida-i-Mashriq. The paper further writes that if, none of these groups are stake holders, then who is? National Conference had endorsed accession and worked to promote its stand, whereas Congress saw to it that internal autonomy was eroded, and Mufti Sayeed created a crack in NC’s strong wall, but put every point of view on stake. If these are unreliable now, who is to be trusted now? If it is the so called “third front”, the people thereof have a very small stature and can not win people’s good will. Historical facts can not be erased and all the agreements between two countries can’t be termed obsolete. Pakistan is a party. The people of Kashmir suffer because of Indo-Pak conflict.

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J&K Constitution  not a mistake

Daily Nida-i-Mashriq reflecting J&K opinion writes that national leaders of stature have played a role in shaping the relationship between J&K and the Indian Union in making the separate Constitution for the state. Calling it a mistake is deliberate attempt to mislead people. Historical documents reveal that granting of special status, giving constitutional guarantees, and making a separate Constitution for the state, were acts that had the consent of leaders and people of country. But surprisingly, Dr. Karan Singh, who has been closely associated with all these happenings, has adopted silence.

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NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR JK POLITICIANS

In an analytical article Nida-i-Mashriq writes that it is very much known that politicians of all types and shades are corrupt and so are bureaucrats, who are being supported by these leaders. Why is there no accountability of politicians of the state? The truth is that Delhi provides patronage and also a safe exit. The state may have Ahtisab Commission or Vigilance Commission, but no politician has been so far tried for corruption. That is a record.

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RESTORING THE GLORY OF DAL LAKE?

Governor (now retired) has sought fresh suggestions for restoring Dal lake. Inspite of spending crores of rupees on new machinery and plants, there has been no improvement. Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (Lawda) is responsible for this failure. But people living in the lake (in boats etc) and in settlements on the bank of the lake also contribute to its destruction, because all the sewage and drainage from these settlements go into the Dal Lake. The political parties played vote-bank politics, and allowed all the damage to be caused. Neither were High Court orders followed nor were people shifted to plots allotted to them. The result is that population of Dal is increasing and lake is shrinking and dying. The Daily Nida-i-Mashriq provides a detailed analysis of this phenomenon.

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 The Enigma of Rejection

According to daily Nida-i-Mashriq, Hurriyat (G) has rejected negotiations with the Central government unless New Delhi accepts its five conditions, including declaring Kashmir as a dispute. The daily further writes that it does not seem to be a decision of joint leadership. Why? UN resolutions may be there, but UN failed to get these implemented. It has to be noted that Pakistan did not fulfil the very first condition of withdrawing its forces. So how could resolutions be implemented? Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s statement on negotiations  is moderate. But Mr. Ali Shah Geelani should remember that when Hurriyat leaders travelled to New Delhi to have talks during the time of A B Vajpayee, who had not said anything about Kashmir being disputed, why should Mr. Geelani put pre-conditions this time?

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