MUMBAI, Aug 4: An impressive programme to celebrate first anniversary of repeal of Articles 370 and 35A of Constitution of India was organized here today.
Prominent among the participants were Sangita Jaitley (elder daugher of late Girdhari Lal Dogra and wife of late Arun Jaitley), Nidhi Dogra (younger daughter of late Girdhari Lal Dogra and advisor of Dogra Samaj Trust), Lalit Sharma (chairman of International Dogra), Krishna Pandit (president, Dogra Samaj Trust, Mumbai), Mukesh Rishi (film actor and advisor of Dogra Samaj Trust), Preeti Saproo (advisor of Dogra Samaj Trust) and Nidhi Sharma (coordinator of Dogra Samaj Trust).
Speaking on the occasion, Krishna Pandit called for unity among all the Dogras and requested Dogra community, whether they are political or social worker, journalists or other professionals, to come on a single platform.
Terming repeal of Articles 370 and 35A as unprecedented and historic step, Mukesh Rishi, said the bold step of the Government benefitted the people who had taken refuge here, at the time of partition, from the western Punjab (now in Pakistan), people from Valmiki community and those daughters of the State that lost their right to permanent residence in the State after marrying outside J&K.
Preeti Saproo stated that it was due to Modi Government that these articles 370 and 35A were repealed and many people got justice and their due rights.
“The repeal of Articles 370 and 35A would also help growth and constitutional protection to the Panchayati Raj Institutions and local bodies in J&K and bring the UT under ‘one nation one flag’ and one constitution regime,” said Nidhi Sharma.
Lalit Sharma termed Articles 370 and 35A as obstacles in the progress of erstwhile J&K state and repressive for the women, Valmiki community and Bakarwal community, saying that had to be repealed someday, and it was good that it was repealed.
Sangita Jaitley hoped that the repeal of these articles would encourage industry and tourism in the UT, leading to employment.
Nidhi Dogra said that by repealing Articles 370 and 35A, J&K and Ladakh UTs have become integral part of the India.