O P Sharma
This 233-page book entitled: ” Mission Accomplished” which is part of series of A Saga of Sacrifices: Praja Parshid Movement in Jammu and Kashmir series” by Kul Bhushan Mohtra gives graphic narrative of the abrogation of Article 370 and also 35-A in Parliament last year on August 5, 2019. This is a unique achievement of the Narendra Modi Government and is a rare bold initiative of the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and has been widely hailed not only within but beyond as well.
Really this unique step has accomplished the long standing mission of the Praja Parshid, later Bhartiya Jan Sangh and its later incarnation Bhartiya Janata Party for full integration of Jammu and Kashmir in India like any part of the country. After abolishing the ” temporary and transitory” Article 30 of the Indian Constitution, the new set up of two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and also Ladakh has opened vast avenues of faster all round development on all fronts.
There is satisfaction in the cadre of BJP for fulfilling the struggle and mission: Ek Nishan Ek Vidhan Ek Pradhan leading to making Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh as integral part of India and distancing the separatists and anti-national elements including militants aided and abetted from across the borders in Pakistan, which is now hub of terrorism. Worth mentioning are the frequent cross border cease-fire violation to push in ” armed terrorists” to instigate and spread turbulence in the Jammu and Kashmir over the past 70 years.
The saga of sacrifices by the Praja Parshid movement during the Sheikh Abdullah regime had the personal backing of Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It is noteworthy that even the Deputy Prime Minister, — and Union Law Minister B R Ambedkar were against granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir as the Instrument of Accession signed by “competent legal and constitutional authority, Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 26,1947 and duly accepted the Governor General of India, Lord Mounbatten. It was Sardar Patel who integrated other over 500 Indian princely States as parts of India but the PM Pt Nehru handled Jammu and Kashmir matters.
The book under review contains a variety of opinions by the people at gross-root level and among wide spectrum of society. The author has done a commendable job in fishing out the relevant documents and also locate and personally hold interviews with the stalwarts of the Praja Parshid and other eminent political workers and common man.
The people of UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as also nation-wide will be celebrating this bold and historical step. After a long spell of years, there is realisation of the slogan: Ek Desh Mein Do Vidhan, Do Nishan and Do Pradhan Nahin Challenge Nahin Challenge ” ( In a nation there can not two constitution, two flags and two Premiers}. With the doing away of the Article 370 and 35-A, the Jammu and Kashmir State was re-organised into UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and also UT of Ladakh. This is worth mentioning that India still lays claim on PoK , which was part of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State. Our Parliament has passed a unanimous resolution to get back PoK territory.
This book has specially been written for new environ in one-year and published for the special function to be organised by the BJP for celebrating the historical day (August 5) to fondly remember all those who made sacrifices during the PP, BJS and BJP movement for this cause and also felicitate the living heroes of the movement.
The book contains the viewpoints of variety of people about scrapping of Article 370 and 35-A and re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir and also their opinion of hopes and expectations. Some of them have detailed the sad days of harsh treatment met out to them during the agitation and ” inhuman torture by the then administration and un-sympathetic attitude of the Central Government. There were reportedly 15 deaths during the agitation and cruel hand of militia and police committed numerous atrocities on those involved in the PP and BJS movement.
This is a nicely published book and tells tales of the saga of hard struggle undertaken by the people of this part of the country against the separatist tendencies and anti-national out-fits during a crucial period. This is work of historical importance and makes profitable reading of the proud chapter of our recent history. I feel every reader must go through it for wealth of information it contains about turning moments of destiny and now the stage is set for faster growth and development in the glorious tradition of our democratic system.
O P Sharma