RAMNAGAR, Aug 23: Ranbir Singh Pathania, MLA Ramnagar, has called for an open, constructive and comprehensive debate on State Subject laws in the State of J&K.
While addressing ‘Intellectuals meet’ at Ramnagar, here today, Pathania said that it looks as if an attempt is being made to polarize and divide the entire State with an ever widening furrow. “Although political pit-knickers and arm chair intellectuals are having diametrically opposite views on the subject, a true comprehension of Maharaja’s State Subject laws which had a ‘wreak in’ space for ‘Ijazat Nama and Riyayat Nama’ needs to be made,” he said.
While making a mention of Section-6 of J&K Constitution, he said that the said provision denies ‘Right to aquire land, employment and admission in professional colleges’ to those people who were part of India (Undivided India) and while rejecting the dogma of ‘Two nation theory’ came over to India (After partition) and embraced its secular credentials. Nonetheless, he added, at the same time, the said provision gives and still maintains State Subject status to those people who left J&K and embraced ‘two nation theory’ while rejecting the secular multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multilingual gospel of India.
He further said that a liberal and rational view needs to be taken while discussing grant of ‘State Subject rights’ to West-Pak Refugees, Valmikis and Gorkhas who had bled and sweated for Jammu and Kashmir since the past more than seven decades. “They live and die for State Jammu and Kashmir but do not have basic living rights, right to acquire property, get education and employment which itself is most inhuman, illogical and otiose, particularly, in the scheme of things as envisioned by the Constitution-makers of country.
Striking the chord with the progressive youth and right thinking people, he said that State wants politics of positivity and constructiveness; employment, viable road connectivity, clean drinking water, better schools, fairness and probity in public affairs, fair selection procedures, transparent use of State resources, etc.
Meanwhile, addressing largely attended meetings at Kunn (Bhatyari), Khajuran- Janda (Kaghote), Dalsar, Panjgrain, Chanunta and Dak-Bungalow Ramnagar. Pathania took a first hand stock of the basic issues and problems raised by the people of area.