SRINAGAR: Performing rtist and Film Makers Fraternity of Kashmir, an amalgam body of film makers and artists in Kashmir, Monday staged a protest against the attempts to abrogate Article 35-A by using “legal tracks”.
Scores of artists and film makers assembled in Press Enclave here in Srinagar while carrying banners and placards in their hands, some of which read: Fiddling with special status unacceptable, Save Article 35A, Save right of state subject, and Save constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Protesters said that the fraternity understands Jammu and Kashmir was going through political crises where “on one side Government of India wants to bring peace in the region to promote dialogue and on the other hand such conspiracy are being hatched will promote war.”
A senior artist and a producer said, “if Article 35-A is fiddled there will be a cyclone that nobody will be able to stop it. The threat of losing our identity is not only looming over Kashmiris but on the people of Jammu and Ladakh region as well, we should stay united and fighting against such conspiracies.”
Veteran artist Bashir Dada said, “If Article 35A is removed it will be India’s political blunder that it will have to repent for years to come.”
Artists added that they were already facing a lot of “victimization” in the field of art and “if Jammu and Kashmir loses its constitutional safeguard worst times are ahead.”
The protesting artists also appealed “well meaning people” across the globe to extend their support to the struggle of Kashmir in this behalf.
“United we stand divided we fall is the lesson to be learnt and adopted in this given situation, ” a handout issued to the media said.