SRINAAGR: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Party (Nationalist) Ghulam Hassan Mir has called for a dispassionate debate on the emotions attached to the Article 35-A of the constitution and the economic obstruction that it causes in a realistic fashion.
Mir told a gathering in Kunzer, Tangmarg, on Thursday that the emotional part cannot be ignored because this is the history with which the majority community in Kashmir has lived for over 63 years.
“Any tampering with the Article 35-A has its own pitfalls. The counter argument that this provision has hampered the economic development for it bars the outsiders to invest in the state should be debated dispassionately. The profits and losses mean nothing before emotions but at the same time the economic aspects cannot be done away with. There is a need to find a middle way that helps the majority in retaining its identity and ensuring the economic development of the state,” Mir said.
Mir said that it was incumbent upon the governments in state and New Delhi to put forward effective arguments to save the situation from worsening.
“The legal arguments should be flawless and the state should strengthen its case in the Supreme Court. This is the obligation of the government to protect the Article 35-A as a mandatory constitutional requirement,” he said.
“We stand in full support of Article 35-A along side with all those groups who have united for its protection ,” Mir said. “There is no confusion in our minds that this Article is integrated into our history, emotions and also that determines our faith in the Constitution.”
Mir added that the current coalition government was a sorry tale of broken promises.
“It had promised to resolve the issues through dialogue, but instead it has resorted to repression to suppress the voice. Youth have died, lost their eyes, and they have been lodged in jails, some with the stringent laws like PSA.” This is against the promises that it had made to the people.