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Kashmiri Pandits hail JK students voice concern for kin back

first_imgNew Delhi: Kashmiri Pandits, displaced from the Valley in the 1990s, hailed the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution as a “historic event” and hoped it would pave the way for their return to homeland with honour and dignity. Following the Centre’s move, an uneasy calm prevailed at two of the Jammu and Kashmir Houses in Delhi, even as authorities said security deployment at these establishments remained as usual. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Kashmiri students in the city termed the the central government’s move as “dictatorial” and expressed concern about the safety of their family members back home. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Shehla Rashid, who has been vocal against the scrapping of Article 370, said they would approach the Supreme Court in the matter. Rashid is a member of former IAS officer Shah Faesal’s political outfit Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM). Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “We will challenge the order passed today in the Supreme Court. The move to replace “Government” by “Governor” and Constituent Assembly by “Legislative Assembly” is a fraud upon the Constitution. Appeal to progressive forces for solidarity. Protests today in Delhi and Bangalore,” she tweeted. JNUSU general secretary Aejaz Ahmed Rather said, “It is unconstitutional and dictatorship is being perpetrated from the floor of Parliament.” Advertise With Us “Nothing is left for us. I had spoken to my family on Sunday night and they said, ‘Please come and see us once. We do not know how much more time we have’. With everything being shut there, we are not even able to contact our families,” Rather said. However, Kashmiri Pandits, displaced from the Valley in the 1990s, hailed the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution as a “historic event”. Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD), a body representing the community across the world, said the decision cements territorial, political and cultural unity of the Indian Union. “August 5, 2019 will go down in the history of the country as a day that has put the lasting seal on the sovereignty of Parliament over the entire Indian Union,” it said in a statement. “The draft bill presented by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament vindicates the ideals of our great leaders like Syama Prasad Mookerji, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and others who dedicated or sacrificed their lives for the integrity and sovereignty of India,” the GKPD said. This is for the first time that the exiled community has heaved a sigh of relief that its identity, culture and symbols of heritage will find full protection and perpetuation under the Union territory dispensation, the statement said.last_img read more