Amarnath sangharsh as national swarajyam movement: Evil state attempts to shut out expression of public opinion.
Governor of Punjab refused to meet representatives of Forum on Integrated National Security, Chandigarh led by its President, former DGP of Punjab, Shri PC Dogra ji.
The draft of the memorandum of the Forum is appended.
In the context of the Governor’s refusal, the memorandum was presented to the People of India in a press conference held on 26th August 08.
English and Hindi print media as well as the local news channels gave wide publicity to the press conference.
This is an example of the depths of insensitivity reached by the executive wing in the state in the largest democracy on the face of the globe – even on issues related to national security and national integrity.
When civil discourse is shut out, the result will be either anarchy or peoples’ revolt.
It is time for the people of Hindusthan to rise in revolt as the National Movement on land for Sri Amarnath heralds a new swarajyam movement.
Pak’s political instability can affect India badly: SASS
Posted online: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 1803 hrs IST
Chandigarh, August 26:
Sri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), spearheading protests over the Amarnath land issue, on Tuesday expressed apprehensions that the political instability in Pakistan may have “adverse” effects on the country.
“Pakistan has again plunged into political instability and it can divert the issue by indulging in any misadventure with India,” Samiti Punjab unit convener Mahant Ram Prakash Dass and Chandigarh Forum on Integrated National Security president P C Dogra told a joint press conference in Chandigarh.
Dogra, a former Punjab police chief, said protests over the land transfer will continue until 40 hectares of land was restored to Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
“The protest by the Samiti is a fight against separatist elements. The innocuous act of diversion of land has been whipped up by separatists.”
The Samiti reiterated its demands for the restoration of autonomy of the Shrine Board, withdrawal of cases against protesters and registration of cases against police officials over alleged excesses.
Memorandum (Presented to H.E. The Governor of Punjab through the People of India)
The annual Amarnath Yatra, which draws about five lakhs of devotees from all over the world, has been an eye sore to the fanatic segments of the Kashmir valley from the very beginning. They have missed no opportunity to sabotage this Yatra. However it had no effect on the faithful. Bomb blasts, grenade attacks, fatal firing that resulted in the killing of score of yatris did not deter the Shivbhaktas from paying their obeisance to the Shivling.
The separatists in the state are also frightened by the increasing number of pilgrims who visit the cave for worship. To cater to the ground swell of devotees, the Governor had to increase the number of days of Yatra from fifteen to sixty. When all other devious attempts failed, the separatists and some valley based politicians came together and joined hands to use the diversion of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board as their latest ploy in the secessionist designs.
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was constituted under an Act of the Govt. of J&K headed by Dr Farooq Abdullah. The diversion of land was unanimously approved by coalition Govt of Sh. Gulam Nabi Azad. Sh. Qazi Afzal Forest Minister, a PDP nominee initiated the proposal. It was approved by the then Dy. Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beg again a nominee of PDP. It took three years for the Govt to finally decide the issue. This tract of 40 hectares was to be used for putting up prefabricated structures for only two months for the duration of yatra. It was never meant to be a permanent transfer as has been pointedly put forth in the memorandum of J&K Govt.
This innocuous act of diversion of land has been used to whip up public frenzy by the separatists as if diverting 40 hectares of land to another constitutional entity of the state is a prelude to colonization by some aliens. Certainly it is a challenge to the Indian nationhood.
Our demands are:
1. 40 hectares of land which was diverted for putting up pre fabricated structures for providing facilities against the inclement weather by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board must be restored back.
2. Restoration of the autonomy of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.
3. Withdrawal of cases against the protestors.
4. Judicial enquiry in to the criminal misconduct of the local police in attempting to dispose off the dead body of the martyr Kuldeep Dogra secretively and shamefully by not allowing the family to observe the last rites as per Hindu customs and traditions, burning the body with rubber tyres and the kerosene oil. It was the greatest act of sacrilege.
5. Registration of criminal cases against all other police officials who have committed atrocities on the innocent protestors and also their suspension.
6. Compensation to the families of martyrs and also to the transporters, fruit growers, farmers and traders.
With our utmost regard