Jammu, May 27, 2021: Prof.Bhim Singh, President, J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP), Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India & Executive Chairman, State Legal Aid Committee, J&K has urged Mr. Ramnath Kovind, the President of India for his urgent intervention to save 200 years’ old State of J&K which was founded by Dogra Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1846 when he declared Ladakh, Kashmir province as well as Jammu province as one state. Prof.Bhim Singh expressed surprise on the silence of Members of Parliament in India about their silence in the Parliament on August 5, 2019 when one of the oldest states (provinces of India, Jammu & Kashmir) was converted into two Union Territories thus infringing the fundamental rights of the citizens of India who have been residing in J&K with some special civil and political rights which were conferred by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1928 describing a the special rights of the residents of J&K as permanent residents. Prof.Bhim Singh who is also a constitutional expert reminded the Members of Parliament that it was the Constituent Assembly of India presided over by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar which had unanimously decided to not to disturb the residential right guaranteed to the residents of J&K by a Royal Decree by Maharaja Hari Singh. This right was conferred on the permanent residents of J&K by the Constituent Assembly and the Constitution of India had conferred this right by the special order of the Constituent Assembly.
Prof.Bhim Singh said that the Constituent Assembly had guaranteed that ‘State Subject’ right as permanent residents’ right. The Parliament of India had no such power guaranteed to them in the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly. Prof.Bhim Singh said that Article 370 has not been completely eroded by the Parliament nor the Parliament had a right to scrap a Clause from Article 370 which had provided no right to the Parliament to declassify the provisions in Article 370 regarding the existence of Instrument of Accession which was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh but has not been re-framed by the Constituent Assembly. State of J&K was not brought under the Constitution of India nor the Instrument of Accession was re-framed. It was only a political party headed by Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah had no constitutional right to re-frame the Instrument of Accession which could have been made applicable only by the Constituent Assembly. The Constituent Assembly did not touch the Instrument of Accession. Let the whole world understand and let the Members of Parliament read the Constitution again to understand why the Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh was not made applicable when Instruments of Accession were put together to announce the emergence of the Union of India. Why didn’t J & K merge into the Union of India? Besides Maharaja Hari Singh was forcibly thrown out of J&K making his son as Yuvraj Karan Singh because Maharaja Hari Singh was thrown out of J&K.
Prof.Bhim Singh urged the intellectuals, thinkers and students of history & politics to sit together and answer these questions why J&K was not merged into the Union of India. And who merged it and under what circumstances. There are many more questions which need to be answered with very clear message to the parliamentarians of India and power hungry politicians that people of entire state of J&K from Ladakh to Gilgit and including province of Kashmir, province of Jammu all have been integral part of Union of India, the day the Maharaja had signed the Instrument of Accession on October 27, 1947, the day the then Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten approved the Instrument of Accession on the morning of October 27 in 1947.
Prof.Bhim Singh said that he has planned to hold a meeting of representatives of political parties, universities, Bar Council of India immediately to sort out this crisis which has been created on August 5, 2019 by Modi Govt. The return of statehood is essential as integration of the entire Nation.