Jammu Declaration dangerous than Dixon plan, breaks Jammu into smithereens

Unlike the obnoxious 1950 Dixon Plan, which splits Jammu province into two parts, the Jammu declaration splits Jammu province into many regions

Unlike the obnoxious 1950 Dixon Plan, which splits Jammu province into two parts, the Jammu declaration splits Jammu province into many regions
Unlike the obnoxious 1950 Dixon Plan, which splits Jammu province into two parts, the Jammu declaration splits Jammu province into many regions

Jammu State only solution

Dangerous moves are afoot to break Jammu Province into smithereens and help jihadi forces in Kashmir further subjugate the already rather suffering people of this province. The worst part is that it is none other than the so-called messiah of Jammu and nationalistic BJP which appears playing with dangerous tools and compromising the paramount national interest in its desperate bid to placate the separatists in Kashmir. The unstinted support of the BJP to the so-called Jammu Declaration only proves that it has deviated from the novel path PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah charted on August 5, 2019, by abrogating divisive Article 370 and discriminatory Article 35A, creating UT of Ladakh and granting UT status to the leftover J&K. Jammu Declaration is the brain-child of those in Jammu, who quit the pro-Pakistan, pro-China and pro-Taliban National Conference of Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah a few days ago and joined the BJP.

Jammu Declaration does not empower the people of Jammu province. It further disempowers them. Nor does it unite them. It, like the Abdullahs, the Muftis, the Lones, and the Bukhari’s, further sharpens and accentuates the faultlines they wilfully created over the years in the otherwise distinct political, cultural, ethnic, historical, and cultural Jammu province to pit one section of people against another so that they could create Greater Muslim Kashmir. Jammu Declaration, like Jihadi forces in the Valley, divides Jammu province into “sub-regions”, including the so-called Chenab Valley and Pirpanjal Valley. IT deliberately suppresses the fact that Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Ramban, and Kishtwar districts of Jammu province are located in the same Pirpanjal Mountain range, the natural barrier between Jammu province and Kashmir. Unlike the obnoxious 1950 Dixon Plan, which splits Jammu province into two parts, the Jammu declaration splits Jammu province into many regions.

Jammu Declaration is virtually a carbon copy of March 1, 2015, BJP-PDP divisive and Kashmir-centric Agenda of Alliance. It was described in Jammu as “another rivet in the chain of slavery of Jammu people”.

The Plan of the UN representative and Judge of the Australian High Court Sir Owen Dixon assigns Ladakh to India, the Gilgit-Baltistan region, and Pakistan-occupied-Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan (PoJK), splits Jammu between the two, and envisages a plebiscite in the Kashmir Valley”. India had rejected what is known as the Dixon Plan and Pakistan, which initially rejected it, had accepted it.

The Jammu Declaration must be rejected out-of-hand. Besides, the BJP needs to clear its stand on the political future of the people of Jammu province vis-a-vis jihadi leadership in Kashmir and the divisive sub-region concept which is being forced down the throat of the people of Jammu province. The BJP just cannot hoodwink the people of Jammu province by maintaining disparate Jammu province and Kashmir Valley as one political unit and promising fair play and justice to the people of Jammu province through its Jammu Declaration at the same time.

Separate Jammu State must be the watchword, the battle cry, and the gospel of political redemption of the enslaved, excluded, marginalized, and exploited people of Jammu province. This has been their demand since 1947. The people of Jammu will not accept anything short of full statehood status for the Jammu province, which is also a national requirement and exigency of the time.

PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah would do well to bring a bill in the Winter Session of Parliament creating a separate Jammu state. Such an approach alone can protect and promote further the national cause in the region as well as the Jammu cause. It will avert the impending disaster in this strategic region and fully secure Jammu province and empower its people socially, culturally, politically, and economically.

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Hari Om is former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jammu.
Hari Om

1 COMMENT

  1. I don’t understand what BJP is thinking. Looks like they are as hungry for power as the Abdullas/mufthis and are willing to sleep with the devils. I really wonder whether they care for the Hindus?

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