The Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister would do well to eschew the dangerous idea of conducting delimitation on the basis of 2011 fraudulent census
Conducting delimitation of Assembly/Parliamentary constituencies in Jammu & Kashmir on the basis of census 2011 is the surest way to once again sell out Jammu and keep it hostage to fundamentalist Kashmiri Islamic hegemony. This was what Chairman of the leading NGO IkkJutt Jammu, Advocate Ankur Sharma, said on March 8 while demanding cancellation of the recently issued notification providing for the constitution of a Delimitation Commission tasked to delimit constituencies on the basis of 2011 census. He urged the Narendra Modi government to “Wait for the results of 2021 census operations”. The process for the 2021 census in Jammu & Kashmir is scheduled to be initiated in April 2020. Not just Ikkjutt Jammu, even Congress leader and grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh, Vikramaditya, and Jammu & Kashmir Panthers Party chief and former minister Harsh Dev Singh also favoured delimitation of the Assembly constituencies on the basis of the 2021 census. The demand as put forth by Ikkjutt Jammu is as fair as it deserves immediate consideration.
It could be construed as a naked conspiracy hatched to defeat the very purpose of neutralization of Article 370 and abrogation of Article 35A and reorganization of the erstwhile state into two union territories.
It needs to be underlined that fraud and fudged census in Jammu & Kashmir has always been a conspiracy against Jammu hatched by the successive Central Governments in active connivance with the fundamentalist Kashmiri Islamic power centres, disguised as mainstream political parties, in order to ensure that power in Jammu & Kashmir always remain in the hands of Muslims of Kashmir. It is only because of the fudged census that are as follows:
- When in 2002, the number of voters in Jammu were more than Kashmir by 1.41 lakhs, Kashmir’s population was falsely shown to have increased by 14,11,000 in 10 years from 2001 to 2011.
- The average population growth of Jammu Province, which was 31% between 1971 and 2001, dropped to 21% in 2011.
- Due to migration within and outside the state on account of Hindu and Sikh genocide in Kashmir, the percentage growth in Kashmir’s population should have been lower but it grew by 26% post-1991.
- Population of Muslims as a percentage of the total population increased by 4.12% whilst that of Hindus and Sikhs fell by 4.27%.
Indeed, the decision of Government of India to conduct new delimitation of legislative constituencies on the basis of fraudulent 2011 census is a betrayal of national interests in Jammu & Kashmir. It could be construed as a naked conspiracy hatched to defeat the very purpose of neutralization of Article 370 and abrogation of Article 35A and reorganization of the erstwhile state into two Union Territories. Delimitation on the basis of 2011 census will surely consolidate Muslim hegemony and perpetuate Jammu and Kashmir as a Muslim domain apart from rest of India.
There are potent reasons to believe that this new conspiracy has its epi-centre within the Sangh-BJP and these are those few individuals who had supported peace engagement with Pakistan on the basis of Musharraf Plan and subsequently, pushed the BJP into an alliance with the pro-Pakistan Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the basis of subversive “Agenda of Alliance”. They have been, it appears, working overnight to fail what Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah did on August 5, 2019.
It’s a matter of regret that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister are allowing such a state of affairs which is filling Hindus of Jammu & Kashmir with fright and insecurity.
This group within the RSS and BJP has been trying to bluff the Hindus by claiming that population is not the prime consideration in the delimitation process. Nothing can be far from the truth than this. Making population figures as not so important a factor is a subversive argument by implication. This argument is an attempt to somehow cover the fraud of the 2011 census, which would undoubtedly result in a resurrection of Kashmiri hegemony over Jammu. The think tanks in the Parivar like Jammu & Kashmir Study Centre headed by Arun Kumar cannot condone these facts.
It would not be out of place to mention that the fraud of 2011 census was aimed to destroy Dogra Hindus politically, socially, culturally and economically and create the basic foothold for demographic Jihad in Jammu. That the tentacles of this conspiracy are spread within the so-called Hindu political party and the Hindu cultural formations, underlines the reach of Jihadi forces. For these subversive elements within the larger Parivar, Dogra Hindus became a blind spot not by accident but by design of their strategic view.
The decision to conduct new delimitation on the basis of 2011 census was taken concomitantly with the formation of Jammu & Kashmir Apni Party, which is also a subversive act and a part of the same design to enforce Muslim hegemony. Let us have no doubts that it is the reincarnation of the old PDP experiment that almost brought Jammu & Kashmir to the brink of separation and gave official recognition to the politics of secession. It appears the Government of India has learnt nothing from the past. It’s a matter of regret that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister are allowing such a state of affairs which is filling Hindus of Jammu & Kashmir with fright and insecurity.
The Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister would do well to eschew the dangerous idea of conducting delimitation on the basis of 2011 fraudulent census and issue necessary orders to the Registrar General of India to conduct special census for Jammu & Kashmir before the new Delimitation Commission starts its exercise.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.