The firebrand BJP leader Subramanian Swamy went volcanic in words and minced no words while advocating abrogation of Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu & Kashmir and enforcing of Uniform Civil Code in the entire country.
Delivering a speech on the “Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code” organized jointly by Bharatiya Vichar Manch and Jammu & Kashmir Study Centre at Sai Sabhagruha Hall in Nagpur on Saturday, July 5, Swamy said dwelt on Article 370, Ram Mandir and making learning of Sanskrit a matter of pride for Indians. Spearheading the tone for abolishing of Article 370, Swamy categorically blamed successive Congress Governments since Independence and charged it of not handling the Kashmir issue properly. He specifically blamed Pt Jawaharlal Nehru for giving the problematic gift (Article 370) to the nation and that problem is still engulfing the nation. “Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar strived hard for Uniform Civil Code in entire country but Nehru paid no heed to Dr Ambedkar’s vision. On the contrary, Nehru created Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu & Kashmir. Dr Ambedkar had warned of dangers that lied in future but Pt Nehru stuck to his adamant stand and stressed upon creation of Article 370. Moreover, by taking the Jammu & Kashmir issue to United Nations, Nehru put the country in grave danger. However, Kashmir will remain an integral part of India,” asserted Swamy.
Swamy further described the Article 370 as a “temporary provision” and said it could be abolished at any point of time by the President through an Ordinance. “For this, we need a strong Government at the Centre and it is surely going to happen in near future as Narendra Modi who is in favour of abolishing the Article, has become Prime Minister,” he said. (Article 370 specifies that except for Defence, Foreign Affairs, Communications and ancillary matters specified in the instrument of accession, the Indian Parliament needs the State Government’s concurrence for applying all other laws. Thus the state’s residents lived under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians.)
Amidst huge rousing welcome and applause by the fully packed hall, Subramaniam Swamy stressed on implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the valley as soon as possible and if the conditions prevail, he opined the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will implement it very soon. He further said that the legality of the instrument of Accession signed in favour of India by the then Maharaja Hari Singh of J&K on October 26, 1947 has to prevail. The Article 370 can be removed from the Constitution. And for abolishing Article 370, India does not require the wishes of Kashmir people to be ascertained. The President of India by notification can scrap Article 370(3), which confers special status on the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Swamy said the displaced Kashmiri Pandits should get back their land and suggested to resettle ex-servicemen in the valley to combat any threat s to them. “There is no need to be defensive and we need to be clear in our mind. A large number of ex-servicemen (double than displaced Kashmiri Pandits) can be sent for ensuring the safety of them,” Swamy said andreminded majority Muslim population that Kashmir’s accession with India was a true to life fact.
“No Muslim country in the world is a secular country. Muslim if in majority in any country practice Sharia law. The struggle for Kashmir by the Jihadis thus is not just for Independence. They, instead, want a Darul Islam there and for the State to become a part of the Caliphate. If in majority then crush the minority is their mentality. He raised concerns about the Muslim rise in population and their expansion.
He also spoke on the illegal migration by the Bangladeshis into the country and advocated to annex land from Bangladesh in proportion to the illegal migrants from that country staying in India. At present, the northern third from Sylhet to Khulna can be annexed to re-settle illegal migrants.
He informed that when Muslims in Australia, France and many other countires have accepted Uniform Civil Code then why do they not accept it in India.
He also said there is scope of working out solutions with China as that country is also becoming victim of terrorism from Uzbekistan militants who get training in Pakistan.
Swamy praised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for two things: One is for creating a base in northern frontier with 40 Sukhois ready and second, not resigning from his post during crisis as it would have made (fool) Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister of India.
Seated on dais were convener of Bharatiya Vichar Manch Mangesh Tol and Anil Bhardwaj of Jammu & Kashmir Study Centre.