Srinagar, Jan 16: Commenting over the recent statement of BJP leader Surinder Sigh wherein he has said that “India will be a Hindu ‘Rashtra’ by 2024”, Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that it invalidates the rhetoric and parroting of local stooges, about India being a “largest democracy”.
Geelani added that it is quite shocking that they don’t even feel ashamed of distorting facts about so called instrument of accession.
“India is heading towards becoming a Hindu Rashtra, and towards fascism,” said Geelani, adding “it serves as an eye-opener and a big blow for all pro-India parties and their local henchmen. They are even justifying this on wrong assertions and distorting historical facts.”
Geelani said that Indians have every right to decide the political structure of their country but in no case, have any right to thrust their choice over Muslim community and other minorities living in India.
Referring to historical facts about partition, Geelani said that Indian politicians are following deceit and double standard, saying that the ruling parties and politicians in India are unwilling to accept the historical veracity.
Geelani said that denying harsh realities won’t serve any purpose or help and while laying stress for greater transparency and following ethics in politics, and instead exemplary courage and honest approach will lead to right destination.
“New Delhi and its rulers,” Geelani said, “themselves are in a fix and even inadvertently acknowledge the two-nation theory.”
Denying that Kashmir is a part of India, Geelani said that so far as our geographical, cultural and religious affiliations are concerned, we are in no way a part of India, adding that people in state never accepted the so-called instrument of accession.
“Both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries and any flare up can prove extremely detrimental, which not only threatens South Asia but all the world.”
Geelani asked all pro- India political parties to shun hypocritical approach and desist from safronizing their politics and avoid any attempt to tinker 35A or alter Muslim majority character of state, saying that people have rendered ‘unparalleled sacrifices’ for the ‘sacred freedom’.
Geelani appealed to the people to boycott the upcoming Panchayat polls, saying the central and state governments have been using such elections to hoodwink the international community.
3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight
SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.
Governor chairs Ist meeting of Jammu Cluster University Council
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Cluster University of Jammu, today chaired the first meeting of the University Council here at the Raj Bhavan.
Advisor to Governor, Khurshid A. Ganai, Pro-Chancellor was also present in the meeting.
While taking overview of the activities of the Cluster University, the Chancellor and Advisor called for creation of University’s own campus with the establishment of schools of excellence. At the outset, the Chancellor stressed that the Cluster Universities are created with the vision to have a strong commitment to nurturing collegiality and leading collaboratively with unremitting dedication to improve transparency and efficiency. He further said that the Cluster University inherits an academic mission whose goals are lofty, yet firmly grounded in an ethos of dynamism and academic responsibility and the mission is to create a community of lifelong learners that fosters Research, Development, Quality, Innovation, experimental learning, community engagements, academic leadership and administrative support.
The Members made several tangible suggestions to make the Cluster University Jammu a real hub of educational activities. They said that Cluster University is a new concept in Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be empowered so that it becomes choice of students over other Universities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prof Anju Bhasin, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu made a detailed presentation on the activities and various initiatives taken by the University. The presentation focused on the functioning of the administrative, academic, financial, examination, evaluation and other sectors. She also reported the status of student enrolment in the University, and measures for the development of students and faculty.
Listing some achievements by the University, the VC apprised that 12 new 5 year integrated courses, Honours programme in each of the colleges at UG level and new self-financing innovative, cross disciplinary skill based courses have been introduced. She further highlighted the important reforms introduced by the University which includes Academic Calendar defined for year-1, year-2 and year 3, flexibility to students to choose elective courses, admissions through centralized process, holding of examination in time-bound manner etc.
Financial Commissioner Finance (Financial Advisor Universities), Dr. A.K. Mehta, Financial Commissioner to Governor, Umang Narula, VC, Cluster University of Srinagar, Prof. Sheikh Javid Ahmed, VC, Jammu University, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella, Dean Faculty of Education, Prof. M.A. Lone, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. Poonam Dhawan, Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar Member-Secretary, Prof. Anil Gupta, Principal S.P.M.R College of Commerce, Jammu, Prof. Sangeeta Nagri, Principal, College of Education, Jammu, Prof. Koushal Smotra, Principal, GGM Science College, Jammu and Prof. Ravinder Tickoo, Principal, GCW, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu attended the meeting.
Centre mulling political initiative in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 15: After restoring mobile phone connectivity in the Valley on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is now working on a mechanism to initiate political engagement which is likely to involve mainstream political parties.
The move is expected to lead to the release of more political leaders from detention though a decision releasing former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti is not on the table yet, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.
Quoting sources, the report said the Centre was keen on beginning political dialogue within the Valley to bridge the trust deficit between the state administration and Kashmiris following the August 5 decision to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate J&K into Union Territories.
The political mechanism currently under discussion is likely to involve second-rung leaders from regional parties in the Valley to form a political council that can initiate dialogue with people and assuage their fears in the wake of the August 5 decisions, report said.
Part of this council’s mandate is alleviating the sense of alienation and anger in the Valley. Also on the table are certain special provisions that will protect local jobs and the settlement of outsiders in the Valley in order to protect its demographic character and culture.
“Delhi is keen on initiating political engagement. The contours of it are still under discussion. Among the ideas is involvement of the existing political class which as of now does not include the Muftis and the Abdullahs,” the report quoted a senior official privy to the developments.
“Gradual release of significant political actors will be taken in the weeks to come. The Home Minister has already said that statehood will be returned. A decision on who these political actors will be is yet to be taken,” the report added.