Nixing Sher-e-Kashmir from awards political vendetta: NC
Srinagar, Jan 27: National Conference
Monday took strong exception to axing of the name of Sheikh Abdullah from
various J&K police gallantry awards, saying the measure has taken vendetta
to a higher level.
During a meet of party functionaries here,
the NC leaders and workers unanimously condemned the axing of ‘Sher-e-Kashmir
from J&K Police gallantry awards.
“It is a calibrated effort to trim every
single symbol of J&K’s political individuality. The present ruling
dispensation in Delhi heaving with subjective prejudices and complexes against
ideals revolving around the Indian constitution and the spirits of its
accommodative federalism hasn’t ceased its witch hunt against everything
recognisable with sheikh Abdullah. The axing of Sher-e-Kashmir’s name from
state gallantry awards should be seen in that direction. It is yet another
glaring attempt of perversion aimed to distort J&K’s history, which has
long been familiarized with Sheikh Abdullah even decades after his physically
leaving the world,” said party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar.
He said nixing Sher-e-Kashmir’s name from
awards, and state holidays cannot erase him from J&K’s history.
“His persona is above petty recognitions,
and awards. A conscious leader, he preached to his countrymen to overcome
timidity and prejudices. He decried lack of courage as a biggest curse in
achieving self-respect,” he said.
While rebuffing former deputy CM Nirmal
Singh’s remarks on Sheikh Abdullah, Imran said: “We unequivocally condemn his
uncouth remarks against Sheikh Sahib. Being lost into the obscurity he is
hitting on the tallest political statesman and charismatic mass leader of
J&K and Sub-continent to gain cheap publicity.”
Meanwhile party’s members of parliament
Muhammad Akbar Lone and (Retd) Justice Hassnain Masoodi also condemned axing of
Sher-e-Kashmir’s name from JK police gallantry awards, terming the move
“vengeful and shocking”.