Mehbooba Mufti can turn the table for the benefit of beleaguered Kashmiris. By Hem Raj Jain




Before her party and herself, Mehbooba Mufti should think about the people of J&K (especially of Kashmir).

If commentators in media etc are busy writing the political epitaph of former Chief Minister and J&K-PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti and her party then they can’t be blamed. After all after the death of her father PDP founder Late Sh. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January, 2016 the party has lost its earlier appeal to the masses. Rest of the damage to the party has been done by tragic alliance of PDP-BJP in J&K government formed in March, 2015 which came to an end in June, 2018 and by the desertion of the party by many senior leaders. In such a dismal scenario for the party the coming Assembly and Parliament elections in 2019 are being seen as probably the last which PDP may contest.

But these soothsayers are not realizing that if Mehbooba wants to revive the fortune of her party especially by keeping the well-being of the people of J&K (especially of Kashmiris who are bleeding & weeping for the last 70 years) in focus then what to talk of the State of J&K or even of India, she can change the political landscape of Indo-Pak region for the better.

For this to happen Mehbooha will have to make her party national based on human rights friendly secularism, socialism, federalism, globalization and rule-of-law as given below (to name only some):-

(1)-  PDP through demonstrations (at district and State headquarters in all the States and Union Territories) should demand recovery of Rs ~ 1,000 Lakh Crore of State capital from Income-Tax from about ~ one million tax-evaders (as mentioned at and

So that the tears from the face of every suffering Indian can be wiped-out by properly & profitably deploying this huge State-capital. This will also bring members to PDP in large numbers from all over India

(2)- PDP should work for restoring secularism and rule of law in India by getting following writ petitions filed in Supreme Court:-

(i)- (Even before any judgment in title suit pending with SCI), legally expected restoration of Status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid which was demolished in 1992 in the presence of Observer of SCI also with a prayer that SCI should direct Government of India (GOI) to be ready to requisition UNPKF in case communal Hindutva forces create law & order problem all across the country (if security forces of India can go in other countries for maintaining peace though UNPKF then security forces of other countries can also come in India for maintaining peace through UNPKF).

(ii)- Getting entire process of discriminatory NRC in Assam dropped / quashed under Article 13 & 14 of the Constitution because (A)- NRC is made only for Assam (and not for entire India) which harasses mostly so-called infiltrators in Assam but not so, for so-called infiltrators in rest of India.(B)- NRC is made under unconstitutional Assam Accord 1985 (which discriminately grants citizenship rights to illegal migrants up-to 1971 in only Assam and not in other State). Hence the constitutional validity of Assam Accord has been challenged in SCI therefore before deciding this issue it is unconstitutional on the part of SCI to ask for the preparation of NRC in Assam (because if Assam Accord is struck down by SCI then NRC will become illegal and meaningless).( C)- NRC is being made with religious discrimination because millions Hindus are illegal immigrants in all over India from Bangladesh and Pakistan but India is harassing mostly Muslim illegal immigrants in Assam [Government of India (out of communal discrimination, has already initiated to bring 'Citizenship Amendment Act' through Parliament where except Muslims all others, the Hindus, will be granted citizenship who came illegally from Pakistan, Bangladesh etc]

(iii)- For abolishing (because discriminatory against Muslims etc and favoring Hinduism in a secular India) all the laws related to cow protection, beef eating etc which are causing lynching of Muslims and ‘Dalits’ in India.

(iv)- Quashing of discriminatory (especially against Muslims) Reservation Policy which, in the name of backward castes, is giving reservations to also those castes of Hindus which once ruled in India.

(v)- Regarding Delhi 1984 & Gujarat 2002 riots PDP should pray to fix the  responsibility of and punishment to executive magistrates and armed forces who failed in stopping riots under sections 129, 130, 131 Cr.P.C. so that any future riot can be stopped promptly and effectively.

(3)- PDP should declare that it will work for rehabilitation of Lakhs of displaced Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) by sending (if necessary) volunteers of PDP with them in Kashmir till the feel safe in Kashmir.

(4)- PDP should demand (through demonstrations all over India) that India should retrieve PoK (integral part of India as per Constitution and unanimous resolution of Parliament) without any further delay. Because otherwise it is giving legal advantage to Pakistan due to adverse possession (as Pakistan much smaller than India tried, even militarily, to snatch Kashmir (rest of J&K) many times but India not even once. On the contrary instead of taking-on Pak military for retrieving PoK Indian military is showing its ‘bravery’ by training guns under the protection of AFSPA, SPA etc on the civilian citizens of J&K (mainly on Kashmiris). This demand will pave the way for federation of India and Pakistan (because powerful world community led by USA will not allow all-out war between two nuclear countries India and Pakistan) and this is the only solution to the gory & chronic Kashmir problem.

(5)- Federalism will mean that all civilian subjects (including natural resources) will be with States and only martial subjects like defense, foreign affairs, currency, communication, national transports etc will be with union of India. Even railways will be National and State.

(6)- If justice is not delivered at moderate cost & promptly by Courts then rule-of-law has no meaning. Hence PDP should demand that High Courts under Article 227 of the Constitution should check every file which comes to it from subordinate Courts (District and Lower Courts in appeal, revision writ etc) whether presiding officer has granted adjournments unnecessarily with commensurate punishment to erring presiding officers of subordinate Courts. Moreover along with full-fledged legal library government lodging and boarding facilities at nominal charge should be provided at all the seats of appellate Courts (under supervision of Bar Council of States and of India) for advocates coming from lower Courts so that cases in appellate Courts can be contested at much lesser cost.

(7)- For socialism (which is joint-capitalism) the said State-capital of Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion should be deployed profitably in following areas which will take care of roti (food), kapada (clothes), makan (housing), health-care and education (in addition to using this State-capital in freeing the deserving farmers from agricultural loans):-


(i)- For opening outlets, godowns, cold-storages, departmental transport etc of Public-Distribution-System all over India which will also provide fair & remunerative prices to farmers

(ii)- In cloth etc manufacturing factories which will provide basic needs for under-garments, other clothes, bed-sheets, blankets, shoes etc of the people, at moderate price.

(iii)- For making residential and commercial buildings all over India which will be given on rent to be decided by ‘Statutory Rent Commission’. This will also take care of the phenomenon of increased mobility in present economy of growing service sector.

(iv)- In making health care for all (whether in organized or un-organized sectors) through modified ESI workable [In the management of modified-ESI in addition to the representatives from government of India (GOI) the representatives of employees and of employers should also be there. Moreover there should be a body (majority nominated by employers with appealing right to statutory tribunal) which will look into the complaints against doctors of this modified- ESI recommending unnecessary leaves to so-called sick employees].

(v)- On the basis of the experience of modified-ESI in second stage the education (at least up to Higher Secondary level) should also be given under direct control of the people. Here it is in context to add that whosoever controls the institutions of health-care and education controls the society. In ‘Rajtantra’ (during rule of Kings and Emperors) health-care and education remains with Raj (State) if in ‘Prajatantra’ (democracy) health-care and education are not directly with the people then democracy has no meaning.

It is hoped that Mehbooba Mufti will realize that the people of J&K and especially of Kashmir have given so much to her and to her family. Hence it is not too much if these people expect that Mehbooba if can do something - [in order to bring succor (to these beleaguered & unfortunate people) especially when she can do it easily by doing as mentioned above] - then she will certainly do it.


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