JAMMU, JAN 13: While expressing surprise over Army Chief General Rawat’s statement that each classroom in government schools in Jammu and Kashmir had a separate map of the state besides that of India, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday said that there are two flags because J&K has its own constitution owing to the state’s special status.
J&K acceded to India under the guarantees provided by the Constitution under Article 370. This is because that Kashmir has unique history, ethos and identity, he said.
On Army Chief’s assertions that most misguided youth come from schools where they are being radicalised, he said that J&K having separate constitution was not because of any religious reasons, but it was because of historically evolved cultural identity. He further said that the government of India, which initially recognized the special status for J&K, could not maintain this position.
“The reality is that from holding special status, Jammu and Kashmir now has been deprived of the rights and powers which other states enjoy. Eroding J&K’s special position is the reason for rise of uncertainty in J&K and also gives an opportunity to others to fish in the troubled waters”, he said. He claimed that the deep rooted and massive alienation resulting in unprecedented unrest was in reality the outcome of the process of erosion of special status of J&K. What General Rawat has said will only compound the alienation and uncertainty in the state, he said. He further said that it was appropriate to remind the Army Chief to desist from crossing the limits of the mandate which he enjoyed.