Secularism and Civility under threat in J&K – Online Petition

published on July 3, 2008


The President of India,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

New Delhi 110001 5

Respected President,

Decision to revoke the allotment of 40-hectare forestland to the
Shree Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for development of facilities for
pilgrims is a complete surrender to the fundamentalist and separatist
forces. By revoking the allotment of this land, the Congress party has
demonstrated that it is one with the fundamentalists in creating a
theocratic environment in the Kashmir valley.

Our petition to Your Excellency with great concern at the fast
deteriorating socio-political situation of the state. Of particular
concern is the rabidly communal stance and statements of the frontline
political parties like PDP, the National conference, the CPI (M), in
tango with separatists parties and the militant groups, has caused
stern alarm to Crores of Hindus across country.

An innocuous activity like Shri Amarnath Yatra has been mired into
controversies and in effect hurdles are being created in its smooth
conductance. Shri Amarnath is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers
of Hindus since times immortal. In the past since the eruption of
militancy in the state hundreds of Yatris have sacrificed their lives
and have fallen to terrorist bullets if that has not deterred the
determination of Yatris to visit Shri Amarnath, now it is in the from
of ideological opposition to the yatra been seen. The protagonists of
this vicious tirade dub the holy Amarnath Yatra as a cultural invasion
of Kashmir affecting its ecology, cultural identity and demography. To
this effect these people have been issuing highly inflammatory communal
statements causing hurt and anguish to a billion Hindus world over.

Ecological damage Kashmir has suffered is as a result of illegal
felling of trees by land mafia in connivance with corrupt
administration over the years. The systematic reclamation of water
bodies and continuous flow of waste materials into lakes like the
famous Dal Lake and uncontrolled construction activity rather than the
Amarnath Yatra.

The much touted Kashmiriyat stands thoroughly exposed which is
nothing but a smokescreen to camouflage the communal fangs. In so far
as the so called demographic change of Kashmir is concerned, yes it has
taken place; the entire population of Kashmiri Hindus was driven out on
the basis of faith making them refugees in their own country.

Your Excellency Congress is the ruling party it has remained mute spectator

to the happenings around. The gains of our valiant security forces
are being frittered away at the cost of political pragmatism.

Your Excellency in this hour of crisis your personal intervention
alone would save the democracy, secularism and civility are under
serious threat in Jammu and Kashmir.

Yours Truly

Kalhan Pandit

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