JK Govt disempowering minorities: Dr Kaul

‘Affairs Of Amarnath, Other Shrines Be Handed Over To Kashmiri Pandits’


Jammu, Feb 2: Accusing state government of politically disempowering the minorities particularly the Kashmiri Pandits, senior PDP leader and renowned oncologist Dr Sameer Kaul has demanded that the affairs of Amarnath Shrine and its pilgrimage be handed over to Kashmiri Pandits as they have the first right on the cave shrine.
PDP leader demanded that KPs should be empowered politically, spiritually and financially to save the uprooted community from extinction and to ensure its survival.
“On one hand government is talking of return of KPs to the valley while on the other they (KPs) are being politically disempowered,” Dr Kaul told mediapersons here today.
He said KPs are never taken into confidence about what needs to be done about the affairs of Amarnath and other shrines. He demanded that KPs should have primary say in running affairs of Amarnath and other shrines in the valley. “How can you talk of their return and rehabilitation when you don’t even involve them in deciding affairs of their shrines? The talk is even more meaningless when you don’t give them due representation in the council of ministers or any other decision-making body of the state”, Dr Kaul said.
“The community needs spiritual empowerment by entrusting them the affairs of all the shrines of Valley, including Amarnath cave shrine”, he said adding, “The political empowerment at the same time can be ensured by giving representation to the community in state legislature and council of ministers.”
Accusing both National Conference and Congress of betraying and neglecting KPs, Dr Kaul said; “KPs have given their blood for these parties but they have now realized that these parties play vote bank politics and their only aim is to remain in power by hook or crook.”
He demanded that the Government of India should order an audit of Prime Ministers package. “The responsibility of the Government of India does not end by mere announcement and release of the packages. It is its responsibility to see whether the package has been utilized properly or not”, he said adding that out of 6000 jobs only 1485 jobs have been given so far under the special package.
“This is another important aspect as besides political and spiritual empowerment the community needs financial empowerment”, he said.
He also charged the government of suppressing the voice of people who seek their rights in democratic way. “Mother of all blackmails is being enacted in the state and an impression is being created that those who protest on roads are anti-nationals,” he said.
Dr Kaul said Jammu and Kashmir has become a ‘Police State’ and the security situation in the state is quite precarious which has all the potential of exploding any time. “I don’t know whether this practice of projecting genuine protesters as anti-nationals is with the consent of Government of India or not”, he wondered.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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