Kashmir Centre for Studies and Development Studies (KCSDS), a civil society group, on Tuesday asked the state government to take serious steps to preserve Article 35-A by all means at their disposal so that state subject law and other specific rights are protected.
In a statement here a spokesman of KCSDS said, "An important Round table conference was organized by KCSDS to chalk out the appropriate response of the civil society to the writ petition filed by so called think tank of fascist forces in the Supreme Court for the abrogation of Article 35A from the Indian constitution which protects the state subject law and associated laws of the state." He said, "The people from all walks of life. including legal luminaries –Advocate Zaffer Shah, Mian Qayoom, prominent industrialists and businessmen, doctors, academics , writers, journalists, columnists, students and major civil society organisations participated in the conference.
The participants were unanimous in condemning the state govt for its lackadaisical approach towards this serious issue which will have terrible disastrous consequences. If the Article 35-A is not preserved it would change the Muslim majority character of the state."
The spokesman said, participants were of the opinion the very act of filing writ petition for the abrogation of Article 35A is a "Conspiracy to change the demography by opening the flood gates of permanent entry points into Kashmir."
The participants, according to the spokesman, resolved to fight for the preservation of Article 35A by all means at their disposal which provides protection to state subject law and other specific rights that restrict land owning and acquiring jobs in the state to permanent state subjects only. "They resolved to create a task force for informing public about the importance of retaining Article 35-A till the final resolution of Kashmir dispute."