J&K's strength is unity in diversity: Tarigami

CPI (M) senior leader, M Y Tarigami, Monday said that an irreversible movement for a genuine sharing of power and self-governance is the only means to put together Jammu and Kashmir state, considered to be a variant of sub-continental diversities, with its multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural polity.

“This requires a new mindset and a new culture of governance. The state, as a political entity, owes its growth to various historical and political factors. Undoubtedly, its historical unity, integrity or cohesion cannot be negotiated or compromised, except at the cost of its social and political stability,” Tarigami said while talking to media persons here. “At the same time the existence of diverse ethnicities in different regions of the state, which constitutes its strength, need to be recognized. It means carving out a political structure that recognizes the need to preserve the unity of the state, while fulfilling aspirations of its diverse regions,” he said. Tarigami said that better involvement and participation of people in different regions is needed for a balanced political, economic, educational, social and cultural development. “The least that the central government could do is to grant real autonomy by restoring Article 370 of Constitution of India to its original position. The politics of communalization is now a fact of life in J&K but it is something that has been smuggled into it by the dominant forces of our country and Pakistan,” he said.