Vikramaditya's remarks on 1931 martyrs evoke condemnation in Kashmir

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Coming down heavily on Vikramaditya Singh, the Congress leader and Maharaja Hari Singh’s grandson for insulting martyrs of 13th July 1931, various political parties have condemned the remarks.

Rejecting the remarks and without naming Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh, National Conference spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said, “… the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931. … brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy.”

“The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry.  The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government,” he said.

 “A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar),” he added.

AIP president Engineer Rasheed called a statement by the Congress leader and Maharaja Hari Singh grandson about the July 1931 martyrs as “shameful, misleading and distortion of facts”.

“Vikramaditya Singh must collect the courage and apologise for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris,” Engineer Rashid said, in a written statement.

 “Those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters.” 

Those who were martyred on July 13, 1931 will remain national heroes till dooms day and every year on July 13 Maharaja’s era will be condemned, he said.

Peoples Conference senior vice president and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil on Friday strongly condemned the statement of senior Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh on the martyrs of July1931.

Vakil, in a statement, said, “Vikramaditya Singh’s remarks on the innocent Kashmiris who were brutally killed by the Mahraja’s forces on 13 July, 1931 are not only offensive and noxious but also a gives an idea of the sick mindset of Congress leaders”, he said.

Accusing the Congress leadership of being the mother of all ills in Kashmir, Vakil said that, “Congress leadership is more vicious and vile than RSS-BJP and responsible for all the mess in Kashmir. There are responsible for eroding the autonomy of the state right from 1953 till the fall of the Omar-led NC-Congress coalition government in 2014. They changed the nomenclature of political administration by re-designating the Sadr-e-Riyasat and Prime Minister as Governor and Chief Minister.”

Criticising the National Conference, Vakil said, “The NC leadership’s silence on the statement of Vikramaditya Singh is shameful and exposes their duplicity and moral bankruptcy. While on the one hand they pretend to value the sacrifices of the martyrs of July 13 and on the other they watch their alliance partners abuse and disrespect the martyrs with folded hands. They are quiet because they don’t want to annoy the Congress leadership”, he added.

Vakil further accused the NC of selectively paying homage to the martyrs of 1931 “while forgetting about those who were massacred during their rule”.