New Delhi: The Kashmir unrest continues to cripple life in the valley at large as fresh clashes were observed on all three days when the curfew was lifted including today morning.
The Lok Sabha MP for Ladakh, Thupstan Chhewang has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recapitulating Ladakh’s long-standing demand to be separated from Jammu and Kashmir to be named a Union Territory.
The MP, who is also one of the foremost standard-bearers of the demand for UT status to Ladakh, expressed concern over the continuing unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
“We feel stifled at the moment because of the present ongoing senseless violence in a part of the State… It is shocking that we have not been involved in any debate or discussion, held both at the State and Central level, for finding a clue to the continuing impasse in the Valley,” read a three-page memorandum he wrote to PM Modi.
“If those at the help think that we are ‘separatists’ and hence can be ignored, then let it be so. Yes, we are ‘separatists’ in the sense that we want to secede from Jammu and Kashmir for an unambiguous relationship with our great nation,” Chhewang said in his memorandum.
“We have no sympathy for those playing in the hands of forces inimical to our country,” he added.
Chhewang raised attention to a resolution adopted by religious leaders of the region, saying it better captured the mood in Ladakh.
“We are neither the problem nor part of the problem involving the state. We firmly believe that all of us live only when India lives,” the resolution had read.
Chhewang in his memorandum claimed that Ladakh had been demanding separation from Jammu and Kashmir eversince the state acceded to India.
“Each time we were close to realising our dream we were persuaded by New Delhi to withdraw in the name of ‘national interest’. What ‘national interest’ has been achieved over the decades by brushing aside the genuine demands of patriotic Indians and placating those who challenged the might of India? It is high time that we answered this question,” read Chhewang’s memorandum.
Notably, Chhewang’s memorandum called for the abrogation of Article 370, which grants certain autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, and appealed that steps be taken to accord special status to the state, on the lines of what has been achieved in the Northeast.
The memorandum was also marked to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Opposition Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, her Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and some national state level leaders of the BJP.