Jammu Statehood

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Non conducive atmosphere for undesired demands and issues had virtually made life of common people in Kashmir a hell. Upon this vested political leaders did not leave single stone unturned in making the situation more venerable. In these circumstances the only lasting solution is separate statehood for Jammu and union territory for Ladakh. It was once a demand appreciated by BJP in state as well as at national level. Now being in power at state as well as at centre, question arises, would BJP go for it? However, discrimination is old sage being sung by people of Jammu and protest is the ultimate action. Recently during a protest NSF State president Dr Vikas Sharma, who stressed that Statehood for Jammu was the only way out to end 67 years long discrimination with the people at Jammu region. Dr Vikas said that out of total 34 posts of 10+2 Lecturers in Urdu, 30 candidates have been selected from Kashmir and only 4 from Jammu. In the RBA category out of total 11 posts, 7 candidates are from Kashmir province and 4 from Jammu. Similarly, he added, out of total 29 posts of Lecturer in English, 25 candidates have been selected from Kashmir and 4 candidates selected from Jammu while in the RBA category, 7 selected candidates, out of total 10 posts, are from Kashmir province and 3 from Jammu. Dr Vikas Sharma reminded similar discrimination was seen in the selection of Assistant Professors for various subjects in the Higher Education Department, where the share of Jammu was almost negligible.The decision to grant statehood to Telangana has fuelled the demand for separation of two regions in Jammu and Kashmir – Jammu and Ladakh. A day after the UPA decided to split the state of Andhra Pradesh, there were protests by the Shiv Sena in Jammu for a separate state, while in Leh, the Ladakh Union Territory Front (LUTF) put up its old demand for a union territory (UT) status. The Rashtriya Sevak Sangh (RSS) in its 2002 meet at Kurukshetra had adopted a resolution in support of a separate state for Jammu. JSM was created in the same year, to take the demand forward. It fought an election in alliance with the BJP, which was persuaded by RSS to support the demand, but lost the election. BJP ended up winning just one seat. Subsequently, BJP all but gave up on the demand and the party was deterred by the detrimental fallout of such a demand in a sensitive and conflict-ridden state like J&K. Subsequently, RSS also lost its enthusiasm for a separate Jammu state.