National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses solidarity with Kashmir, says ‘communal politics destroying harmony’

Srinagar: The National Alliance of People’s Movements organized a a ‘Samvidhan Samman Yatra’ throughout India which reached the Srinagar city of Kashmir on Sunday, expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir and stated that their objective was to ‘question corporate-government-mafia nexus’ and ‘the communal politics which is irretrievably destroying the social harmony fabric of the country’.

The yatra will end on December 10, the International Day of Human Rights.

In a press release, the alliance stated that the ‘aggressive Hindutva politics which has resulted in increased violent attacks on Dalits, Muslims, Christians and people of Kashmir and the glorification of this violence by ministers of government and Hindutva brigade is a matter of concern’.

Calling the ‘unnecessary meddling in affairs of autonomous institutions like CBI, RBI, Central Statistical Organisation by the ruling party’ as ‘eroding whatever democracy exists in India’, it stated that officials of significant positions, mostly ‘the Army Chief and the Governor are being politically used’.

“In extending our struggle to save the Constitution of India we feel Articles 35-A and 370 should be properly implemented and the Government of India should honor the promises made to people of Kashmir at the time of
accession,” the statement read.

The statement said that the Alliance believed the Kashmir problem to be ‘a tripartite problem’ and that any solution, if arrived to, should be taken with the sentiments of the people of Kashmir in mind.

The Governments of India and Pakistan need to re-initiate the process of dialogue towards resolving the Kashmir dispute, the statement said.

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The Alliance also welcomed the decision by Imran Khan government to open the Kartarpur Sahib corridor is a welcome development and we urge the Indian government to fully cooperate in de-escalation of militarization of the sub-continent which will create an atmosphere conducive for dialogue.

The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of members of India’s Sikh community to their religious site in Pakistan, was inaugurated both in India and Pakistan within a time gap of two days and is expected to be completed within six months.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi announced building the Kartarpur road corridor up to the international border between India and Pakistan to let Sikh pilgrims visit the gurdwara on the banks of the river Ravi in Pakistan.

Both Pakistan and India made the decision to allow the pilgrims visit the holy shrine without having to secure a visa.

The foundation stone in Gurdaspur was laid by Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of the CM and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday.

The Government of Pakistan had also said that it would provide land to Sikh organisations for construction of modern hotels in Kartarpur, Nankana Sahib and Narowal, besides construction of a railway station in Kartarpur to provide state-of-the-art board and lodging facilities to Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan.

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