Political parties react sharply, call it ‘unfortunate’

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/28/2020 11:52:15 PM

Row over dropping of ‘Sher-e-Kashmir name’

SRINAGAR, Jan 28: Majority of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have reacted sharply over dropping of words ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’, a name used for National Conference (NC) party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, from the nomenclature of J&K police medals, terming the move as ‘unfortunate’.
NC, whose top leadership -- including two former chief ministers -- remained under detention since August 5, alleged that the administration was trying to distort the history of J&K by such move.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on January 25 announced dropping of worlds ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ from nomenclature of police medal for gallantry and police medal for meritorious service.
“First and for most we should not put to controversy anything which puts a question mark on the bravery on the bravery and service of J&K police officials, who have received this award. J&K Police is one of the best police forces in the country and in the last three decades has done a remarkable job in serving the state and nation,” senior NC leader Devendra Rana told media.
He said it is unfortunate that certain attempts have been made to remove the name of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah from various institutions and various places.
But, he said Sher-e-Kashmir is too tall for such dwarfish action. “History of J&K and the sub-continent is incomplete without the mention of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah… and no effort by anybody will be able to remove his name from the history. He was an iconic Kashmiri who will always be there in the hearts and minds of the people of J&K and sub-continent,” Rana said.
“Such actions do not deserve any mention because such attempts have been made in the past as well to remove the name of National Conference (NC) and Sker-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. But every time it is the people who decide and the people are for Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah,” he added.
Meanwhile, senior CPI (M) leader and former MLA from Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, said the move is highly unfortunate and condemnable. “By erasing the name of such personality what do they want to achieve,” he asked.
He said they (government) have already hurt the feeling of the people of Kashmir by abrogating Article 370. “They have demolished the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. What more do they want. They had earlier removed July 13 (Martyrs day) and December 5 (birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah) from the holiday list,” he said.
Tarigami said he thinks that it is a sigh of desperation. “I may not agree on many issues with Sheikh, but never the less it is a fact that he has been a historic figure as far as his contribution of building the modern Kashmir is concerned,” he said.
“Nobody can deny that, whether his name is here or not but the fact of the matter is lives in the hearts of people. It is beyond anyone to remove names of such personalities,” Tarigami added.
Terming the move as unfortunate, Senior Congress leader Maroof Wani said that my removing the name of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah the administration is hurting the sentiments of the people of J&K.
“The administration can’t win the heart of the people by changing names. Sheikh has played a vital role in accession of J&K to India,” he said.
Wani said Sheikh had many options, but he opted to join secular India. “He did it to preserve the culture and identity of the people of J&K. Now, by trying to erase him from the history, they are hurting the sentiments of the people,” the Congress leader added.
Principal secretary, Home department, Shaleen Kabra, in an order, had said that Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry and Sher-e-Kashmir police medal for meritorious service shall henceforth be read as ‘Jammu and Kashmir police medal for gallantry’ and ‘Jammu and Kashmir police medal for meritorious service’.



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