Monday, May 31, 2010

Localities in Jammu

Localities in Jammu


Raghunath Bazar, Raghunath  Pura, Pratapgarh  Mohalla, Kaleethian Mohalla, Hari Market, Gumut Bazar, Residency Road, Christian Colony, Shahidi  Chowk, Wazarat Road, Gujjar Nagar, Circular Road, Mohalla Dalpatian, Talab   Khatikan, Rajinder Bazar, Panj Bakhtar Road, Kanak Mandi, Ghaas Mandi Chowk, Mohalla Darugiran, Lukhdatta Bazar, Pir Mitha, Dhakki Sirajan, Malhotra Street, Citi Chowk, Old Hospital Road, Purani Mandi, 

Patel Bazar, Raj Tilak Road, Link Road, Jain  Bazar, Mast Garh, Julaka  Mohalla, Chowk  Chabutra, Dhounthli  Bazar, Panj  Tirthi, Mubarak  Mandi, Pucca  Dunga, Kaali  Janni, Gali Khilona, Mohalla  Afghana, Tange Wali  Gali, Kachhi Chhawni, Mohalla  Utsav, Mohalla  Narayanian, Exchange Road, Palace Road, Rani  Talab, Parade, Moti Bazar, Sabzi Mandi, Mohalla  Paharian, Fatu  Chogan, Shalimar Road, Doctor  Lane, Dogra  Hall, Indira  Chowk, Bus Stand, K.C. Chowk, B.C. Road, Rehari, Rehari  Chungi, Mahesh  Pura, Resham Garh Colony, Bakshi  Bazar, Shakti  Nagar, Shiv  Nagar,

Subash  Nagar, Patoli, Sarwal, Toup Sherkhania, Ploura, Akhnoor Road, Muthi, Ban Talab, Jaani Pura, Rehari  Colony, New Plot, Roop   Nagar, Rai Pur, Kot Balwal, Barnal, Damaana, Bori, Talab Tilo, Canal Road, Bhagwati  Nagar, Mohinder Nagar, Nitco  Lane, Rama Lane, Krishna Nagar, Jewel  Chowk, Vivekananda  Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Amphala/ Amb phala, Manda, Nagrota, Jagti  Nagrota, Sidhrha, Bahu Fort, Gorkha  Nagar, Kasim Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Narwal, Transport Nagar, Panama Chowk, Railway Road, Balmiki Chowk, Bahu Plaza, Vikram Chowk, University Lane, Nehru Market, Ware House, Police Line, Gandhi Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Shastri  Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Nanakpura, Preet   Nagar, Shiva Chowk, Channi Himmat, 

Channi  Rama, Malik Market, Sunjwan, Bhatindi, Gujjar Colony, Dili, Sainik Colony, Chawadi, Greater Kailash, Marble Market, Nai Basti, Satwari, Gadi Garh, Airport  Road, Chatha, Meera Sahib, Simbal  Camp, R.S. Pura, Digiana, Jeevan  Nagar, Gangyal, Kunjwani, Ekta Vihar, Apna Vihar, Kalu Chak, Bari  Brahamana, Saror, Taror, Jakh, Vijay Pur, 

Peer Baba Jammu- Peer Budhan Ali Shah

Peer Baba:: Behind the Civil Airport is the famous durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. On Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees who visit this shrine, vastly outnumber the Muslim devotees.

Pandit Shambhoo Sopori ‘Masterjee', a musician with phenomenal energy, artistic qualities, devotion, dedication and perfection, is a legendary name in the musical world of Jammu and Kashmir

Pandit Shambhoo Sopori ‘Masterjee', a musician with phenomenal energy, artistic qualities, devotion, dedication and perfection, is a legendary name in the musical world of Jammu and Kashmir 

Popularly known as ‘Masterjee', a musician with phenomenal energy, artistic qualities, devotion, dedication and perfection, he is a legendary name in the musical world of Jammu and Kashmir . He is the most loved and respected musician of the state, and has been the guru of thousands of students and Hindustani classical music grew with him in the valley. Sitar, Santoor and classical vocal are his forte. 

A large number of professionals, music performers and teachers are his taught. To name a few: Prof. Jai Kishori Kaul, Mr. O.N.Raina, Prof. Usha Bagati, Prof. Hawa Bashir, Prof. Rifet Jabeen, Dr. Rajkumari Magazine, Dr. B.L.Koul and the ‘Melody Queens' of Kashmir - Shamima Dev Azad and Kailash Mehra. 

Even the Maharani Yashoraj Laxmi ji of the Royal family of J & K State is Pandit ji's disciple. The more said about him is less. Every word said about him stands testimony and no one can deny the fact that he is the father of music in the valley. 

He introduced Hindustani Classical Music as a subject initially in S.P.Higher Secondary School for boys and later on in the Girls College at Maulana Azad Road and paved the way for the musicians to grow and make music a source of lively hood. It's due to the pioneering and dedicated efforts of Pandit ji that musicians got a prestigious status in the valley. 

Sangeet Maha Vidyalaya, the School purely of Indian Classical Music that Pandit ji started in the valley was the only source of holding Hindustani classical (vocal and instrumental) and Indian dance concerts in the valley which featured the recitals of luminaries like Ustad Amir Khan Sahib, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Ustad Naseer Aminuddin Khan Dagar, Dr. Parvatikar, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahib, Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar, etc. 

The school even presented Carnatic Instrumentalists and Vocalists before the students and the general public. However in spite of his busy schedule, as for the family sanskara, Pandit ji also lived in the company of Saints and Sufis and would perform for them along with his youngest son Bhajan Sopori. Some of them were Swami Parmanand ji, Swami Nand Bub, Swami Laxman Joo, Swami Kral Bub, Soan Saeb Badasgom, Faqir Aahad Saib and many others. 

Pandit ji has been the pioneer in putting some of the Muqams in the notations to ensure its preservation. 


Bhaderwah and Kishtwar culture like HP folks -drums flutes, bagpipers and bugles

Bhaderwah and Kishtwar culture like HP folks - drums, flutes, bagpipers and bugles


Villagers in new bright coloured attire throng in huge numbers with music of all hues viz drums flutes, bagpipers and bugles etc for which Bhaderwah and Kishtwar culture likewise HP folks occupy a specific and unique placement in the northern part of India. 

The entire stretch connecting, enroute Kishtwar road, a smaller stretch of barely 16 kms is in a bad condition. The road meanders in the form of turns and twists. In order to enhance tourists/ pilgrims in- flow, the road warrants improvement. The black-topping through out the stretch is of utmost importane to boost ameliorate tourists/pilgrim influx.

Efforts have to be taken to upgrade the facilities. The public facilities all along the route like accomodation, medical and toilet facilities have to be put in place so that the pilgrim do not face hardships.

(The author is Dy. Conservator of State Forest Department.)

Tours to the Amar Mahal Palace situated near Ramnagar

Tours to the Amar Mahal Palace situated near Ramnagar


Tours to the Amar Mahal Palace situated near Ramnagar is a special treat for tourists who travel to Jammu, as it showcases Pahari paintings and other ancient artifacts that shed light on the lifestyle of the rulers of Kashmir. 


The Dogra rulers patronized the Pahari paintings in ancient Jammu. This travel destination was the residential palace of Raja Amar Singh at one point of time in history.



Sunday, May 30, 2010

COMPARATIVE SOCIAL INDICATORS- India and Pakistan-1

jairam says:
what are you trying to say ,what is the final CONCLUSION ,are you trying to tell that pakistan is better than India ? the world knows what is India and pak.


in your comparsion what you have posted see what he says .


COMPARATIVE SOCIAL INDICATORS
(Most Recent Estimates)
India
Pakistan
Life Expectancy (in years)
60.7
61.8
Adult Literacy (in percent)
50.6
36.4
Female Literacy (in percent)
36.0
23.0
Gross Enrollment Ratio (combined – in percent)
55.0
37.0
Access to Health Services (in percent)
85.0
55.0
Daily Caloric Supply Per Capita
2,395
2,316
Underweight Children Under Five (in percent) 
53.0 
40.0
Infant Mortality (per ’000 births) 
81.0 
89.0
Total Fertility Rate 
3.8
6.2
the other comparison is 10 years old ,have seen the recent once.
15 years is a lot of time go and see the latest comparison my friend.



Who says that India is a poor country? — Revelation of Swiss bank accounts

Who says that India is a poor country?
IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN SAVE INDIA?
— Revelation of Swiss bank accounts

Recently, due to international pressure, the Swiss government agreed to disclose the names of the account holders only if the respective governments formally asked for it. Indian government is not asking for the details…….any marks for guessing why?

We need to start a movement to pressurize the government to do so! This is perhaps the only way, and a golden opportunity, to expose the high and mighty and weed out corruption!

Please read on……and forward to all the honest Indians to…..like somebody is forwarding to you……..and build a ground-swell of support for action! Is India poor, who says? Ask the Swiss banks. With personal account deposit bank of $1,500 billion in foreign reserve which have been misappropriated, an amount 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt, one needs to rethink if India is a poor country?

DISHONEST INDUSTRIALISTS, scandalous politicians and corrupt IAS, IRS, IPS officers have deposited in foreign banks in their illegal personal accounts a sum of about $1500 billion, which have been misappropriated by them. This amount is about 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt. With this amount 45 crore poor people can get Rs 1, 00,000 each. This huge amount has been appropriated from the people of India by exploiting and betraying them. 

Once this huge amount of black money and property comes back to India, the entire foreign debt can be repaid in 24 hours. After paying the entire foreign debt, we will have surplus amount, almost 12 times larger than the foreign debt. If this surplus amount is invested in earning interest, the amount of interest will be more than the annual budget of the Central government. 

So even if all the taxes are abolished, then also the Central government will be able to maintain the country very comfortably. Some 80,000 people travel to Switzerland every year, of which 25,000 travel very frequently. ‘Obviously, these people won’t be tourists. They must be travelling there for some other reason,’ believes an official involved in tracking illegal money. And, clearly, he isn’t referring to the commerce ministry bureaucrats who’ve been flitting in and out of Geneva ever since the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations went into a tailspin!

Just read the following details and note how these dishonest industrialists, scandalous politicians, corrupt officers, cricketers, film actors, illegal sex trade and protected wildlife operators, to name just a few, sucked this country’s wealth and prosperity. This may be the picture of deposits in Swiss banks only. What about other international banks?

Black money in Swiss banks — Swiss Banking Association report, 2006 details bank deposits in the territory of Switzerland by nationals of following countries: 1/2

Country   Deposits
India        $1456 billion
Russia     $470 billion
U.K.         $390 billion
Ukraine   $100 billion

Now do the math – India with $1,456 billion or $1.4 trillion has more money in Swiss banks than rest of the world combined. Public loot since 1947:

Can we bring back our money? It is one of the biggest loots witnessed by mankind — the loot of the Aam Aadmi (common man) since 1947, by his brethren occupying public office. It has been orchestrated by politicians, bureaucrats and some businessmen.

The list is almost all-encompassing. No wonder, everyone in India loots with impunity and without any fear.

What is even more depressing is that this ill-gotten wealth of ours has been stashed away abroad into secret bank accounts located in some of the world’s best known tax havens. And to that extent the Indian economy has been stripped of its wealth. Ordinary Indians may not be exactly aware of how such secret accounts operate and what are the rules and regulations that go on to govern such tax havens.

However, one may well be aware of ‘Swiss bank accounts,’ the shorthand for murky dealings, secrecy and of course pilferage from developing countries into rich developed ones. In fact, some finance experts and economists believe tax havens to be a conspiracy of the western world against the poor countries. By allowing the proliferation of tax havens in the twentieth century, the western world explicitly encourages the movement of scarce capital from the developing countries to the rich. 

In March 2005, the Tax Justice Network (TJN) published a research finding demonstrating that $11.5 trillion of personal wealth was held offshore by rich individuals across the globe.

The findings estimated that a large proportion of this wealth was managed from some 70 tax havens. Further, augmenting these studies of TJN, Raymond Baker — in his widely celebrated book titled ‘Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free Market System’ — estimates that at least $5 trillion have been shifted out of poorer countries to the West since the mid-1970.

It is further estimated by experts that one per cent of the world’s population holds more than 57 per cent of total global wealth, routing it invariably through these tax havens. How much of this is from India is anybody’s guess.

What is to be noted here is that most of the wealth of Indians parked in these tax havens is illegitimate money acquired through corrupt means. Naturally, the secrecy associated with the bank accounts in such places is central to the issue, not their low tax rates as the term ‘tax havens’ suggests. Remember Bofors and how India could not trace the ultimate beneficiary of those transactions because of the secrecy associated with these bank accounts?

If Indian muslims decide to keep their children away from public schools and instead send them to Madarassa (India offers Mandatory, free, public schools with free meals) who is responsible for the illiteracy of the Muslims???

If Indian muslims decide to keep their children away from public schools and instead send them to Madarassa (India offers Mandatory, free, public schools with free meals) who is responsible for the illiteracy of the Muslims???




India: Manages its own finances ever since Independence.

India: Civilian rule ever since Independence.

India: More number of Muslims in India than in Pakistan.

India: More Mosques in India than in Pakistan.

India: Has had a Muslim as a President.

India: Percapita income of Indian muslims is more than average Pakistani.
1 USD = 52 INR, 1 GBP =72 INR.

India’s defence outlay, paid from its own budget, no gifts or funding from Russia or US or heaven and is less than 25% GDP.

Pakistan: Needs constant US budgetary Support, besides IMF various loans . .
several times gone to the brink of bankruptcy, resurrected by the US aid.

Pakistan: Under military dictatorship most part since Independence

Pakistan: Islamic State, hence no rights for other religions.

Pakistan: 1 Babri Masjid destroyed in India but hundreds of temples destroyed in Pakistan. Babri Masjid itself was built after demolishing a temple . .

Pakistan: Afghan Taliban, developed + trained by ISI. Funded by US CIA. Where did India come into this picture????

Pakistan: 1USD = 81 PKR, 1GBP = 111 PKR

Kashmir: Percapita income of Indian Kashmiri more than Pakistani Kashmiri.

If Indian muslims decide to keep their children away from public schools and instead send them to Madarassa (India offers Mandatory, free, public schools with free meals) who is responsible for the illiteracy of the Muslims???

If Indian muslims, do not integrate with the rest of the population, refuse to learn the local language and live in their own towns and make them their ghettoes, send their children only to madarassa and not to school, why cant the local mosques teach them . . we are Indians and we should learn and try to aspair???

Indian Muslim population has risen 10 folds in population percentage . . .since India’s Independence.

The Questions for you, are . .

1. Why should India have an inferiority complex in relation with Pakistan?

2. Why should India compete with Pakistan? Why should India bother about Pakistan?

3. What is India going to gain out of Afghanistan?? Get a share of the opium produce???

4. India can live without begging from America for alms . . Can Pakistan do??

5. Indian Security Forces killed 9 terrorists and caught 1 alive in a surprise terrorist strike . . In Lahore on a “presidential security” convoy, 14 teroorists kill 6 police officers and WALK (not even run) away from the scene . . . How can you compare Indian security agencies are a failure but the Pakistan story is a success . .

Mate, open your mind and dont be afraid to face the reality . . The world will not become dark just because you ve closed your eyes . .

I am not a Pakistan Hater but a Clear thinker . .

NB: To be frank, i dont mind giving away Kashmir to Pakistan, We are just wasting millions of our own money (not borrowed from US or Saudi Arabia or Israel for that matter) to no avail . .mebbe you can accept the remaining millions of your islamic brotherhood from India as well . . coz a lot of them think they are Pakistanis because they are muslims . . I would not want to hold any Muslim in India against their wishes . . besides that was the reason for the creation of Pakistan . . A thriving Vibrant Prospering Islamic Nation

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rethinking Kashmir Politics---Dr. Yoginder Sikand-the political project of Kashmiri nationalists-of a separate, independent state of Jammu and Kashmir-has absolutely no takers among the Hindus (and other non-Muslims) of the state

Rethinking Kashmir Politics
Dr. Yoginder Sikand-
the political project of Kashmiri nationalists-of a separate, independent state of Jammu and Kashmir-has absolutely no takers among the Hindus (and other non-Muslims) of the state

Many Kashmiri Muslims vociferously insist that the demand for independence of Kashmir has nothing to do with religion. Instead, they argue, that the conflict in and over Kashmir is essentially 'political'. What is conveniently ignored by those who make this claim is that religion and politics, particularly in the case of the Kashmir dispute, involving as it does the rival claims of Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-dominated India, can hardly be separated. 

As the current spate of violence in both the Hindi-dominated Jammu division and the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, triggered off by a controversial decision of the state government to allot a piece of land to a Hindu temple trust, so starkly indicates, religion and communal identities defined essentially in religious terms have everything to do with the basic issue of Jammu and Kashmir and its still unsettled political status. Kashmiri nationalists, in contrast to hardcore Islamists and the Hindutva brigade, quickly dismiss this point, finding it, perhaps, too embarrassing, afraid of being labeled as religious chauvinists or 'communal'. But, no longer, it seems, can the crucial role of religion in shaping the contours of the on-going conflict in and over Kashmir be denied.

That the on-going BJP-inspired agitation in Jammu has marshaled considerable support among the Hindus of Jammu clearly indicates that the political project of Kashmiri nationalists-of a separate, independent state of Jammu and Kashmir-has absolutely no takers among the Hindus (and other non-Muslims) of the state. Kashmiri nationalists insist that in the independent Jammu and Kashmir of their dreams, religious minorities-Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists-who would account for almost a fourth of the population, would have equal rights and no cause for complaint.

Some even boast, without adducing any evidence, of commanding the support of the non-Muslims of the state for their project. At the same time as they roundly berate the Dogra Raj as a long spell of slavery for the state's Muslims, they insist that the boundaries of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as constructed by the same Dogras, against the will of the Kashmiri Muslims, be considered as sacrosanct, as setting the borders of the independent country that they demand. If, as they argue, Dogra Raj was illegitimate, then surely there is nothing holy about the state boundaries as laid down by the Dogras, bringing Jammu and the vastly different Kashmir Valley in a forced union. 

If, as they rightly insist, Kashmir was conquered against its will by the Dogras of Jammu, there is no reason why the forced union of the two should continue in the independent Jammu and Kashmir that the Kashmiri nationalists dream of, particularly given the Jammu Hindus' resentment of alleged Kashmiri hegemony, a sentiment shared even by many Jammu Muslims.

Kashmiri nationalists, however, would refuse to recognize this basic contradiction in their argument. The reason is obvious: To do so, to recognize that the Jammu's Hindus (and Leh's Buddhists) would resist, even to the point of violence, the agenda of an independent Jammu and Kashmir would clearly indicate the obvious, but embarrassing fact, that this agenda represents the aspirations and interests largely of Kashmiri Muslims, and is a means to legitimize Kashmir Muslim control over the rest of the state. 

The analogy with pre-Partition India is useful. The Muslim League insisted that because the Hindus of India were in a numerical majority, a united, independent India, no matter what safeguards it gave and promises of equality it made to the Muslims, would be dominated by the Hindus, and would, for all its secular and democratic claims, be untrammeled Hindu Raj. Hence their demand for a separate Pakistan. 

The Hindus of Jammu and the Buddhists of Leh find themselves in precisely the same position as did supporters of the Muslim League in pre-Partition India, only now the actors have reversed their roles. Kashmiri nationalists insist they want an independent, united Jammu and Kashmir, just as the Congress did when it talked of a united and free India. And, like the Congress did with the Muslims, they promise the non-Muslim minorities of Jammu and Leh that their rights would be fully protected in this state of their dreams. Yet, just as many Muslims refused to accept the promises of the Congress, fearing that they would never be honored, the non-Muslim minorities in Jammu and Kashmir refuse to buy the arguments of the Kashmiri nationalists, which they rightly see as a thinly-veiled guise to justify Kashmiri hegemony. 

I have heard Kashmiris, including some of my closest friends, come up with the most ingenious arguments to counter the above point. 'Kashmiriyat, the teachings of love and peace of our Sufis, unite us all and would ensure that non-Muslim minorities will be safe and protected in a free Jammu and Kashmir', some of them say. A laughable claim, unless all Kashmiris suddenly decide to shun the world and trod the mystical path, an unlikely prospect. Sufism is in a rapid state of decline in Kashmir and elsewhere, as is the case with all other forms of mysticism. 

Then there is another bizarre argument, which I heard, among others, from none less than one of the chief ideologues of the Jamaat-e Islami in Kashmir and a fervent backer of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, which runs like this: 

Islam lays down the rights of non-Muslims and insists that Muslims should respect them. The Prophet Muhammad himself did so. So, if Jammu and Kashmir gets freedom and becomes a truly Islamic state, the non-Muslim minorities will have full freedom and equality. That the Islamists whom he led had hardly done anything to promote anything even remotely approaching that sort of confidence among the state's minorities-in fact doing almost everything to completely alienate them-did not even cross his mind. 

The late Sadullah Tantrey, once head of the Jammu branch of the Jamaat-e Islami, even went on to insist, in all seriousness, that 'Indeed so happy will the non-Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir be in this independent Islamic state that even Hindus from India would line up to settle in the state.' I squirmed in my seat as he went on, stunned at his evident ignorance or hypocrisy or, as seemed more likely, both. 

I itched to tell him, as I sat before him in his house in Gath, up in the mountains of Doda, that the 'Islamic state' hardly outlived the Prophet Muhammad and has been completely extinct ever since; that the fate of minorities in scores of Muslim countries, even those like Saudi Arabia that claim to be 'Islamic', was deplorable, that even Jinnah had promised full equality to the non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan but that had not prevented them from being reduced to virtual second-class citizens, and that, simply put, he was lying or else living in a fool's paradise. I kept my mouth shut, however. After all, I was there to learn what his views were, not to preach.

Clearly, any forced union of the disparate nationalities in Jammu and Kashmir in the form of a separate, independent state that Kashmiri nationalists champion (as now do even some Kashmiri Islamists, former passionate advocates for union with Pakistan, who, flowing with the tide, have realized that their earlier stance has increasingly few takers among Kashmiris, given their mounting disenchantment with Pakistan) would be a sure recipe for civil war. The current agitation in Jammu is ample evidence of that. It is time, therefore, that pro-'Azadi' Kashmiri leaders admit this publicly. 

This is not, however, to plead the case for the division of the state, as the RSS has been advocating, for surely that would further harden communal boundaries and rivalries in just the same way as would the project of an independent Jammu and Kashmir. Rather, it is to recognize and publicly acknowledge the very plural character of Jammu and Kashmir, and the concerns and sensitivities of all its peoples, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others.

Links in Jammu and Kashmir

REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES and  OFFICIAL LIQUIDATOR 
Jammu & Kashmir

ICSI: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Statutory Body Under Act of Parliament provides Company Secretary Course or CS course. Company Secretary means a member of ICSI or Institute of Company Secretaries of India.


Company Law Board 


Ministry of Finance 


High Court of Jammu & Kashmir


The Official Website of Jammu and Kashmir Government, India.

Amarnath


Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi 


Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine

Letter of L K Advani Leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha regarding pilgrims going on Amarnath ji Yatra

Letter of L K Advani Leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha regarding pilgrims going on Amarnath ji Yatra issue relating to the transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board


L K Advani
Leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha 


Dated: August 13, 2008

Dear Prime Minister,

It is with a deep sense of disappointment that I am writing to you with regard to the issue relating to the transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board for the purposes of providing facilities to the pilgrims who visit the holy shrine each year. It appears that the government is completely out of its depth in dealing with this issue. We are also convinced that the government is not very serious about finding a solution to this problem. 







The people of Jammu division have suffered from a gross discrimination in the matters relating to the governance of the State. The census is not fairly and regularly done. The delimitation is deferred; there is discrimination in the matter of public employment, disbursal of funds and development of the region. They are told on each occasion that the Kashmir valley has a 'psyche' and therefore the government is to submit to that 'psyche' and if fairness is shown to the people of Jammu, the 'psyche' of the valley will be hurt. Recent events have shown that the people in Jammu are now determined to assert in order to claim their fair share in the matter of both governance and development of the region.


Let it be clearly understood. The problem in J&K today is not Hindu versus Muslim; nor is it even Jammu region versus the Valley. It is essentially nationalists versus the separatists. The people of Jammu supported by the rest of the country, strongly feel that the revocation of the Cabinet order with regard to Amarnath was purely under separatist pressures. There is a huge sense of hurt and injury in Indian public opinion which has resulted in the nationalist opinion being alienated because the separatists have to be pleased.





The protest of the people of Jammu has been nationalist; they hold the national flag to their heart, even when they protest. They raise slogans in support of our motherland and also the Indian army. It is for this reason that both the army and security forces are finding it difficult even to enforce the curfew. Can this group of nationalists be equated with the separatists who foment trouble in our country. This precisely is the mistake that the government is committing.


A question is being raised as to how the current problem is to be resolved. If the government is really serious about resolving the problem it must just act straight. Follow the law and follow the judicial orders and you will reach the correct solution.

There is an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir legislature, called 'The Jammu and Kashmir Shri Amarnathji Shrine Act, 2000'. This Act which provides for the constitution of the Shrine Board, also defines the duties of the Board. 

Section 16 of the Act reads as under:
16. Duties of the Board
Subject to the provisions of this Act and of any bye-laws made thereunder, it shall be the duty of the Board :-

(a) to arrange for the proper performance of worship at the Holy Shrine;

(b) to provide facilities for the proper performance of worship by the pilgrims;

(c) To make arrangements for the safe custody of the funds, valuables and jewellery and for the preservation of the Board Fund;

(d) To undertake developmental activities concern the area of the Shrine and its surroundings;

(e) To make provision for the payment of suitable emoluments to the salaried staff;

(f) To make suitable arrangements for the imparting of religious instructions and general education to the pilgrims;

(g) To undertake, for the benefit of worshippers and pilgrims:

(i) the construction of buildings for their accommodation;

(ii) the construction of sanitary works;

(iii) the improvement of means of communication.

(h) To make provision of medical relief for worshippers and pilgrims;

(i) to do all such things as may be incidental and conducive to the efficient management, maintenance and administration of the Holy Shrine and the Board Funds and for the convenience of the pilgrims.



It is clear that it is the duty of the Shrine Board to provide facilities for performance of worship by pilgrims, development activities around the Shrine, to undertake construction of buildings for accommodation of the pilgrims to provide sanitation facilities to the pilgrims; to provide for communication, medical relief etc to the pilgrims. It is the duty of the State to enable the Shrine Board to become effective in order to discharge its duties in an effective manner.

This Act is in consonance with the secular polity of India. The government does not run religious institutions nor does it manage them. This function is best left to the institutions of every religious denomination. This mandate emanates from the provisions of Article 26 and 27 of the Constitution which are reproduced hereunder :-

Article 26 




Freedom to manage religious affairs:

Subject to public order, morality and health, every religious denomination or any section thereof shall have the right

(a) to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes;
(b) to manage its own affairs in matters of religion;
(c) to own and acquire movable and immovable property; and
(d) to administer such property in accordance with law.

Article 27





Freedom as to payment of taxes for promotion of any particular religion.

No person shall be compelled to pay any taxes, the proceeds of which are specifically appropriated in payment of expenses for the promotion or maintenance of any particular religious denomination.

All faiths deserve equal respect. And the State should not discriminate between followers of different faiths. This is the meaning of Indian secularism. It enjoins on us to create proper amenities, with necessary infrastructure, at the pilgrimage centres of all communities. There can be no double standards in this matter.








The mandate of Article 26 is that it is for the religious denomination to establish and maintain its religious places and to manage the affairs of their religion. It is entitled to acquire movable and immovable properties and administer them in accordance with law. It is precisely on account of the mandate of Article 26 that the SGPC manages the affairs of Sikh religious institutions, the Wakf Board look after the affairs of Muslim religious institutions and Shrine Boards as also the various religious endowments are managing Hindu religious institutions under various statutory enactments. 

The spirit of Article 27 makes it clear that a secular State does not spend the taxpayers' money on religious purposes. It is the contributions of that particular religious denomination which will be used for running the affairs of the religion's activities. It is precisely for this reason that the Jammu & Kashmir Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board set up under the Act requires to be strengthened so that the Shrine Board itself can discharge the functions of providing facilities to the pilgrims and managing the religious shrine. This duty is necessitated because of the climatic conditions at such heights where the Shrine is located. It is the duty of the State to allocate land to the Shrine Board so that the provision of facilities can be made by the Board. 

Any decision of the government the effect of which is that the Shrine Board will not provide these amenities and that they would be provided by the Tourism Department of the government is both contrary to the letter and spirit of Article 26 and 27 of the Constitution as also 'The Jammu & Kashmir Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Act, 2000'. Since the State of Jammu and Kashmir was not allocating any land to run the functions of the Shrine Board effectively, a writ petition was filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in which the High Court passed a detailed judgement on 15-4-2005 wherein a Single Judge of the High Court issued certain directions to the government. With regard to the provision of amenities the High Court Single Judge held that:


"Since the Board intends to upgrade the infrastructure across the tracks and at different places, the State shall immediately permit the user of land by the Board if already not allowed to carry on developmental activities for the benefit of the Yatra. I am informed that the Forest department has already granted permission to the Board for this purpose. Let necessary steps in this regard be taken immediately before the Yatra commences this year. The effective steps are to be taken by the concerned State authorities for effective implementation of the decision of the Board and no interference is caused by any of the State agencies on implementation of the decision of the Board."

An appeal was filed by the State of Jammu & Kashmir against this order of the Single Judge. But this part of the judgment was not stayed by the Appeal Court. On 17/5/2005 the Division Bench of the High Court passed an interim order wherein it issued certain directions with regard to the Yatra. A fear was expressed that the Shrine Board would transfer land allotted to it for user of the third parties. The Division Bench clarified this and stated as under in its interim order :

"The land to be allotted by the Board would be only for the purposes of its user and would remain allotted for the duration of the yatra. The board shall also identify the sites to be allotted for the purposes of 'Langar', erection of detachable pre-fabricated huts and toilets etc. which would not be permanent in nature and which are liable to be removed after the yatra is over. The Board shall identify the person/agency to whom the site would be allotted so as to enable the State Government to screen the activities of such person/agency"

It is thus clear that to discharge its obligations under the Act, the State Government has to allocate land to the Shrine Board. The Shrine Board can allot it further to third parties only during the tenure of the yatra for the purposes of erecting temporary and pre-fabricated structures for providing amenities to the pilgrims.

The above is the present state of the legislation and the judicial orders. Can any body dispute that a law passed by the State Assembly should not be implemented ? Does the Govt.of India or the Governor of the State have an option not to implement the judicial orders? 





A joint reading of the legislation and the court orders leads to a clear conclusion. The duty of providing amenities to the pilgrims is of the Shrine Board. The government has to give land to the Shrine Board for user. The Shrine Board may request others to put up temporary structures during the tenure of the yatra. The revoked Cabinet order precisely sought to implement the legislation and the judicial directions.


The decision of the Governor to return the land allotted to the Shrine Board back to the government is contrary to the provisions of 'The Jammu & Kashmir Shrine Board Act'. The Governor as the Chairman of the Board has no power to alienate the rights of the Board. He acted contrary to the law by not consulting the Board. Land given to the Board was pursuant to the direction of the High Court. The decision to cancel the land allotment to the Board is a violation of the High Court orders and amounts to contempt of the orders dated 15.4.2005 and 17.5.2005.

Is it the Govt.of India position that because of separatist pressures the legitimate court orders and the legislation cannot be implemented?

Is it the Government's perception that the pilgrims going on Amarnath ji Yatra will not be or cannot be allowed amenities and that the State would manage the affairs of the religious place rather than a legally empowered Shrine Board. It appears that the Government of India has misread the nationalist mood of the people of Jammu which is also supported by strong public opinion in the country. This is the first time in history that the Government has succeeded in even alienating nationalist opinion. The court orders need to be complied with. The mandate of the legislation has to be obeyed. The constitutional right to religion of the pilgrims has to be made effective. The myopic attitude of the Government and its snail like speed in finding a solution has allowed the situation to escalate.

I feel greatly saddened by the loss of so many lives, be it in Jammu or in Kashmir Valley. The Government should, at least at this late hour, recognise the gravity of the situation and speedily take a just and fair decision, rather than adopt a do-nothing policy.

We urge the government to act immediately and to restore the original Cabinet order, which sought to enforce both the law and the judicial orders.

With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(L. K. ADVANI)

Jammu Key People

Jammu State Morcha (JSM) (Progressive)
Prof. Virender Gupta, president 
H B Khajuria, senior vice president JSM, Digvijay Singh its secretary general, Divender Singh Jamwal its general secretary and Shiv Rattan Singh inchrage Suchet Garh Mandal

Bar Association Samba, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of its president Rajeev Gupta,

Former Minister and chief spokesman of JKNPP Harshdev Singh 

The IGP, Jammu Zone, K. Rajendra Kumar, DIGs, A. Q. Manhas, Dr. Kamal Saini and Deepak Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Additional District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Charanjit Singh, SSP Jammu, S. D. Singh Jamwal, SSP Traffic, Jammu, S. Parminder Singh, SSP Security, Johnny William, Joint Director Information Dr. Sat Pal, Chief Education Officer, Jammu,

president of Bar Association Jammu, B S Slathia 

Dr Sudhir S Bloeria, Advisor to Governor, Lt. General Mukesh Sabherwal, GOC 15 Corps, S S Kapur, Chief Secretary, Anil Goswami, Principal Secretary Home, Kuldeep Khoda, DGP and B B Vyas, Principal Secretary to Governor, Karanveer Singh, Additional Director General, CRPF, Dilbagh Singh, Inspector General (CID), Arun Choudhry, Ministry of Home Affairs, Masud Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and S M Sahai, Inspector General of Police, Zone Kashmir .

The J&K Freedom Fighters’ Association 
chairman, B L Gupta, president, Ved Gandotra; vice-president, Tej Ram Dogra and also Jagjit Singh, Paras Ram Poonchi, DD Jandyal, Rashpal Singh, Bhushan Khajuria, Kewel Krishan Vaid, Pawan Gondi, Krishan Singh.


Jammu Kashmir Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Association (JKAEDA)
Kulbushan Khajuria, president JKAEDA, and Devender Singh, joint secretary, Strawberry Growers Association of India,


 Chairman, J&K Human Rights Watch, B L Kapoor

Gen J J Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh be appointed as Governor of J&K as apart from his outstanding professional qualifications, he also happens to come from Marwah in Doda district

The present mass agitation in Jammu which has support of all sections of the people of Jammu is a volcanic outburst of pent up emotions for 60 years long perpetual discriminations in all the fields hurled on the people of Jammu region


Routes which includes Main Chowk Shastri Nagar (Starting point), Dudhadari Temple, Apsara Road, Gole Market, Green Belt Bikram Chowk to venue, Miran Sahib (Starting Point), Satwari, Vikram Chowk, Dogra Chowk to venue, Patta Borhi (Starting Point), Talab Tillo, Canal, Jewel Chowk to venue, Paloura Talab (Starting Point), Bakshi Nagar, B.C Road to Venue, Janipur Colony (Starting Point), New Plot, Ambphalla, Rehari Chungi, K.C Crossing, Indira Chowk to venue, D. C Office (Starting point), Residency Road, Vivekananda Chowk, J.P Crossing, Indira Chowk to venue, Panjtirthi (Starting Point), CPO Chowk, Ambphalla, Rehari, K.C Crossing, Indira Chowk to venue, Chhani Himmat, Main Market (Starting Point), Trikuta Nagar, Bahu Plaza, Panama Chowk, University, Bikram Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Indira Chowk to venue, Sidhra Colony (Starting Point), Radio Station, CPO Chowk, Ambphalla, Rehari, K.C Crossing, Indira Chowk to venue and Greater Kailash Sector 4 (Starting Point), Sainik Colony, Bhatindi, Narwal, Panama Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Bahu Bridge, Vivekanand Chowk, J.P Chowk, Indira Chowk


Former MLA Samba and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader, Yashpal Kundal 

Satish Poonchi, President, Jammu People’s Democratic Front

Jammu and Kashmir National Party, who are also supporting the agitation for land transfer, today entered its third day. Today, the activists led by Dr Randeep Singh Parihar, president

Hindu Shiv Sena chief organizer, Rajan Dutta, senior vice president, Rajiv Mahajan and city president, Pawan Choudhary 

The present mass agitation in Jammu which has support of all sections of the people of Jammu is a volcanic outburst of pent up emotions for 60 years long perpetual discriminations in all the fields hurled on the people of Jammu region

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sudhanshu Pandey 

Gen J J Singh, who is at present Governor of Arunachal Pradesh be appointed as Governor of J&K as apart from his outstanding professional qualifications, he also happens to come from Jammu and Kashmir with his family home being in Marwah in Doda district

Duggar Pradesh Party (DPP) has termed the proposed all party meet being convened by Prime Minister in New Delhi as a futile exercise.

In a joint press statement issued here today, leaders of Duggar Party Mohan Singh, Udhay Chand, Inder Paul Singh, Versha Suri, Kulveer and Ram Singh 

Government has appointed eight advocates as Public Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors for the newly created and existing Courts of District and Sessions Judges and Additional District and Sessions Judges.

Bharat Bhushan Sharma has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Kathua. Ravi Gupta has been appointed as Additional Public Prosecutor, Kathua. Mohammad Amin Bhat has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Bandipora. Sofi Ghulam Ahmad Gash has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Ganderbal. 

Mushtaq Ahmad Gatoo has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Shopian. Sukhdev Singh has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Samba. G M Shah has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Kupwara and Abdul Rashid Thakur has been appointed as Public Prosecutor, Pulwama.

Meanwhile, the Government has accorded sanction to the extension in the term of appointment of 25 Public Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors from June 1, 2008. 

They are Syed Maqbool Ahmad, Public Prosecutor Srinagar, Abdul Ahad Rather Additional Public Prosecutor Srinagar, Mirza Aftab Ahmad, 1st Additional Public Prosecutor Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, 2nd Additional Public Prosecutor Srinagar, Noor-ud-Din Wani, 3rd Addl. Public Prosecutor Srinagar, Tariq Ahmad Malik 4th Addl Public Prosecutor Srinagar, E A Tak Public Prosecutor Jammu, V K Sharma, Addl Public Prosecutor Jammu, Harpal Singh 1st Addl. Public Prosecutor Jammu, Ravinder Sharma, 2nd Addl Public Prosecutor Jammu, Gulzar Singh Charak 3rd Addl. Public Prosecutor Jammu, Som Raj Manhas, Addl. Public Prosecutor Doda, S A Khan, Public Prosecutor Anantnag, Karnail Singh, Public Prosecutor Baramulla, Tariq Ahmad Kakroo, Addl. Public Prosecutor Baramulla, Sanjay Dorjee, Public Prosecutor Leh, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Public Prosecutor Kargil, Noor Mohammad Dar Public Prosecutor Budgam, Fareed Hussain Beigh, Public Prosecutor Bhaderwah, Showkat Ahmad Manhas, Public Prosecutor Poonch, G R Khajuria, Public Prosecutor Udhampur, Mirza Mukhtar Ahmad, Public Prosecutor Rajouri, Abdul Hamid Yatoo, Public Prosecutor Ramban, M M Sharma, Public Prosecutor Reasi and R K Goswami, Public Prosecutor Kishtwar


Member Parliament from Udhampur-Doda-Kathua constituency Choudhary Lal Singh alongwith former MLA Basohli, Kanta Andotra

President Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ram Sahai says Jammu on discrimination-- Centre’s appeasement policy towards Kashmir which has been the cause of indiscrimination towards Jammu region

President Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ram Sahai,

The Chamber also expressed concern over the Centre’s appeasement policy towards Kashmir which has been the cause of indiscrimination towards Jammu region

Mr Sahai told reporters here today that the Chamber team apprised the delegation about the discriminatory policies of Union Government towards the industry saying the Central package which was announced for 10 years period has been withdrawn only after three and a half years.

Development Commissioner Power, R. K. Seli and Chief Engineer, Electric Maintenance and RE, Jammu, A. K. Koul the Jammu University Research Scholars Executive Association (JURSEA)J URSEA President, Vikas Sharma Vikas Nagar Mohalla Welfare Committee held a meeting under the chairmanship of Mangat Singh Raju

J&K Freedom Fighters’ Association 

BL Gupta, chairman, Ved Gandotra, president, TR Dogra, S Jagjit Singh, DD Jandyal, Rashpal Singh, Karan Singh, Pardesh Sher, Dr Amrit Puri, Th Pansedh Singh and Om Prakash Meenia

Bar Association Jammu, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of its president, B S Slathia
C M Sharma, Pawan Manni, Mandeep Dev Singh Jamwal, R K Kotwal, R K Gupta, Amrit Sareen, S K Shakula and Ajay Singh.

President Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ram Sahai,
The Chamber also expressed concern over the Centre’s appeasement policy towards Kashmir which has been the cause of indiscrimination towards Jammu region

Mr Sahai told reporters here today that the Chamber team apprised the delegation about the discriminatory policies of Union Government towards the industry saying the Central package which was announced for 10 years period has been withdrawn only after three and a half years.

SAYSS, Leela Karan Sharma, convenor, Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), Mohammed Afazal and president, J&K Nationalist Movement, S M Bashir here, he said Kashmir was, is and would remain an integral part of India and those who want to go to Muzaffarabad in Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) be provided vehicles to do so.

The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism- The conquest of Zoroasterianism by the ruthless hands of Jehad is also the practical result of pacifism

The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism- The conquest of Zoroasterianism by the ruthless hands of Jehad is also the practical result of pacifism


The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great’s army in what is now Afghanistan. 


Jihad destroyed all Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists were ruthlessly hacked to violent death. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. 

Zoroasterianism was eliminated from Persia. The conquest of Zoroasterianism by the ruthless hands of Jehad is also the practical result of pacifism.

BJP National President Rajnath Singh garlanding the statue of Jan Sangh founder Prem Nath Dogra on his birth anniversary in Jammu

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)
-President Yudhvir Sethi and
-General secretary

BJP National President Rajnath Singh garlanding the statue of Jan Sangh founder Prem Nath Dogra on his birth anniversary in Jammu on Tuesday

Member Parliament and senior Congress leader, Madan Lal Sharma 

MLC and Congress leader, R S Chib 

Praja Parishad Jammu Chander Mohan Sharma, president

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)

Sikh Jagrook Lehar (J&K), 

Dhanraj Bargotra, state president of Janata Dal (S), 

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) held a meeting today under the chairmanship of Lakshman Ravinder Singh 

Advocate SS Anand Lehar, president of Nami Dogra Sanstha,

Rajesh Bhat, Convenor of Progressive Youth Front,

Dr Randeep Singh Parihar, president, Jammu and Kashmir National Party (JKNP) 

J&K Bral Brahman Biradari 

J&K Minority Forum held an emergency meeting under the presidentship of Ravinder Kaul 

Greater Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha 

All J&K Saini Sabha 

All India Students Federation (AISF)Dr Vimal Manhas, state president

Inderjeet Khajuria, president, Jammu Hotels Lodges Association

Kuldeep Wahi, president, Jammu Prayatan Vikas Mandal; H S Anand, president, Hotel Bar and Restaurant Association; Mahesh Padha, president, Jammu Tourist Trade Employees Federation and others.

Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM)PKM president, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo 

Bahujan Samaj Party state vice president T D Langeh

Channi Himmat Residents Association (CHRA)
Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Kavinder Gupta 


















Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)
-President Yudhvir Sethi and
-General secretary

BJP National President Rajnath Singh garlanding the statue of Jan Sangh founder Prem Nath Dogra on his birth anniversary in Jammu on Tuesday

Member Parliament and senior Congress leader, Madan Lal Sharma 

MLC and Congress leader, R S Chib 

Praja Parishad Jammu Chander Mohan Sharma, president

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)

Sikh Jagrook Lehar (J&K), 

Dhanraj Bargotra, state president of Janata Dal (S), 

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) held a meeting today under the chairmanship of Lakshman Ravinder Singh 

Advocate SS Anand Lehar, president of Nami Dogra Sanstha,

Rajesh Bhat, Convenor of Progressive Youth Front,

Dr Randeep Singh Parihar, president, Jammu and Kashmir National Party (JKNP) 

J&K Bral Brahman Biradari 

J&K Minority Forum held an emergency meeting under the presidentship of Ravinder Kaul 

Greater Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha 

All J&K Saini Sabha 

All India Students Federation (AISF)Dr Vimal Manhas, state president

Inderjeet Khajuria, president, Jammu Hotels Lodges Association

Kuldeep Wahi, president, Jammu Prayatan Vikas Mandal; H S Anand, president, Hotel Bar and Restaurant Association; Mahesh Padha, president, Jammu Tourist Trade Employees Federation and others.

Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM)PKM president, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo 

Bahujan Samaj Party state vice president T D Langeh

Channi Himmat Residents Association (CHRA)
Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Kavinder Gupta 




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