MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 6th August, 2019

Good Morning,

 

Or should I say mourning for Kashmiris, shown their right place, what did they think as a state with a minority ruling, they had any aukat, any voice, any say, humiliated they shall be and they were? Move aside Modi, All hail Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal is a damn good actor to have kept is sanghiness hidden in his shirt pocket.


RUPEE SUFFERS BIGGEST SLUMP AGAINST DOLLAR IN 6 YEARS

 

Before I go ahead with a long diatribe on the repressive state, I would like to take a moment and tell you about the Rupee.

The rupee nosedived 113 paise or 1.62 per cent against the US dollar and breached the 70-mark on Monday. The fall in rupee’s value marked the biggest single-day drop in the last six years. Don’t worry, things can always drop more when you think they have dropped to its lowest.

 

 

CONSTITUTION CONNED

 

It is 6th August 2019 and yesterday a Dalit President trampled upon the constitution written by the greatest Dalit.

 

A decision to overturn the very basis of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir has been taken without consultation or negotiation, at a time when the state does not have a popularly elected government. The Presidential Order states that state government’s concurrence has been taken; it probably means the concurrence of the Governor, who is a nominee of the central government.

 

To put it simplistically, A decision was taken about the land of Kashmir without Kashmiris, the people to whom the land belongs.

 

The decision by the Centre to repeal Article 370 and re-organise Jammu & Kashmir with many State leaders under house arrest and through a pliant Governor goes against the grain of democracy and constitutionalism. Two things we may as well consider to be in a critical state worse than that of Unnao Rape Victim.

 

Don’t get me wrong, The status quo was a double whammy:

It did nothing to address the well-being of Kashmiris who have now endured two generations of military occupation and an ever-increasing gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the nation. So the movement was inevitable and in some ways necessary.

The Bill will come up in Lok Sabha today, and is expectedly to pass easily. In effect, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will now cease to exist; it will be replaced by two new Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. UTs have become states earlier; this is the first time that a state has been converted into a UT.

 

 

FIRST TIME A STATE HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO A UT

 

 

I have always maintained that India and the new breed of New Indians do not understand CONSENT

 

The fact that these measures had to be done under stealth, with a tight security noose and the informational blackout is a measure of the evil of the step taken. It’s not free allegiance.

It is repression, plain and simple, reminiscent of the Reichstag or Chinese constitutional ideology that sees federalism as an obstacle to a strong state and homogenous culture.

 

 

WHY LIE TO YOUR OWN PEOPLE?

 

Else, how would you explain the lie? Why lie to your own people and how can this be okay.

Why lie that Yatra was suspended due to a specific terror threat. Then why suspend internet? Why put politicians under house arrest? Why convert the state into one big oppressive open jail? One Twitter user asked.

 

Another tweeted: “They used an incorrect preposition. The threat wasn’t `in’ Kashmir. It is `to’.

 

ASYMMETRIC FEDERALISM      

As Pratap Bhanu Mehta in today’s Indian Express put it, How can we justify offering Nagaland asymmetric federalism but deny it to Kashmir? Its implication is that the government can unilaterally declare any existing state to be a Union Territory. This is a constitutional first. We are simply a union of Union Territories that happen to be a state at the discretion of the Centre.

Not a single one of us can take any constitutional protections for granted. Parliament is a notice board, not a debating forum.

Omar Abdullah has already mentioned that this will be challenged in court, but on what grounds?

 

The possible grounds of challenge could include the argument that the conversion of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory is in violation of Article 3, as the Bill was not referred by the President to the state Assembly. Also, can the Constituent Assembly mean Legislative Assembly? Are the Governor and the state government one and same?

 

 

 

KASHMIRISATION OF INDIA       

To quote Pratap Bhanu Mehta again,

What is playing out in Kashmir is the warped psyche of a great civilisation at its insecure worst. The BJP thinks it is going to Indianise Kashmir. But, instead, what we will see is potentially the Kashmirisation of India: The story of Indian democracy written in blood and betrayal. Perhaps the most astutue last words came from a twitter user who saisd, d: “People have become used to being lied to. We didn’t vote for information. We voted for stunts, good or bad!”.

 

One question that kept running in my head was what PBM said, How can we justify offering Nagaland asymmetric federalism but deny it to Kashmir?

 

 

What About Article 371A (Nagaland), 371F (Sikkim), 371G (Mizoram) & 371 (Himachal)?

 

Article 370, which limited purchase and inheritance of property to permanent residents, may be dead in J&K but its clones are very much alive and kicking in several Indian states

ARTICLE 371A This provision in the Constitution prohibits anyone who’s not a resident from buying land in Nagaland, which may only be bought by tribals who are residents of the state.

ARTICLE 371F Sikkim, which was the last state to be merged into the Indian union in 1975, also has several Constitutional privileges. Article 371F bestowed on the state government the right of ownership of all land in the state, even if it was owned by private individuals prior to the state’s merger with India. Moreover, Article 371F states that “neither the Supreme Court nor any other court shall have jurisdiction in respect of any dispute or other matter arising out of any treaty, agreement, engagement or other similar instrument relating to Sikkim”, albeit with a small caveat that allows the President to step in should there be such a need related to a constitutional law.

ARTICLE 371G Similar to Article 371A, it limits the ownership of land to Mizoram’s tribals. That apart, both Article 371A and Article 371G limit the Parliament’s authority to enact any law that interferes with tribal religious laws, customs, including their justice system.

ARTICLE 371 Though it’s ruled by the BJP, non-residents are still not allowed to buy agriculture land in Himachal Pradesh.

Can these states also now be made a part of India? And will that be done through lies, deceits or through debate and dialogue? Time will tell.

 

 

RAJASTHAN ASSEMBLY PASSES ANTI LYNCHING BILL, DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM BJP

 

 

But moving on to another bill, more crucial for the time we live in.

The Rajasthan assembly on Monday passed the landmark anti-lynching bill that provides for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 lakh to anyone convicted in a case of mob lynching.

The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill 2019 was passed by a voice vote amid protests by BJP, which wanted the legislation to be referred to a select committee for review. Much like BJP has been doing with its bills in Lok and Rajya Sabha.

The bill defines “mob” as a group of two or more individuals and lynching as “act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding or attempting an act of violence by a mob on grounds including religion, race, caste, sex”.

 

 

US DESIGNATES CHINA A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR

Where the US has labelled China a currency manipulator, in a move that brings already tense relations between the two countries to a boil. On Monday, the US treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, accused China of manipulating its currency “to gain an unfair competitive advantage in international trade”. The US will now ask the International Monetary Fund to “eliminate the unfair competitive advantage created by China’s latest actions”.

 

 

 

 

NORTH KOREA TOOK $2 BILLION IN CYBER ATTACKS TO FUND WEAPONS PROGRAMME

 

North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday.

 

 

BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT SAYS CRIMINALS WILL ‘DIE LIKE COCKROACHES’ UNDER PROPOSED NEW LAWS

 

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has said he hopes criminals will “die in the streets like cockroaches” as a result of hard-line legislation he is pushing to shield security forces and citizens who shoot alleged offenders from prosecution.

 

 


Well, that is all for today. Tomorrow is yet another day, give a thought to Kashmiris, we are better than the time we are living in. Until tomorrow, good bye from takeapart.in

 

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