Notes on 370

Notes on 370

Both Sangh Parivar's publications have taken Narendra Modi's call for a debate on Article 370 further by carrying cover stories on the issue. "This temporary provision of the Constitution has become a shield for separatists and religious fundamentalists solely because it has been used to protect the vested interests of power and position at the expense of national interests," says a Panchjanya editorial.

Several articles in both weeklies assert how Article 370 has created distance between the state and the nation, hampers development, and deprives women and other vulnerable sections of society of the benefits due to them. The Organiser claims that Article 370 is not good for "better-halves". It also asserts how the Jammu and Ladakh regions are "victims of the biased system" and how "Kashmiri pandits [are] still waiting for justice" in a system where "terrorists [are] compensated but not the terror victims". In this context, an editorial in the Organiser has sought to draw attention to the human rights violations of certain sections of people.

"[The] human rights discourse is monopolised by the so-called Leftist/ and secularist brigade in India. They want to be humanists without being nationalists. In many cases, human rights in India are subject to the vote-bank dynamics or funding of the external rights agencies," says an editorial in the Organiser. It also draws attention to alleged human rights violations of west Pakistani and Kashmiri Pandit refugees living in Jammu, minority Buddhists and Hindus living in different regions of J&K, the people in PoK, and Bangladeshi Hindus.

Appeasement as usual

Both Sangh Parivar weeklies have criticised the proposed Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, against which Narendra Modi has led the opposition.

An article in the Organiser describes the move to take the bill further as an attempt by the Congress "to vitiate the political environment", in order to distract attention from other issues such as inflation, corruption, security, and overall policy paralysis. The article also asserts that the "timing, intent and content" of the bill was suspicious.

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