Terming the decision of Jammu and Kashmir administration to declare that there will be no holiday on Martyrs’ Day on July 13, as an attempt to distort the history, CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday said the struggle of July 13, 1931 martyrs was against the tyrannical regime.
In a statement he said, “The struggle of 1931 martyrs was for the better future of the whole of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. It was a freedom struggle for the whole of population, irrespective of caste, color, creed and religion. The movement of July 13 martyrs was peoples movement which reflected the aspirations of entire population of J&K as the tyrannical regime was equally repressive for people of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. It was not the struggle of one community or one region. Today’s attempt has virtually been taken to further divide the ranks of people.”
“By such decisions, J&K administration has insulted people of Jammu and Kashmir. The administration which is already alienated from people is further increasing its alienation. The BJP government at the Center is trying to divide the people of Jammu and Kashmir further by such divisive agenda which we are sure people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will not allow them to fulfill. Already they have done enough damage to the secular fabric of the country by the decisions like Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA),” Tarigami added.
He also questioned the decision of the administration to abolish December 5 holiday which is National Conference founder late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s birthday. “Sheikh sahib’s was a towering personality and his historic contribution in the freedom struggle and empowerment of people of J&K can’t be ignored. Whatever empowerment of people you see today came through decision like Land-to-Tiller and Education for all which are the outcome of that movement,” the CPI (M) leader said.
“To downgrade a leader like Sheikh sahib is virtually playing a prank with the history. I am sure people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will unitedly resist such divisive policies of the BJP. In the past also they have always defeated those forces who wanted to divide them in the name of region and religion,” he vowed. (KNS)