India – Jammu & Kashmir Article 370 and Clause 35A Revocation

August 5, 2019

India – Jammu & Kashmir Article 370 and Clause 35A


Padmini Arhant

Attention: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on the revocation of Article 370 and Clause 35A in Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh.

Article 370 and Clause 35A concerning the northern state Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh for many reasons prominently the special status and privileges to J&K was the bone of contention. Though there are other states in Indian Union Federation enjoying synonymous position.

Above all, more than any states and union territories the Corporate families specifically Adani and Ambanis from Gujarat have been bestowed with unlimited privileges and exclusive status allowing them massive land acquisitions by force from farmers, Adivasis or natives i.e. tribal lands, general population owned private acres across India of Adani and Ambanis choice.

As if these are not enough, PM Narendra Modi with your allegiance to your corporate financiers among others Adani and Ambanis being your close associates are granted unfettered access to national assets such as airports, railways, telecom industry, mining, defense contracts and public companies in petroleum and oil and natural gas industry.

The hostile take over of India’s prized endowments by your campaign donors Adani and Ambanis are the biggest problems more than J&K’s Article 370 and Clause 35A.

PM Narendra Modi – How about your government and political majority in Parliament banning Corporate favoritism and immediate legislation on anti-trust law prohibiting corporations monopoly in the economy and elections remaining the existential threat endangering India’s 1.3 billion population lives, livelihood and importantly the youths’ present and future?

The Corporate run government previously UPA and your tenure have transformed democratic system into oligarchy enterprise.

PM Narendra Modi – your contradictions on issues deserve national focus.

In particular, Nagaland where your government under your leadership has granted Nagaland separatists government more than desired for in their wish list –  besides complete autonomy, a unique identity not barring own currency, passport (not Indian but Nagaland passport) Nagaland flag and Nagaland representation as an autonomous independent state in the United Nations while enjoying Indian taxpayers from the rest of India including the much targeted J&K Ladakh taxpayers funded defense force and foreign affairs as well as communication service.

Essentially, PM Narendra Modi your actions against J&K Ladakh contrasting Nagaland amplifies your political agenda to isolate problems with controversial and counterproductive solutions countering one and favoring the other – the Step father (सौतेला व्यवहार) treatment in many respects are neither politically astute nor viable for India’s unity and sovereignty.

However, the gender inequality in property inheritance and women’s economic status in J&K in addition to basic education to kids could have been addressed in a separate context as these are necessary for state and societal progress.

Again here, PM Narendra Modi – your empathy to J&K women akin to that extended to India’s muslim women in Triple Talaq was not even remotely expressed in Unnao rape victim’s case who is also a young woman – Indian citizen, Hindu by religion given  your political party i.e Hindutva RSS backed faction claiming India as a Hindu State to protect Hindus rights and interests.

Your silence in Unnao rape involving your political party BJP member and several mob lynching incidents in comparison to your government’s expeditious legislations on Triple Talaq, J&K Article 370 and 35A confirm your selective care for citizens evidently categorized as vote banks and political opportunism.

Furthermore, your gross negligence of Indians plight en masse on women’s safety and security, youth joblessness, farmers distress, corporate violations (Adani, Ambanis…and others) draining Indian economy with your cooperation and dedicated service to them is the nuclear effect on contemporary India.

Your government denying Nagaland demands disproportionate to J&K’s Article 370 and Clause 35A would have exemplified your administration’s commitment to strengthen India’s union federation and territorial integrity similar to that implemented against Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh.

The paradoxical decisions and actions in just these two states J&K and Nagaland let alone other states sharing parallel status raise legitimate questions on tenor and credibility of legislations reflecting bipolar determinations typically designed to suit corporate and upper echelons aspirations in acquiring real estate in J&K and gerrymandering i.e. reconfiguration of political landscape and ironically obliging Nagaland separatism from India.

PM Narendra Modi – the abrogation of Article 370 and Clause 35A in J&K, the strategy  adapted against Corporatism and other states in India with entitlements would demonstrate your leadership and government’s genuine goals for India as One Nation exempting none above law and legislations on all matter preserving hard fought democracy and underlying principles enshrined in constitution.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author& Presenter

India – Democracy Under Siege

February 4, 2019

India – Democracy Under Siege

Padmini Arhant

India referred to as the world’s largest democracy is a myth with political system regardless of political parties coming to power have systematically exploited ordinary citizens in different segments using caste, religion and social economic background to assume and resume authority. In the course, they have depleted national treasury, scuttled social fabric that is representative of India as secular, plural and tolerant society. They continue to undermine basic rights with extreme measures using brute force to curb peaceful protests on anti-corruption, environment pollution, human rights violations against Indian citizens categorized as Dalits or backward caste, scheduled caste and tribes, Muslims and other marginalized demography in different states of the country.

The latest political fiasco involving CBI and West Bengal’s Kolkata police chief on chit fund scheme called Saradha scam leading to West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dharna i.e. protest evolving into Mamata vs. Modi drama is election stunt on either side to demonstrate each other’s vows to constitution and anti-corruption respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lot of explaining to do to the nation on various issues beginning with demonetization debacle that claimed many ordinary lives, farmers distress that exacerbated agrarian crisis resulting in more farmers suicide than earlier, the controversial Rafale deal favoring PM Narendra Modi’s key campaign donor Anil Ambani and his failed business, crackdown on different institutions from RBI, CBI to SCI  i.e. the Supreme Court of India hamstrung on issues such as Rafale and earlier vindication on widely known Godhra violence to name a few.

Those in power in New Delhi abusing CBI to protect their own members, political donors and business partners are routine regardless of whoever is in control in New Delhi. Similarly, them using CBI to settle political scores in the name of corruption investigation is also the tradition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expulsion of former CBI director Alok Verma to shield PM Modi’s critical ally and business interests that were on CBI radar cannot be ruled out in desperate actions from the incumbent administration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hardline policy and intolerance were demonstrated during undemocratic arrests of environmentalists and human rights activists on false allegations denying them due process while defending and ensuring acquittal of RSS / BJP members actually behind and implicated in Bhima Koregaon violence in Pune besides mob lynching under the guise of Gai Raksha or cow protection wreaks communal divide and unnecessary tension in society.

Despite explosive tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his close coordinator and confidante Amit Shah in the past five years, PM Narendra Modi persona portrayed to the contrary to mislead and misguide electorate is an insult to human intelligence.

Democracy may be subjugated but cannot be permanently suppressed as the strategy inevitably implodes within political faction. The reaction is evident in the present political environment and severely damaged system with those responsible for law and order as lawmakers exemplifying lawlessness in the worst form and demeanor endanger democracy and sanctity of the constitution.

All the more reason to introduce a capable and reliable national political party to address myriad complexities that persists in India. The details in that regard to be presented in due course. The step by step instructions for disenchanted and violated Indian electorate willing to come forward pledging support with active participation to challenge status quo will be provided to lead the nation towards sensible and viable direction.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter