Ever since the Presidential Order has revoked the Article 370, a flood of opinion and responses have been pouring in the Parliament and outside. Unfortunately, history will remember that the grand old party of India, Congress, stood on the wrong side of the argument from the inception to the end journey of Article 370, and also on the whole issue concerning Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan and Congress on Same Page
The official response of Pakistan and Pakistani media coverage have termed the decision of Indian government as ‘dark day’, ‘forceful act’ etc. The words used by Congress party follows a similar tone. Congress termed the day the resolution adapted as ‘black day’. Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress said BJP has ‘murdered the Constitution’ with the move. Rahul Gandhi tweeted to term the decision ‘unilateral’, with grave implications for ‘national security’.
The striking similarities in the stance between Congress and Pakistan itself offers you an unfortunate account.
Newspapers of Pakistan:
Who wants to make Jammu and Kashmir an international issue? The answer surely is Pakistan. Recently also, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to internationalise the issue when he had met the President of USA.
It was Jawaharlal Nehru who took the issue of Jammu and Kashmir to United Nations when India could have dealt with the issue by itself. Now in Lok Sabha, discussing on abrogation of Article 370, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress asked ‘how can we still say Jammu and Kashmir is an internal issue’, which he tried to backtrack from, later after coming under heavy criticism.
The Whims of Leaders – From Nehru to Rahul
History tells us that the insertion of Article 370 happened on the insistence of Jawaharlal Nehru while many of the top leaders of that era were not willing to be party to that decision. Dr B R Ambedkar had clearly opposed the move and declined from being a part of bringing in Article 370. Then Nehru had to give the task of drafting Article 370 to his cabinet colleague Gopal Swamy Iyengar. When the proposal came before the Constituent Assembly, the representative of United Provinces of that time, Maulana Hasarat Mohani had asked ‘Why this discrimination’?
Even now, although some people within the Congress party were for the removal of this article, Rahul Gandhi and few leaders of the party just chose to stand on the wrong side of history. While the Chief whip of Congress in the Rajya Sabha resigned opposing the party stand, veteran leader of the party Janardan Dwivedi had this to say–
“My mentor Ram Manohar Lohia was against Article 370 from the start. My personal view is that this is a matter of national satisfaction. A mistake made during independence has been corrected, even if belatedly.”
So, it is almost evident that if it was Nehru’s whims led the discourse on Jammu and Kashmir then, now the stance of Congress on the same issue is forced upon all its members by today’s leaders belong to Nehru’s dynasty.
In fact, while expressing their views on the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir at different times, both the leaders belong to the dynasty have displayed an attitude on Jammu and Kashmir and India’s integrity which can be termed as non-serious. In history, Nehru made the threat of China’s aggression on our land by saying parts of Ladakh were not worthy for even growing grass, so one need not be worried. Now, Rahul Gandhi exhibits a non-serious approach towards India’s sovereignty and integrity by saying nation is not made by plots of land.
Political parties like BJD, TDP, BSP have stood with the government in removing the discriminatory provision, although they fought an electoral battle against BJP. But when the future generations read about this historic moment and evaluate how all it started in the first place; it may wonder what made the Indian National Congress opt for standing on the inglorious side of history every time.