New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir governor
Jagmohan on Friday said that those making statements regarding the state`s accession to India and doubting the nature of its
merger with the Union were misleading the people and should be
"Those people making public statements that accession of
J and K to India cannot be compared to other states` and that
it was not mergers... are misleading the people. They should
be exposed", he said at a seminar here titled `voice of
Though he did not take any names, Jagmohan`s view was in
apparent reference to the statement made by J&K Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah in the state assembly about a fortnight ago.
Abdullah, while referring to points raised by opposition
members during a debate on law and order situation in the
Valley, had said Jammu and Kashmir`s accession to India cannot
be compared to Hyderabad and Junagarh as the latter had merged
with the Union, which was not the case with the trouble-torn
Jagmohan was among numerous speakers including those
representing Muslims, Gujjars, Bakrawals, Pahadi`s, Rajputs
Kashmiri Pandits from J&K.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Zeeshan of the Pahadi
Manch said only a fraction of people were with the separatists
and the rest always considered India as their motherland.
"The sad part is that patriots like us, our voice is not
heard. But separatists and all those who are openly anti-India
get all the attention and they manage to get their point
across and have agitations that stand out", he said.
Gulam Mohammed Kalam, a local leader from Poonch said
initially militant groups from across the border took
advantage of jobless youth and lured them into terrorism and
now the separatists have adapted the same strategy.
A resolution was passed by the delegates at the seminar
which said that the entire state of J&K has been, is and will
remain an integral part of India and any attempts at
separation and secession will be resisted by all necessary
"The accession of J&K with India on October 26, 1947 is
final, unconditional and irrevocable. We, the people of Jammu
and Kashmir have the will and capacity to firmly counter all
designs against its unity and territorial integrity", the
Another speaker Khalida, a social activist, said it was
imperative that the return of displaced families be
facilitated and their interests in education, employment,
business and social needs be taken care of by the government.