Let’s start today by wishing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi a very good morning as he finally wakes up to the monumental news about Kashmir.
National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land.
This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury got there before him, and for good measure added the “Left Parties” opinion too.
The Modi government has dealt a severe blow to our constitutional order by unilaterally scrapping Article 370 and other provisions of the Constitution and dividing the state of Jammu & Kashmir. #LeftParties #Statement https://t.co/ULCWI5IMvW
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) August 5, 2019
Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav criticised the government’s move on Article 370 by using late prime minister and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s famous slogan. He then took comfort in satire.
Today's decision violates all the principles invoked by Vajpayee: insaniyat, jamhuriat, kashmiriyat.
This unconstitutional move plays into the hands of separatists and Pak sponsored terrorists, besides reneging on the idea of India and the promise to the people of Kashmir.
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) August 5, 2019
Cartoonists will save our democracy pic.twitter.com/31zsEH180l
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) August 6, 2019
Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray’s philosophical musings are worth reading.
Decades old Comedy of Errors are being rectified now. It was a thunderbolt today. Many more in the offing? Change is the wheel of our national life. We are mortals. But the nation is not. We must not sing Yesterday Once More. Let it be today and tomorrow.
— Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (@Sukhendusekhar) August 5, 2019
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Sonal Mansingh has her own rather unique — and selfish — reasons to celebrate the decisions on Kashmir.
Now I will be able to present my choreographies like Vande Mataram, Lalleshwari etc in Jammu & Kashmir without fear. Thank you @narendramodi ji & @AmitShah ji for opening J&K for artists of India.@rashtrapatibhvn @ShefVaidya @sambitswaraj @vivekagnihotri @BJP4India @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/u1fT0UCOga
— Sonal Mansingh (@sonal_mansingh) August 5, 2019
Read how president of Pakistan Muslim League and opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif is seriously agitated by Modi-Shah’s Kashmir move.
تستخدم #الهند القنابل العنقودية ضد المدنيين الأبرياء من #كشمير ذات الأغلبية المسلمة، يجب أن يكون ذلك مصدر قلق بالغ للمجتمع الدولي ويجب أن تلاحظ #الأمم_المتحدة الانتهاك الصارخ لحقوق الكشميريين الإنسانية.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 5, 2019
Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora has been somewhat ambiguous on his stance about Article 370. On Monday, he tweeted about encouraging the economic development of J&K – a BJP argument for its move – and today he retweets a scathing piece against it. Are you confused sir?
What’s unprincipled about debating what’s best for India’s sovereignty & federalism, peace in J&K, jobs for Kashmiri youth & justice for Kashmiri Pandits? https://t.co/Ysz7BwXnlL
— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) August 5, 2019
Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’ Brien reacted aggressively on government’s choice of words regarding its move on revoking special status in J&K.
The Final Solution.
The right wing is calling this The Final Solution! What does that mean? In 1942, this was the code name for the Nazi plan for genocide, to murder the Jews.
— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) August 5, 2019
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reminded everyone of the Kashmiri leaders in detention like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Good to see some strong Congress reactions.
#Rajasthan has become the first State in the country today to pass the bill to make #HonourKilling a cognizable, non bailable and non compoundable offence.
The purpose is to punish such acts of violence and criminal intimidation severely.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 5, 2019
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury a Pakistani representative sitting in the Parliament. Ouch.
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary demanding a clarification from BJP government as to how Kashmir is an internal matter of India ..saying Kashmir matter is pending in the UN …
It seems Pakistan send their representative to the Indian Parliament! #ShameOnCongress
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) August 6, 2019
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya equated PM Modi to Adi Shankara, Chatrapati Shivaji & Swami Vivekananda. Read on to find out what else….
NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI will be remembered by Indians for centuries with the same gratitude and reverence as Adi Shankara, Chatrapati Shivaji & Swami Vivekananda!
A Yuga Pravartak in every sense of the word!
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) August 5, 2019
And, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain said the Modi government was making India into another Palestine by scrapping of Article 370.
Modi Govt is trying to make Kashmir another Palestine by changing the population demography and bringing settlers into Kashmir, Parliamentarians must stop fighting on trivial issues lets respond India by blood, tears, toil and sweat, we must be ready to fight if war is imposed
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 6, 2019
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe found a confusing silver lining in India’s move to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into Ladakh and Kashmir
I understand Ladakh will finally become a Union Territory. With over 70% Buddhist it will be the first Indian state with a Buddhist majority. The creation of Ladakh and the consequential restructuring are India's internal matters. I have visited Ladakh and it is worth a visit.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) August 6, 2019
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