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J&K Govt Drops Image Of First Elected CM Sheikh Abdullah From Police Medals, Sparks Controversy

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New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for gallantry and meritorious companies will now not carry the embodied picture of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who performed a key function in Kashmir’s ‘entry’ into India after the nation’s partition. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has not solely determined to switch the portrait of former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah with the nationwide emblem but in addition renamed the ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ medal named after Sheikh Abdullah because the Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal. 

This transfer of the administration has been sharply criticised by different regional events together with the Nationwide Convention based by Sheikh Abdullah. Events which have criticized the choice embody the Nationwide Convention’s long-time rival Individuals’s Democratic Get together (PDP).

Considerably, in 1947, Sheikh Abdullah rejected the two-nation idea and ensured that this Muslim-majority area turned a part of India. The order to vary the image of Sheikh Abdullah has been issued by the Residence Division of Jammu and Kashmir.

“It’s hereby ordered that in modification to the Para 4 of the Jammu & Kashmir Police Medal Scheme, the Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah embossed on one facet of the medal shall get replaced with the Nationwide Emblem of Authorities of India and the opposite facet inscribed with the J&Ok State Emblem shall be inscribed as Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry’ and Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for Meritorious Service’ in case of Gallantry/Meritorious Medal, because the case could also be,” Monetary Commissioner and Further Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Goyal mentioned within the newest order.

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Nationwide Convention spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar known as it an “erasing of the historical past”.

“With due respect to Nationwide Emblem, these makes an attempt to erase our historical past, id and icon present nefariousness of these working the present. Individuals of J&Ok have struggled on many fronts to be the place they’re now. They fought oppression, autocracy. Nobody can change that. Not by changing or altering names. Sheikh Abdullah will proceed to rule the hearts of individuals of J&Ok, it doesn’t matter what they or their masters do,” the NC chief mentioned.

Considerably, Sheikh Abdullah has been the chief of Kashmir’s entry into the Indian Union. Other than this, he’s additionally credited with thwarting the assault of Pakistani invaders who tried to annex Kashmir in October 1947 with the assistance of his volunteers. 

Sheikh stood firmly towards the Pakistani attackers even when Maharaja Harisingh fled from Kashmir after the attackers’ assault. Sheikh Abdullah strongly opposed the two-nation idea of dividing India on the premise of faith of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and determined to change into part of the secular state. Political events in Jammu and Kashmir imagine that eradicating Sheikh Abdullah’s image and renaming the Police Medal can’t “delete” his contribution. 

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