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A lesson learnt from Alam’s released

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The political conundrum over the ruckus in parliament to the released of alleged Kashmiri separatist has unveiled series of question regarding the jurisdiction of Indian legislative and judiciary. The Indian judiciary which is bound by the constitution of the country has absolute power and it has been clearly mention that legislatures have no jurisdiction over it.
Masarat Alam’s released was purely done based on the due process of laws. He was detained under draconian act the People Safety Act (PSA) and was released as no charged could be framed against him. The Public Safety Act allows authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to detain people in order to “prevent” them from acting in a manner that could affect public order. The law allows authorities to detain someone for 12 months without trial that can be extended to 2 years based on their behaviour and the potential threat to public order that they pose.
Surprisingly the ruckus in the parliament yesterday was not about the legitimacy of this draconian Act which detained a person for years for no crime he had committed, but it was about blame game among political parties. The motives of the parliamentarians on the opposition benches was not about treatment of Jammu and Kashmir brothers and sisters as the legitimate citizen of the country but it was rather about the failure to suppress the people of the state.
Another thing that matters is – whether a section of media are permitted to call a citizen ‘Traitor’. News Channel Times Now had termed Masarat Alam as a traitor. How could such a responsible news channel term a citizen who has not been convicted by the court of the land as traitors? Masarat Alam may have been hated by many Indians but is a hero for many Kashmiri brothers. Media should not exercise their power to mislead people through their agenda theory.
The conjunction to the episode rising over the released of Masarat Alam and the people living in the North Eastern states of India, particularly in Manipur is that, people here too is blessed with the same fate.  Pro- separatist Masarat Alam has rightly pointed out that change of political parties has nothing to do with the aspiration of the people. None of the political parties which had made countless promises for repeal of draconian act Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act during election campaign has ever fulfilled it after coming to powers. With the kind of suppressive legislations Indian is treating its people into two class of citizenship – one , a first class citizen and two, a second class citizen. Those in the power need to rethink it.

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