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Should BJP hoist national flag at the historic Lal chowk?
Neetu Banga | 24 Jan 2011

Coming to hoisting of the tricolour, one question looms at large, that is, why BJP has decided to hoist flag in Jammu and Kashmir in spite of it is integral part of India. Is this national party afraid to hoist flag in moist effected regions?

AS POLITICAL parties continue to spar over the hoisting of the tricolour at the historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister has raised serious objections claiming that the move would vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state. He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using the national flag for political gains.

Another separatist leader Yasin Malik challenged BJP by stating that he would see how BJP does the hoisting. A team of Interlocutors is also pressuring BJP to reconsider its Ekta Yatra Programme.

Coming to hoisting of the tricolour, one question looms at large, that is, why BJP has decided to hoist flag in Jammu and Kashmir in spite of it is integral part of India. Is this national party afraid to hoist flag in moist effected regions? On other side, this is lawful issue, no one can argue on right of Indians to hoist flag in their own country. Srinagar's Lal Chowk is no different and any Indian can hoist Indian flag anywhere in the country.

What is that BJP wants to prove? Whom they are trying to send message - to people of India or Kashmir separatist, Pakistan, or ruling central and state governments? It is pity in our country that our leading political parties waste their time in these programs instead of concentrating on country growth. It is strange that if political parties do not like to reach consensus on simple issues as to the national flag being hoisted, how they can solve bigger problems of national security.

It is time to stop playing political will with sentiments of people. If BJP is seriously interested in participating constructively, it should work towards being more of listener about what Kashmiri concerns so that India can bring Kashmir and it people on road map of Indian history. Let is what India stands for constitutionally and that is what India must stand for spirit and unity.