Devender Singh Rana (for Info only, not official)

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Devender Singh Rana

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    ...Jammu is at a crossroads of history. The land known for the heroic sagas scripted by Mian Dido, Raja Ranpat, Bawa Jitoo, Jambu Lochan and other valiant heroes, is struggling to retain its glorious ethos and identity. A place that had been a shining example of cultural assimilation and co-existence finds itself pushed to the wall: Its cultural identity and very existence is at peril now. Why does the state of Jammu and Kashmir in general, and Jammu in particular, feel compelled to fight for the rights bestowed by the Indian Constitution, 70 years after Independence? Why should Jammu worry about preserving its race, language, history, legends and tradition in the multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-racial canvas of India? What has gone wrong that the peaceful, compassionate and tolerant Dogras, ingrained with secular ethos, feel challenged by the overt and covert attempts to remove Article 35A of the Constitution? ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 1, 2017, midnight