No Plan to trifurcate J&K, says Mahajan
27 February 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The Centre announced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday that there was no proposal under its consideration for trifurcation of J&K. Union parliamentary affairs minister Pramod Mahajan said, “J&K is an integral part of India. Similarly, Ladakh and Jammu are an integral part of the state of J&K and there is no proposal under our consideration for the trifurcation of the state either on caste or religious lines as alleged by the member. The state will remain as one.” Mr Mahajan was replying to the apprehensions expressed by NC member Abdul Rashid Shaheen to this effect during the Zero Hour. Mr Shaheen, without taking names, had said earlier that a serious situation had arisen because “certain leaders of important organisations” were talking about trifurcation of the state. Warning that any such proposal will be dangerous for the country as a whole, Mr Shaheen said, “J&K has become one identity for the last 150 years. But certain important leaders from important organisations are now saying that trifurcation of the state along religious lines should be discussed for solving the problems there. I want to warn such leaders that trifurcation of the state will be bad for the unity of the country as a whole.” He said anyone who is justifying the trifurcation should also realise that this will have dangerous repercussions all over the country. Here it may be mentioned that the RSS has advocated trifurcation of the state into three: the Muslim Kashmir, Buddhist Ladakh and Hindu Jammu. Union home minister L.K. Advani clarified that the Centre had not declared a ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir but non-initiation of combat operations against militants. Replying to supplementaries he said it meant that if militants attacked they will certainly be countered but on their own the forces would not initiate operations.