Kashmir is very much in the news these days. BJP MLAs from Jammu & Kashmir came to New Delhi last week, met the Prime Minister and submitted to him a memorandum cautioning him against any dilution in the presence of security forces in that state.
They also urged him not to succumb to the acceptance of any separatist demand. For the BJP, the issue of Kashmir’s complete integration with India is one which the party has pursued relentlessly since its birth as Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerji, founder President of the Jana Sangh laid down his life for the cause of the State’s integration.
At the first National Conference of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh held in 1953 at Kanpur Dr. Mookerji gave the nation a resounding slogan with profound significance :
Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan, do nishan -nahin chalenge, nahin chalenge.(We cannot have two constitutions, two presidents, two flags, in a single country).
Dr. Mookerji’s martyrdom in Kashmir led to achievement of two of the three goals identified in this slogan.
The Two Presidents that existed till 1953 –