New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Shehla Rashid on Wednesday announced she was quitting "mainstream politics" in Jammu and Kashmir, citing the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370 as the reason.
Meanwhile, as per sources, Kashmir's bureaucrat-turned-independent politician, Shah Faesal, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, has also hinted at leaving the electoral politics.
Rashid, former Vice President of the JNU Students' Union, said that her announcement was prompted by the government's move to hold Block Development Councils (BDC) elections later this month in Jammu and Kashmir, where communication restrictions are in place.
Calling the BDC polls a "sham electoral exercise" being carried out by the Centre "in order to convince the world that it is still a democracy", she claimed that the "Indian government continues to abduct children in Kashmir, and even as people are deprived of the means to call an ambulance and other emergency services".
Noting that she joined politics as she believed it was "possible to deliver both justice as well as good governance, and also work for the resolution of the Kashmir issue as per the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir", Rashid said: "All this would have been possible if the government respected the rule of law."
However, "the Centre's recent actions have shown that, when it comes to J&K, it doesn't even respect its own laws, forget international law.
"The Centre also gets away with it because the institutions play along," she alleged.
Saying that she "cannot be party to the exercise of legitimizing the brutal suppression of my people", Rashid said: "I would, therefore, like to make clear my dissociation with the electoral mainstream in Kashmir.
"I will continue to be an activist and raise my voice against injustice on all fronts that do not require a compromise, and I'll continue to put my energies behind the Supreme Court petition seeking the restoration of special status of the state, and the reversal of bifurcation of the state."
Rashid was in September booked by Delhi Police's Special Cell for sedition over her comments about alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The FIR against her was registered under charges of sedition, promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, wantonly giving provocation with intention to cause riot, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, and spreading rumours of the Indian Penal Code.
In a series of tweets, Rashid had claimed that the Indian Army was indiscriminately picking up men, raiding houses and torturing people in Jammu and Kashmir, and that human rights abuses were being carried out in Kashmir to serve the agenda of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The allegations had drawn sharp reactions. Rashid, however, had said she was ready to give the evidence when the Indian Army constitutes an inquiry.
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) The US dollar was up in late trading on Tuesday due to rising risk aversion in the market.
The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased sharply in February, falling 18.0 points to a new reading of 8.7 points, according to latest release by Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on Tuesday, the Xinhua news agency reported,
On Tuesday morning, the exchange rate of Euro against US dollar once fell to 1.0786, the lowest level since April 21, 2017.
"The Euro is again under selling pressure this morning as it touched a three-year low against the U.S. dollar. The most recent dip lower for the Euro was caused by data out of Germany that showed investor confidence came out weaker than expected," said U.S. foreign exchange payment platform Tempus on Tuesday.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, was up 0.26 per cent at 99.4436 in late trading.
In late New York trading, the euro was down to $1.0792 from $1.0833 in the previous session, and the British pound was down to $1.2999 from $1.3000 in the previous session. The Australian dollar fell to 0.6685 dollar from 0.6715 dollar.
The dollar bought 109.87 Japanese yen, lower than 109.93 Japanese yen of the previous session. The dollar was up to 0.9828 Swiss franc from 0.9809 Swiss franc, and it was up to 1.3252 Canadian dollars from 1.3234 Canadian dollars.