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Strange, shocking and ridiculous things are happening in Uttarakhand these days.

I have recieved a press clipping of a news published in Rashtriya Sahara,Uttarakhand edition with a Pauri date line,in my FBmessenger box send by one of my wellwishers’, regarding the identification of the authentic Uttarakhand movement activists who had contributed dedicatedly and relentlessly during the separate UK movement by way of their participation in the long phase of struggle, thus being an important person enabling his or her pivotal role in getting separate statehood.

The govt of UK had been doing this at the decentralized level to identify such genuine people who were arrested, or the important part of the movement so that they can be issued an official identity card declaring them as UTTARAKHAND ANDOLANKARI, who could further be officially liable for certain benefits or privileges.

In one of the instances as per the news clipping, one of the official member of Uttarakhand ANDOLAKARI PARISHAD namely Mrs Beera Bhandari of Pauri has officially identified and recommended her own son who wasn’ t even born during the movement phase 1994. Not only this but those who were addmitted in Pauri hospital during the movement days undergoing treatment for simple ailments like fewel and loose motions were also recomended for the official andolankari status showing them to have been injred fr injuries while participating in the demonstrations pertaining to the separate hill state. Sounds shocking.

There are few other examples of such manipulations putting the government in the dark and misusing the official position. On can easily come to the conclusion that if this is the doubtful status n modus operandie of this Uttarakhand movement identification exercise in one district what is the guarantee that things would be moving in right direction elsewhere.

Actually after the formation of separate Uttarakhand state in 2000, the new government had established a full fledged UTTARAKHAND RAJYA AANDOLANKARI PARISHAD, having the full fledged vice chairman of state cabinet rank. Its primary job was to identify AANDOLANKARIES from all over the state under certain criterias so that they are officially declared the Uttarakhand movement activists and sanctioned a pension or a job depending upon their eligibility.

But the way things are moving the real and genuine andolankaries have expressed there reservation and apprehensions over the selection process accusing the powers that be of alleged nepotism and favoritism.


Today is the 22nd martyrdom anniversary of Uttarakhand movement activists of Khatima in Kumaon division Uttarakhand who’d laid down their precious lives while struggling for the separate hill state on 1st September 1994. These separate Uttarakhand movement activists were martyred in Khatima when the then police under the chief ministership of Mulayam Singh Yadav,( then it was an undivided Uttarakhand in UP) fired on them without any provocation. These martyrs were leading the demonstration to demand the separate statehood. Those martyred in Khatima about twenty-four years ago while relentlessly fighting for the separate Uttarakhand cause were Bichuva resident Bhagwan Singh, Jhankat resident Pratap Singh, Salim hailing from Islam Nagar, Dharmanand Bhatt from Umrukala, a resident of Ratanpur Gop Chandra, Rajiv Nagar resident Paramjeet Singh and Rampal Singh of Nawab Ganj.
Similarly, on 2nd October 1994, several men n women activists while coming to Delhi to participate in the historic Uttarakhand rally of Red Fort were mercilessly killed n several women sexually assaulted and raped at Rampir Triraha, Muzaffarnagar to the utter dismay n shock of one and all. Similarly in Mussouri too our six Andolan Karie’s were martyred in unprovoked police firing during the nineties namely Ansa Dhanai, Balbeer Singh, Madan Singh Mamgain, Dhanpat Singh, Belmati Chauhan and Rai Singh Bangari. ,Today Uttarakhand has travelled a journey of seventeen long years after achieving separate statehood due to the sacrifices of innocent Uttarakhandies in Khatima n Mujaffarnagar Rampur trisection in 1994 but unfortunately, despite the change of  8 chief ministers of Congress n BJP the perpetrators of violence n murder suspects have not been tried under law nor arrested n neither penalised.
Those who sacrificed their innocent lives in their relentless struggle of separate Uttarakhand state have not been compensated by way of jobs or adequate financial considerations nor have the majority of the Andolan Karie’s identified to date. This is shocking n ridiculous and speaks of the complacency of the authorities concerned. The leaders of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, a regional political outfit active in separate Uttrakhand movement n leaders of various political parties and socio cultural organisation paid their heartfelt tributes to the martyrs in Khatima n Dehradun today by garlanding their portraits n pledging to imitate their ideas n principles.
 Uttarakhand Journalists Forum expresses its sincere heartfelt tributes to all the martyrs on their 22nd martyrdom and urges upon the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to compensate the families of these martyrs adequately and start the process of identification of the movement leaders and volunteers in order to bring them under the government’s prescribed policy of necessary compensation of pension and jobs  etc.