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Independence Day 2019: J&K And Ladakh Artists' Soulful National Anthem Rendition Celebrates An Integrated Post-Article 370 India

Written By Richa Mukherjee | Mumbai | Published:

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  • August 15, 2019 marked the first Independence day since Kashmir's integration with India
  • To show solidarity towards this historic move, Eminent artists from Jammu and Kashmir have created their own rendition of the National Anthem

Ten days after the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, India stepped into its 73rd year of Independence. August 15, 2019, marked the first Independence Day for a fully integrated Jammu and Kashmir - with PM Modi describing the event's meaning by using with the words 'One Nation-One Constitution'.

To show solidarity towards this historic move led by Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, on India's 73rd Independence Day, eminent artists from Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh created their own rendition of the National Anthem.

READ: Independence Day 2019: PM Modi Hails Abrogation Of Article 370 & 35A, Celebrates 'One Nation-One Constitution'

The short music video of roughly one minute is shown to feature noted artists like Saurabh Zadoo, Sonali Dogra, Raj Pandit, Neerja Pandit and the others. Indian filmmaker and social activist, Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to express his feeling, stressing on the need to carry forward the vision of 'One India ' through art, culture and music. 

Article 370 and 35A struck down with 2/3rd majority

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi while giving his Independence Day speech also spoke about the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking about the benefits of the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, he said the twin articles strengthened corruption, terrorism, and dynasty rule. He added that now the state's citizens have received their rights, access to the Centre, as Indians all over have supported the move.

"For the last 70 years, this establishment (Article 370 and 35A) has strengthened separatism, given birth to terrorism, nurtured dynasty rule and has given stronger roots to corruption and discrimination. To give opportunity and rights to women, Dalit citizens, tribals whether they are Gujjar, Bakarwal, Gaddhi, Sippi, Balti, and others in Jammu Kashmir, this move was necessary. One would be surprised that a legal restriction was put on the sanitation workers (in J&K), crushing their dreams. Today, we have done the work of giving them their freedom," he said.

One Nation One Constitution

Taking pride in finally integrating India, he said that Indians can now say 'One Nation-One Constitution'.

"Our forefathers who wrote the Constitution during the time of Independence had to take a lot of tough decisions for the integration of India. But because of article 370 and 35A, there were a lot of hurdles. Today, as I address the nation from the Red Fort, every citizen can proudly say 'One nation One Constitution'," he added.

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