The Sacrifice Supreme
Prof. Chaman Lal Sapru
was ‘Shyama’ (Divine Mother’s) ‘Prasad’ born). So he remembered
three times the Mother, before he left this mortal frame. First he remembered
the mother who gave him birth and next he remembered the Mother India (Bharat
Mata) for whose sake he sacrificed his life and lastly he remembered the Divine
Mother Shyama, who embraced him and took him to his heavenly abode.
I was a college student at the time Dr. S.P. Mookerjee died in
mysterious circumstances in Srinagar. When the news of his death was broadcasted
on the radio, hundreds of Kashmiri youth, mainly RSS, workers, assembled in
Srinagar and protested against the mysterious death of the great patriot leader
of the country. It was by chance I happened to meet one Kashmiri Pandit
constable on night duty outside the room of Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Govt.
Hospital, Srinagar, where Dr. Mookerjee was brought from the special jail (a
bungalow near famous Nishat garden, converted into a sub jail). The constable
told me that Dr. Sahib was quite hale and hearty but seemed to be tired and in
early hours of the fatefully-day he felt uneasy and called me, I helped him in
taking water and during the restless moments he uttered only thrice MA, MA, MA
(Mother, Mother, Mother) and later fell down and became unconscious. We
attendants rushed to the nearby emergency room and informed medical attendants
about the condition of Dr. Sahib who after examining him whispered among
themselves. We could understand that Dr. Sahib was dead. Here I may add that
a Hindu nurse attending Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee mentioned later that
a wrong injection was given to him which proved fatal.
Dr. Mookerjee was a staunch believer in a united and powerful
India. He was shocked to see his motherland divided on two-nation theory and how
could he allow the designs of the Imperialists to see Kashmir, the crown of our
ancient lands being snatched away through the agents of Imperialists. I had the
privilege of hearing the arguments of his counsel. Barrister U.M. Trivedi, in
the J&K High Court presided over by Justice Jia Lal Kilam, The crux of the
argument of Shri U.M. Trivedi was that the Constitution of India defines the
legal territory of the country and J&K State is an integral part of India. Any
citizen of the country can move freely from any corner of India to any part of
this ancient country. So why restrictions to the entry to the State and why a
I heard prominent lawyers commenting during the two days
argument on the detention of Dr. S.P. Mookerjee under habeas-corpus that Doctor
Sahib will be free and Hon’ble court will issue the order for his unconditional
release. But nature had something else in store and Dr. Mookerjee was to be
released by the Almighty from his physical bonds next day.
Dr. Mookerjee’s bungalow, turned into a small jail on the banks
of Dal Lake, commanded an awe-inspiring look. In front of the Bungalow across
the Dal Lake were visible two famous shrines named Sharika Chakreshwari on the
Hari Parbat and oldest Shiva Temple on the famous Shankaracharya hill.
Dr. Sahib would gaze for hours of these two ancient Siddha
Peethas of Srinagar and pray to Lord Shiva and Divine Mother. He prayed for a
strong and united India.
His dete-ntion at Srinagar provided invisible strength and
inspiration to us who were fighting for treatment at par of our state of Jammu
and Kashmir as an integral part of the country with rest of the states.
The history will record in golden letters the supreme sacrifice
made by him for the country on the Kashmir issue after Guru Teg Bahadur Maharaj
who laid his precious life to save the Kashmiri Pandits from being tortured by
tyrant Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
After Dr. Mookerjee’s martyrdom the agitation to have Ek Pradhan,
Ek Vidhan and Ek Nishan gained momentum in the State, particularly in the Jammu
region, under the able leadership of Pandit Prem Nath Dogra and in our Valley we
too protested time and again under the dynamic leadership of Pandit Makhan Lal
Aima “Harkara” and made the presence of nationalists forces felt in the
Valley too. We, the hard core of youngmen, alongwith Shri Aima were arrested.
But the fire kindled by the martyrdom of Dr. Mookerjee could not be suppressed
by undemocratic State Government. Finally Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was exposed
and leaders like Rafi Ahmad Kidwal and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who were
humiliated by Sheikh, compelled Prime Minister Nehru to put Sheikh behind the
bars. But the Central Government did not take adequate measures to curb the
anti-nationalist and separatists activities in the Valley. Jamiat-i-Islami
started a planned programme of educating the young ones by starting
pro-Pakistani private schools and after two decades the educated youth of the
Jamiat-run schools received armed training across the border. The think tank of
Iran and the Gulf as well as Saudi money poured in which strengthened the
militancy and the Central Government offices in J&K as well as Kashmiri speaking
(patriotic) Hindus became the soft targets and millions of them are today
refugees in their own land.
It is high time to order an inquiry into the circumstances which
led to the mysterious death of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and make public the
finding of Kohli Commission and other inquiry commissions appointed to go into
the grievances of the minority (Hindu) community of J&K State, which is at
present the worst suffer even after 62 years of Independence.
The Kashmiri Hindus in particular worship Dr. Mookerjee and Guru Teg Bahadur
more so in this hour of turmoil.