28 November, 2020

Opinion | Abolition Of Article 370 In Jammu & Kashmir Reeks Of RSS's Hindutva Doctrine. Why This Brutal Step?

The Centre is prepared and willing to take on any living Kashmiri that challenges its decision to knock J&K off its perch, writes Prem Shankar Jha

Opinion | Abolition Of Article 370 In Jammu & Kashmir Reeks Of RSS's Hindutva Doctrine. Why This Brutal Step?
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2019-08-09T13:20:40+05:30

Prime Minister Modi is a man in a hurry. He is in a hurry to demolish the Indian state that 15 governments before his had built with painstaking care. Among nation-­states, it was unique for its tolerance and easy accommodation of div­e­rsity and the freedom it gave its diverse people to seek their futures within its boundaries.

The keystone of this arch of tolerance was Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 gave legal recognition to the Instrument of Accession. This ceded sovereignty to the Ind­ian state over Kashmir only in the four subjects mentioned—defence, foreign affairs, communication and currency. Further integration with the Ind­ian state could be proposed by New Delhi, but had to be accepted by the state legislature, which had the right to declare itself a constituent asse­mbly whenever the need arose.

Over the next four decades this integration proceeded smoothly. The Delhi agreement of 1952, signed with Sheikh Abdullah, integrated Kashmir’s economy with...

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