ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Failing Kashmiris on Their Article of Faith

The people of Kashmir are convinced that the public interest litigation in the Supreme Court appealing for the abrogation of Article 35A is simply a judicial route through which the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the centre is seeking to repeal Article 370.

Before coming to the debate on Article 35A of the Constitution which protects the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370, it is pertinent to mention a few things about the Kashmir policy of the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) establishment in New Delhi and the perception in Kashmir about this regime.

Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, has repeatedly said in recent months that the central government will soon come up with a “permanent solution” for the Kashmir issue. Though he has never elaborated on what he means by this, Kashmiris suspect that he is actually referring to his party, the BJP’s, core political ideology of doing away with Article 370 so that Kashmir is fully integrated with India—and that is the BJP’s solution for the Kashmir issue.

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