In what is being considered as the most important decision taken by the Narendra Modi government, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed a bill on the revocation of the much-debated Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bars people from rest of the country from buying land in the state. While addressing Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Home Minister further announced that the government has also decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature.
After the resolution was tabled in the parliament, it faced massive protests from the opposition as they criticized the government for taking the decision without discussing it in the Parliament. They further said that it is a clear assault on democracy.
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who roots back to Kashmir, expressed his views on the same. Hailing the current government for the much-awaited decision, he congratulated every Indian.
The actor who is in New York at the moment, while appearing on The Debate with Arnab Goswami, slammed the opposition saying, 'people who are in denial will be in denial in any case'.
"Congratulations to every Indian, I woke up with the sense of triumph, almost had tears in my eyes and I feel this is the biggest victory of Indians," the actor said.
Slamming the opposition for their denial to the historic move, Kher said, "People who are in denial will be in denial in any case. This is the beginning of their end. The problem is that they are political opportunists, they are the same people who oppose triple talaq, they are the same people who stand with the 'tukde tukde' gang. there is nothing surprising in their behavior."
"But what will this decision do to a common man of Kashmir is phenomenal and people will forget these people in the coming years. They will be a history of people who took every opportunity to loot a common person of Kashmir. Forget about me as a Kashmiri Pandit, me as the same is feeling some kind of relief. Poetic justice is done to us. After whatever happened to us since 1990, this is the best thing I have heard. However, I am not talking about it right now, it is a final blow that knocks out these political opportunists," he stated further.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Kher who published his autobiography 'Lessons Life Taught Me, unknowingly' put out a post on Twitter saying, is the best gift 'life story of a Kashmiri boy' can get.
Take a look:
I HAVE WOKEN UP IN NY TO THE BEST NEWS OF MY LIFE ABOUT KASHMIR. AND ON THE DAY MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY #LessonsLifeTaughtMeUnknowingly RELEASES! WHAT BETTER GIFT LIFE STORY OF A KASHMIRI BOY COULD GET. THANK YOU GOD, #GovtOfIndia, PM @narendramodi, @AmitShah. CONGRATULATIONS INDIA.🇮🇳🇮🇳— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 5, 2019
Incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential order, Article 35 A defines the permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving special rights and privileges to the state subjects. It stems from Article 370 that gives an autonomous right to Jammu and Kashmir.
The article is also referred to as Permanent Residents Law and bars woman belonging to the state from any property rights if she marries a person from outside the state. Even the children of such women do not get the right as they do not have any succession rights over the property.
It exempts Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricts Parliament's legislative powers in Jammu and Kashmir. It was passed in the Constituent Assembly on May 27, 1949, and is the first article of Part XXI of the Indian Constitution. The heading of this part is ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’