Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed in Parliament that Article 370 pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir would be revoked, thereby paving the way for its complete integration into India, while the Modi government also moved to bifurcate the state into two union territories - J&K and Ladakh - with the former having a legislature and the latter not having one.
The historic move is being celebrated across the country for righting what MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh called in the Rajya Sabha 'the biggest mistake of Independent India' for its potential to not only open the floodgates for Jammu and Kashmir's development by doing away with certain land-ownership and reservation rules, but also for the knock-on effect of being able to give the youth of the state more opportunities, protecting them from radicalisation for which they had become easy prey.
Veteran Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina came forward to hail the move. Raina took to Twitter and wrote that it was a landmark move to scrap Article 370 and that he was looking forward to smoother, and more inclusive times.
Read Raina's tweet here:
Article 370 is an article in the Indian Constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status. Except for Article 1, Article 370 exempts J&K from following the Indian Constitution and also limits the legislative powers of the Parliament in J&K. It was in force since May 27, 1949, when it was passed in the Constituent Assembly. Article 370 is the first article of Part XXI under the heading, ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’. Removing Article 370 also has the effect of doing away with related Article 35A.
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 these women do not get the right as they do not have any succession rights over the property.
Shah joined PM Narendra Modi during the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security and later in the Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Shah had also held a one-hour meeting with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad before his meeting with the Prime Minister. The statement in Parliament came amid days of suspense in J&K.