Amid celebrations over the proposal initiated by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament on Monday to scrap Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir and thereby pave the way for its full integration with India, as also the decision to bifurcate the state into two union territories - J&K and Ladakh - a four-year-old tweet from England pacer Jofra Archer's Twitter handle resurfaced which netizens are hailing as him having predicted the development years ago.
Jofra Archer has been deemed as a soothsayer ever since his old tweets turned out to be accurate in the present. For instance, Archer had tweeted in 2016 saying that he wished for a Super Over and it happened in the finals of the World Cup against England, where the hosts went on to clinch their maiden World Cup.
Quite similarly, Archer had posted a tweet in 2014, saying even 370 wasn't safe. What he meant then was that even 370 runs was not a good target. However, Indian fans decided to use the tweet to their advantage and once again called Archer a soothsayer as he had predicted the scraping of Article 370 - and, in fact, on the very same day that Narendra Modi had taken oath as the Prime Minister of India.
Here's Archer's tweet from five years ago:
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’. Abrogating Article 370 has the effect of also doing away with Article 35A.
Netizens were flummoxed over Archer's tweet and praised him for getting the prediction on Article 370 right, even though what he had written then was nowhere close to being related to the developments in India. Read some of the reactions here: