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Relevance: This article explains the situation of J&K ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A
With the anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, it is time to take a stock of the arguments regarding the abrogation.
India bid farewell to Articles 370 and 35 (A) and abrogated them two years ago
The government argued that:
- Articles 370 and 35 (A) created an unnatural and unhealthy divide in our nation.
- It would promote gender equality and end discrimination against marginalised communities like the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in J&K.
- The strikes like in 2008 can be better controlled and managed if Article 370 was not there.
- Abrogation would also put an end to terrorism in J&K
Many of these have failed to materialize because:
- The abrogation has deepened the alienation of large sections of the population
- The abrogation took place while J&K was under lockdown with limited scope for protest
- The Constitution required consultations with the State legislature, which was effectively bypassed during the abrogation.
- The Constitutional guarantees given to the people of J&K during the abrogation have been broken.
- The fissures that existed between various regions have deepened, e.g. Buddhist majority Leh and Muslim majority Kargil.
- The move of the Union Government interacting with political parties is a welcome step
- More political dialogue and people to people connect is necessary
- The move for the restoration of J&K statehood should be given due consideration.
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