Amidst rising tensions, Amit Shah moves a resolution to scrape off Article 370 that gives J&K special privileges
Amit Shah has indeed made a historic move. The Union Minister proposed on Monday that Article 370 be scrapped off. And along with it, Article 35A will be drained down too. But were the implications discussed? Or was this move planned beforehand to minimize ill consequences? If abolished, what would it mean for Jammu And Kashmir?
Amit Shah announced the abolition of Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha. And it will take place as soon as the President assents.
As soon as he proposed that all regulations under the Article will be scrapped after the President’s nod, the Upper House rose in an uproar. And opposition slammed the Centre’s move claiming that the government has violated international commitments.
Before we discuss the implications, we must know the ins and outs of the article in the spotlight.
What is Article 370?
This article started its journey with the birth of the Indian Constitution. And hasn’t ceased to be the centre of widespread criticism and question ever since. This article gives special power to the state of J&K.
It gives the state special powers to have its own constitution (while all other states share the one common constitution). And the autonomy which is a result of this is not the only power that the article imparts. Powers such as not accepting any amendments of the centre unless the state government is in approval.
What will life be like in J&K without Article 370?
Now that the special provisions are all set to be scrapped, life will clearly not be the same. The autonomy of the state will be stripped off. And thanks to that, J&K will have to follow all central laws and amendments whether the state approves of it or not. In fact, now J&K and Ladakh will add to the list of Union Territories.
Jammu and Kashmir splits into two union territories.
So, India will have now 9 UTs. However, J&K will still have a Vidhan Sabha.
And the day-to-day scene would be similar to what it is in the National Capital, Delhi. Centre will indeed have more power than the state in some matters such as security and communication. To summarize,
Anything that happens in India, will now happen in Jammu and Kashmir too
The big question that stands is whether this move will really take the valley to a developed future? And is the government ready for the consequences of the massive and abrupt change that has spread its roots into the daily lives of Jammu and Kashmir?
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