The Home Minister of India Amit Shah, today announced that article 370 of the Constitution that guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir will be scrapped. He also mentioned the bifurcation of the state into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature.
President Ram Nath Kovind sighs the order declaring that the decision will be coming into force immediately. This means that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will have to abide by the laws applicable to all the India citizens. There was a huge uproar against this decision in the Upper House and members of parliament.
One of the darkest days in the Indian democracy when a decision like this have rejected the 2-nation theory in 1947 and align with India has backfired. The Unilateral decision of Government of India to scrap article 370 is unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.
What is Article 370?
According to the Constitution of India, Article 370 empowers J&K to be an autonomous state under the temporary provisions of “special status” state. It has been drafted in Part XXI, under Temporary and Transitional Provisions, 370 is an extension of Article 35A, which allows the state to have it sown constitution, flag and the right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.
The three prominent politicians in the J&K – Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, and Sajjad Lone are under House arrest. In several places, internet services and mobile phone services have been suspended along with public gathering that is banned in the Srinagar district.