Is it time we discussed repeal of Article 370?

GN Bureau | May 28, 2014



The first day of Modi government saw a controversy when Mos PMO Jitendra Singh spoke about the need to debate whether Article 370, which accords J&K autonomy on various fronts, be revoked or not.

J&K CM Omar Abdullah was quick to rebuke Singh and BJP. “Art 370 is the ONLY constitutional link between J&K & rest of India [sic],” Abdullah tweeted, adding, “Talk of revocation of not just ill informed it's irresponsible [sic].” Abdullah was in turn rebuked by RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Twitter: “J&K won't b part of India? Is Omar thinking its his parental estate? 370 or no 370 J&K has been n will always b an integral part of India [sic].”

BJP, which recently won three seats in J&K in Lok Sabha elections, believes it’s the right time to talk to Kashmiris about repealing the legislation; however, many legal experts believe that by revoking Article 370, the very basis of J&K’s accession to India will be in jeopardy.

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