Kashmir is considered as heaven on earth. Yeah, it is right. But for India it is more than a hell. It is one of the root causes of most of the militant activities in India. There are many special privileges given to this state by the Government of India and all due to article 370. It was one of the biggest mistakes the then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Today we will discuss the pros and cons of this article on Indian republic. By the way Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India and is situated mostly in the Himalayan mountains. It shares a border with the People’s Republic of China to the north-east , the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south, Pakistani province of Punjab to the south-west and North western frontier province to north west.
But, due to the LoC limitations, the Line of Control forms the de facto border on the north west region and is bordered by Pakistan administered territories of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, namely Azad Kashmir and the Northern Areas to the west and north-west. Formerly a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, this territory is disputed between China, India and Pakistan. So Kashmir is divided into three parts each one part taken by India, Pakistan and China respectively. But this article was for article 370.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India which enjoys special autonomy under Article 370 of the Constitution of India according to which, no law enacted by the Parliament of India, except for those in the field of defense, communication and foreign policy, will be extend-able in Jammu and Kashmir unless it is ratified by the state legislature of Jammu and Kashmir.
It is really shameful for India that Jammu and Kashmir has its own flag and constitution. Both are designed by the the ruling National Conference. See the snap in this article, it is the flag of Jammu and Kashmir which features a plough on a red background symbolizing labor substituted the Maharaja’s state flag. The three stripes represent the three distinct administrative divisions of the state, namely Jammu, Valley of Kashmir, and Ladakh. Since 1990, the Armed Forces Act, which gives special powers to the Indian security forces, has been enforced in Jammu and Kashmir due to increased militant activities in valley of Kashmir.
Now I think, it is clear that this article the Indian Constitution made Jammu and Kashmir as a special and different state, which I believe is very dangerous for Indian republic. What will happen when states like Bihar, UP etc will ask for such rights? This article completely ridicules the fact that Kashmir is an inseparable part of India. I can’t buy property there. It is like a foreign land for people of other states. This is the main reason behind the migration of all the Hindu Kashmiri Pundits from this state. Even Pakistan has always tried to exploit this article to raise the question that Kashmir is not an integral part of India. What do you think about this issue? Post your comments.
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