Article 35A is back

Article 35A is back
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Article 35A has returned to haunt Kashmir again. The Jammu and Kashmir government had sort the deferment of the petitions filed against the Article in the Supreme Court but the Apex Court seems to have turned down the plea by asking the lawyers not to seek deferment again and again.
People in Kashmir and political parties are on the same page vis-à-vis defending Article 35A of the Indian Constitution. It is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. It was added to the Constitution through a Presidential order issued by the President of India on 14 May 1954, exercising the powers conferred by the clause (1) of the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, and with the concurrence of the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Everyone in Kashmir is of the opinion that if this Article is scrapped it would pave the way for the erosion of the special status of the state and would add to the alienation. If this vital Article is removed it can trigger a wave of unrest in the Valley and it can have far reaching consequences.
Even in Jammu region the opinion about scrapping this Article is divided. A few people are of the view that it should be scrapped but many believe that it should remain intact as its removal will have more impact in Jammu region and its scrapping would pose a threat to the identity of Dogras.
People in the Valley have kept their fingers crossed and the incumbent Governor’s administration too seems inclined towards getting this matter pushed back as the people at the helm in J&K know that fiddling with this Article will trigger crisis.