Article 370 again

Article 370 again

The debate over Article 370 is heating up. The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy informed Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that Article 370, which provides special status to J&K, is a temporary provision.
“At present, Article 35A is contained in the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 which was added through the Constitution Order issued by the President of India under Article 370,” he said in a written reply.
Since the day NDA 2.0 led by Bharatiya Janata Party has taken over the reins of the country for the second consecutive term the BJP leaders have hardened their stand vis-à-vis Articles 370 and 35A. They have been reiterating that these are temporary provisions and have to go.
Mainstream leaders in Kashmir seem worried about the fate of both these Articles and are trying to tell New Delhi that J&K’s special status is important for the identity of the people of the state and if these Articles are done away with it would push Kashmir away. But it seems people sitting in the national capital are not interested in the arguments being put forth by the Kashmiri leaders and it looks like that the Government of India has decided to bite the bullet and scrap these articles. It appears that the GoI is waiting for the right time to strike. Scrapping Article 370 has been a part of BJP’s agenda for the past many decades. Now it has got the chance to do away with this “temporary provision” as the party has got the numbers in the Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir is under President’s rule.
Saner voices in Kashmir have been urging BJP leaders not to take any decision in haste as the Article 370 has been in place for the past 70-years and changing the status-quo could alienate the people of Kashmir further.