DO YOU KNOW ARTICLE 370 UNTOLD FACTS

The controversy surrounding article 370 has been bought up, again but what exactly is article 370 and why is it important to keep Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India. We give you 10 facts which explain why:

  1. According to the constitution of India, article 370 provides special provisions which are temporary to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and grant it a special autonomy
  2. It states that the provisions of article 238 shall not apply to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
  3. Since the principal drafter of the Indian Constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar had refused to draft article 370.
  4. Thus, article 370 was drafted by Gopalswamy Iyengar.

    article 370 facts

    article 370 facts

  5. Iyengar was the Minister without any portfolio in the first Union Cabinet of India. And he was also a former diwan to Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu Kashmir.
  6. Under article 370, the Indian parliament cannot increase or reduce the borders of the state.

The special status to Jammu and Kashmir includes:

  1. Unlike other state legislative assemblies change, the legislature has six years term.

    article 370 facts

    article 370 facts

  2. Jammu and Kashmir has two flags a separate state flag along with the national flag.
  3. Insulting of the national symbols is not an offence in J&K.

    article 370 facts

    article 370 facts

  4. Most of the laws except defence, Foreign Affairs, finance and Communications passed by the Indian parliament need to approved by the state government so they made applicable in the state.
  5. The citizens of Jammu and Kashmir governed by state specific laws which are according to the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir instead of those for the rest of India.

    article 370 facts

    article 370 facts

  6. The Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
  7. The residents of J&K enjoy dual citizenship but they could lose the J&K citizenship if they married residents of other states. A woman who marries a man in other Indian states loses her citizenship. But if any woman marries a Pakistani she will entitled to have a citizenship of Jammu and Kashmir. The article also gives Pakistani citizens entitlement to Indian citizenship if he marries a Kashmiri girl.
  8. Majority of Indian laws which include the RTE, RTI and Agencies like CBI, CAG are not applicable in J&K.
  9. No outsider can purchase land in the state.
  10. The centre has no power to declare financial emergency. And it can declare emergency only in case of War or external aggression.

A review of its policy on Article 370, through an informed debate, would align today’s BJP with the considered and reflective approach on J&K articulated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Only then would the slogans of Jhumuriyat, Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat make real sense.

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