Monday, June 09, 2014

Fwd: Why we can and should debate Article 370 by Vivek Gumaste in

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From: sanjeev nayyar

Why we can and should debate Article 370 by Vivek Gumaste in 6/6/14

Article 370 is an anachronistic decree that has outlived its utility, militates against India's sovereignty, and discriminates against both Indians and Kashmiris by mutually excluding each other from syncretic growth. It is redundant, can be debated and constitutionally discarded, says Vivek Gumaste.

Is Article 370, the much bandied, much pilloried clause of the Constitution that dictates the governance of Jammu and Kashmir, a sacrosanct entity that brooks no debate; an indelible edict that is etched in stone? Is it an ironclad contract that is the last word on this issue?

Or is it a dinosaur on the verge of extinction; an outmoded concept totally incompatible with changing times and modern ideas, whose demise needs to be hastened to curb its residual deleterious effects?

Responding indignantly to a call for parleys on this topic by the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: '… long after the Modi government is a distant memory either J&K won't be part of India or Article 370 will still exist. Art 370 is the ONLY constitutional link between J&K & rest of India.'

Abdullah's belligerent riposte is tantamount to blackmail, borders on sedition and reeks of ignorance. To debunk his claim that Article 370 is the 'only constitutional link between J&K and the rest of India,' it is imperative that we recall history.

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