Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Home Opinions Abrogation of 35A on the horizon?

Abrogation of 35A on the horizon?

Also Read

The State of Jammu and Kashmir remains on the edge, as the Central Government has approved the deployment of over 10000 additional troops in Kashmir. This includes 50 companies of CRPF, 10 companies of BSF, 30 of SSB and 10 of ITBP. The reason mentioned for this additional deployment is strengthening of Counter Insurgency Grid and maintaining Law and Order Situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The winds of change have been strong in Kashmir ever since Amit Shah took over as the Home Minister, considered tougher and more aggressive than his predecessor, he was expected to make key changes to BJP’s Kashmir policy.

Additional troops deployment

What is interesting to note is that this additional deployment of troops comes just a day after a visit to the state by Ajit Doval the National Security Advisor, where he purportedly met top security and intelligence officials and reviewed the security situation in the state. There has been an increasingly high deployment of troops in the state in the recent months. About 400 companies of armed forces (approximately 40000 troops) have already been deployed for the 46-day Amarnath Yatra. The Amarnath Yatra culminates on 15th of August and rumours are running wild that the Central Government is keen to abrogate Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.


Article 35A 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. Article 35A proscribes non-permanent residents from permanently settling in the state, buying immovable property, acquiring land, applying for government jobs, any kind of scholarships and aids and other public welfare projects. However, it hadn’t passed the test of parliament, rather it was added to the constitution through a Presidential Order, The Constitution (Applications to Jammu & Kashmir) Order, 1954 – issued by the President of India on 14 May 1954. The Apex Court of India is already hearing a number of petitions which seek to declare Article 35A unconstitutional. There were a barrage of tweets by major political players in Kashmir, condemning the move and calling for demilitarization.


Rajnath Singh was cautious in treading the Kashmir issue but Amit Shah is seen as being more adventurous with handling Kashmir. Amit Shah has been much more rigid and uncompromising towards Kashmir, the crackdown on separatist leaders started in February by the NIA and major separatist leaders including Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Shahidul Islam and Masrat Alam Bhat continue to be incarcerated. Charge sheet has been filed by the NIA in relations to the Terror Funding Case under which several top separatist leaders have been sent to Jail. The Separatist apparatus in Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain in shambles as most of their leadership has been languishing in Jails since the last few months. Jamaat-e-Islami, a pro Pakistan leaning socio-political and religious organisation was banned as well under anti-terror laws as it was accused of having close relations with militant outfits.

Powers to the National Investigation Agency were extensively increased by the newly amended Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Jammu and Kashmir Bank has also been facing increased scrutiny with cases of insurance fraud, unlawful appointments, diversion of loans amounting to 1000 crores and links to terror funding are cropping up, the Bank’s chairman Parvez Ahmed has been removed and in place new appointments like R.K. Chibber and A.K. Mishra have been done to the top board of the bank. Furthermore, there have been increasing talks about delimitation of seats in Jammu and Kashmir, this is being done to end the political hegemony of Kashmir valley in the State, high number of seats in Kashmir has ensured that Kashmiri political parties continue to dominate the state leading to the side-lining of Jammu and Ladakh region.


Though it is highly unlikely that any major decision would be taken before the 15th of August, as the government seeks to protect the Amarnath Yatra.  The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A were the key poll planks of the BJP in its Kashmir policy, this is in consonance with its ideological parent, the RSS which has repeatedly demanded the removal of both these articles for the better integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. Though it is difficult to comment on the situation, something is definitely afoot, and the situation should become clearer in the coming days.

- advertisement -

  Support Us  

OpIndia is not rich like the mainstream media. Even a small contribution by you will help us keep running. Consider making a voluntary payment.

Trending now

Latest News

भारतीय भाषाई विविधता पर हावी पश्चिमीकरण और हमारी दुर्बलता

संस्कृत विश्व की पुरातन भाषा है और वर्तमान की सभी भाषाओं की उत्पत्ति इसी भाषा से हुई है किन्तु आज यही संस्कृत भाषा विलोपित होती जा रही है। उससे भी बड़ी विडम्बना यह है कि हम स्वयं अपनी भाषागत परंपरा का पश्चिमीकरण कर रहे हैं। (by @omdwivedi93)

COVID 19- Agonies of Odisha Sarpanches no one is talking about

While the delegation of the collector power to the Sarpanch is being welcomed by all, the mismanagement has put an woe among these people's representatives.

The implications of structural changes brought by Coronavirus – Part 1

Many companies will move towards greater share of employees working from home with a weekly one to two day gathering for team building purposes. The IT industry in India estimates that close to 50 per cent of the country’s 4.3 million IT workers will soon work from home.

Saving the idea of India

Should Mickey (Valmiki) have not been more inclusive and given name Rehman instead of Hanuman and Agatha instead of Agastya? Such bandicoot the wrier was!

Feminism is nice, but why settle for a lesser idea?

Feminism talks about only women, Devi talks about humanity and cares for everyone equally as a compassionate mother (real gender neutrality)

Centre’s Amphan package for West Bengal should be low in ‘cash’, high in ‘kind’

while helping the state, the centre must reduce the cash disbursement as much as possible. The corruption through misappropriation is believed to be directly proportional to the 'cash component' in a package.

Recently Popular

तीन ऐसे लोग जिन्होंने बताया कि पराजय अंत नहीं अपितु आरम्भ है: पढ़िए इन तीन राजनैतिक योद्धाओं की कहानी

ये तीन लोग हैं केंद्रीय मंत्री श्रीमती स्मृति ईरानी, दिल्ली भाजपा के युवा एवं ऊर्जावान नेता एवं समाजसेवी कपिल मिश्रा एवं तजिंदर पाल सिंह बग्गा। इन तीनों की कहानी बड़ी ही रोचक एवं प्रेरणादायी है।

सावधान: सोशल मीडिया का गलत इस्तेमाल कर छात्र-छात्राओं को किया जा रहा गुमराह!

अगर इन्टरनेट पर उपलब्ध जानकारियाँ गलत हो या संस्थाओं से प्रेरित हो तब तो आपका ऐसे संस्थाओं के जाल में फसना निश्चित है और इसका एहसास आपको जब होगा तब तक बहुत देर हो चुकी होगी।

Ayan invasion theory- A myth

What’s shocking to me is that a certain section of India holds up to the AIT and consistently tries to prove it right despite many genetic/ archeological/ historical evidences. Now who is that section that I am referring to ? The “left” of India.

The problem with some of the universities in India.

These liberal scholars, sitting in universities, play a game of psychology in which they repeat same things to the students everyday about a person or ideology and instil in them the same thought process as theirs.

ABVP and RSS volunteers conduct door-to-door screening of residents in Mumbai

Volunteers of ABVP and RSS began door to door screening in slum pockets of Nehru Nagar in Mumbai, equipped with PPE sets and directed by doctors on board, and screened over 500 people in total in the last three days.