On our last article, we told you about some of the Most important IPC Sections every Indian should know about. A well-known article of our constitution among the Indians because of its distinguishable feature is Article 370. It is the article by virtue of which Jammu and Kashmir enjoys a special status. The state maintains its own constitution and law, while the rest of the other states do not enjoy the same. The State of J&K became a part of the Indian Union in October 1947 by an agreement which was no different from the ones signed by other states.
It is true that because of the terrific circumstances prevailing in those days the Article came into effect. But it was a “Temporary, Transitional and Special Provision” which the government should have abolished by now. Due to the article, J&K gets the highest subsidy from the Government of India than the other states but still, there is no proper utilisation of money.
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Why this differentiation? For example in a classroom a teacher gives a special gift to a particular student always. Maybe the rest students won’t complain, but won’t they feel bad about that? And think of the day when all the students would complain, it will create a havoc.
On 27th November 1963 Nehruji said Article 370 “ghis ghiste ghisjayegi” . In other words it will slowly erode but 50 years have passed and still, it has not abrogated.
Isn’t it ironical that despite enjoying a lot of benefits J&K is still lagging behind the rest of the states in terms of infrastructural development, industrial investments, economic progress, education, sex ratio, agriculture etc? With 3, 30,049 youths who are unemployed in J&K of which 2, 24,000 alone in Jammu how has Article 370 benefitted the people of J&K, where is the good governance? By not letting the Fundamental Rights, Right to Education, Prevention of Corruption Act applicable to the citizens in J&K, Is Article 370 strengthening the people?
In 2007, a Kashmiri Pandit woman who through ethnic cleansing was forced to leave in Delhi applied for a medical aid for her 14-year-old son who was suffering from blood cancer but she was denied the aid just because she was not living in J&K under the article. Even the women who marry outside the state lose their parental property. So what is the use of Article 370 when instead of building bridge it is separating J&K from the Indian Union? It is high time that the politicians make effort for the well-being of the ordinary people, not theirs.