Article 370 And 35(A) Revoked: Staring In The Face Of Realityby Nishi Singh Educationist
The state of Jammu and Kashmir often referred to as the crown of the country, recently went through a substantial political reform. As brought to you by ETV Kashmir News, on the historical day of 6th August 2019, the president issued Constitutional order 273 and revoked the controversial articles of 370 and 35(A), thus taking away the 'special state' status away.
Where a considerable part of society welcomed this move, at the same time, another section of the society condemned the execution of the decision since it involved immediate and uniformed termination of communication across J&K.
Apart from the execution, the discussions surrounding the reform highlight its benefits to Non-Kashmiri Indian nationals primarily.
ETV Bharat brings a detailed overview of significant ways in which the decision has changed the face of Kashmir:
• One Nation, One constitution
Before the introduction of Constitutional order 273, Kashmir was a separate constitutional entity than the rest of the country. Certain parts of the national constitution didn't apply to Kashmir, and the state constitution has some special provisions, exclusive to the state.
Now, after the articles of 370 and 35(A) have been demolished, there will be no separate State Constitution.
• No separate flag for the state of Kashmir
Apart from a distinct constitution, the state also used two flags; The Indian national flag and a different Kashmir flag. Now, the post-order dynamic has inflicted a ban on the Kashmiri flag.
• Possibility of owning a property in the most beautiful state of the country
Before 6th August 2019, Indian nationals who weren't the official residents of Kashmir didn't have the right to buy any immovable asset in the state. Now, the political reform has opened gates for estate investments in the beautiful land. Our sources at ETV Kashmir News report this as one of the major concerns amongst the state population. Kashmiris fear that now the demographic construct of the state will shift from a majorly Muslim population to a majorly Hindu population.
• RPC scrapped
The 'State constitution' wasn't just limited to different property rights and residency conditions in Kashmir. Apart from that, the land also followed a separate penal code, called the Ranbir Penal Code(RPC). Now, the CRPC will be the only criminal code followed across the country since the order has scrapped RPC.
• J&K as the latest Union territory
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is the newest addition to the list of Union territories in the country. The northernmost of the country doesn't hold the status of a state anymore. Ladakh has been turned into a UT also, and the legislature of both regions will be handled directly by the central government.
It is safe to say that 6th August 2019 has brought a storm in the political and demographic situation of Kashmir. Bidding farewell to the 70 years old controversy, the NDA government has finally succeeded in establishing a unification in the legal dynamic of the country.
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