…The BJP and RSS have long propagated that Article 370 gave Kashmir a pampered “special status” that was the source of disaffection among its people. The fact is that under India’s constitution which is committed to federalism, many other states have laws giving them “special status”. In the case of J&K, Article 370 had been, in the words of constitutional scholar AG Noorani, “reduced to a husk through political fraud and constitutional abuse”.…
For the people of Kashmir, the decades since 1953 have been a long saga of successive betrayals, accompanied by the most horrific abuse of human rights. The fig leaf of democracy, “autonomy” and “special status” which India had held up as its alibi for Kashmir in every international forum, has been arrogantly ripped away. All that remains is naked, open subjugation of their will.
Those celebrating this move as a “victory” over the disobedient and disaffected Kashmiris should pause to think. This move is the first step in the direction of junking India’s secular, democratic, federal constitution, and turning the country into a Hindu nation, which will model its treatment of minorities on Israel. The totalitarianism now on open display in Kashmir will soon be felt in all of India.
- Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear – By Sameer Yasir, Suhasini Raj and Jeffrey Gettleman (Aug 10, 2019, New York Times)
- Latest Assault on Kashmir is an Assault on Indian Pluralism – By Chitralekha Zutshi (Aug 13, 2019, The Globe Post)
- Modi’s Decision on Kashmir Reveals a Brittleness in India – By Sadanand Dhume (Aug 14, 2019, The Atlantic)
- In Kashmir, the Plan Is Not Just to Control but Also Humiliate an Entire People – By Sidharth Bhatia (Aug 13, 2019, The Wire)