India’s BJP revokes the special constitutional status of Occupied Kashmir

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  • BJP’s Government revoked the special constitutional status of occupied Kashmir through a presidential order.
  • There have been debates and uproar in the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
  • The repealing of special status will now allow the people from the rest of the country to acquire land within the occupied territory.
  • The government decides to repeal Article 370 of the Indian constitution alongside the decision to bifurcate the state into two union territories, says Amit Shah.
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BJP’s Government revoked the special constitutional status of occupied Kashmir through a presidential order. The repealing of special status will now allow the people from the rest of the country to acquire land within the occupied territory and the valley might be having Israeli version of settlements within the occupied state.

Days after the number of troops in the occupied territory has been intensified, Home Minister Amit Shah has announced in Rajya Sabha that the government decides to repeal Article 370 of the Indian constitution alongside the decision to bifurcate the state into two union territories: J&K and Ladakh.

Currently, Jammu and Kashmir’s prominent politicians have been placed under house arrest and internet services within the state have been suspended. The troops’ build-up is reportedly still on the increase amid announcement to repeal the state’s special status.

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“There shall be no movement of the public. All the educational institutions shall also remain closed,” read an order by Indian government adding that there will be a complete ban on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.

What grants special status to Kashmir?

The article 35A and Article 370 are the core aspects for granting special status to Kashmir. Article 370 allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution, independence in all the matters except security and foreign affairs and it also allows the state to have a separate flag and Article 35A defines the state’s permanent residents and forbids the non-Kashmiris to occupy the land within the state including Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Under this constitutional provision, all those who have lived in the state for 10 years comes under the definition of permanent residents.

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