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What Is Article 370? The Kashmir Crisis Explained


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SOURCE: https://fortune.com/2019/08/08/what-is-article-370-kashmir-india/
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The world body said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions earlier this week “will exacerbate the human rights situation.” The Indian government has cut off telecommunications to the region of Jammu and Kashmir, driven out tourists and journalists, stationed approximately 35,000 additional troops there, and revoked the section of the Constitution pertaining to the region’s sovereignty over a tangled web of economic development, politics, and religion. Jammu and Kashmir had, effectively, been the only majority-Muslim state to join India at the time. The entire article, including 35A, was revoked on August 5, but this is not the first time the government has attempted to curtail the sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir. Calling Article 370 “the glue” which had essentially bound Kashmir to India and was, at times, used as the justification for conflict with Pakistan, Ray said the decision brings up a series of international law questions. But Ray asked, “Does the revoking of Article 370 make Jammu and Kashmir an independent state? Because as long as the article was tied to the Indian Constitution, India could still have legitimate claims to Kashmir.” Modi argued in his speech days after the decision that Article 370 “did not give anything except separatism, corruption, terrorism, and family rule.

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