By revoking the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the BJP government has needlessly stirred a hornet’s nest, with dubious benefits to either the state or to India, and even more troubles for the region
The Independent Voices
In an apparent resolution of its Kashmir conundrum, India’s government has annulled Article 370 of its constitution, which offered a special status to the state since its accession to the country in 1947. The annulment delivers on a promise made by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the campaign during the recent elections, at which it was decisively re-elected.
Supporters claim the annulment will integrate the troubled state with India and eradicate the separatist tendencies that have plagued the region. Critics argue that the annulment threatens the very fabric of the constitution and reveals the BJP’s ingrained hostility to India’s federal structure. Far from resolving the Kashmir conundrum, revoking Kashmir’s special status will only deepen the region’s alienation from the rest of India, they argue.
Indeed, by annulling the special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP government has needlessly stirred a hornet’s nest. It is likely to undermine India’s claim over Kashmir, provoke outrage among Kashmiris and spark further tension in a troubled region.