From ushering in an era of investment, development and employment, to improving education and health sectors and empowering local youth, the past year, since the end of Article 370 and Article 35A, has been a journey of transformation in Jammu and Kashmir, emerging from the shadows of an anachronistic provision.
The defanging of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has facilitated the applicability of many progressive laws to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and this is contributing significantly to the socio-economic uplift of the people in the region.
Nearly one year since the Indian government scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is evident that there has been a strategic paradigm shift in India’s policymaking.
The two Union Territories, freed from the draconian provisions of Article 370 by the Modi government last year, are now ready to showcase their potential in diverse sectors such as hydropower, solar power, food processing, handicrafts and tourism.
The removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special is an unprecedented step taken by India but one which raises more questions than it answers, writes a strategic expert. The former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state and acceded to India in 1947 on the basis that it would retain considerable autonomy. Under article 370 the state had its own constitution and freedom to make laws on a number of issues, excluding foreign policy, defence and communications. [...]