Government of India revokes “special status” of Kashmir

In a historic move, the Indian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has revoked Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to Kashmir. After receiving the endorsement of the President Ram Nath Kovind and presented in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament) which passed the resolution yesterday, it was brought to the Lok Sabha (Lower House) for discussion today. What ensued was a heated debate with sections of the Opposition questioning it as arbitrary. However, the decision to repeal the law which granted the states of Jammu and Kashmir autonomy except in issues of defence and foreign affairs, has received support from a few unlikely political rivals. In a tweet, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party, said, “We support the government on its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. We hope this will bring peace and development in the state.” The region will now be counted as two  “union territories” and come under the jurisdiction of the Central government.

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