Scrapping of Article 370; what it means for the people of J&K

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    Today, India rewrote a part of its history. The government, with due authorisation from India’s President, has scrapped Article 370, that provided special status to the state of J&K. In his speech, the Home Minister, Amit Shah, said that Article 370 was the reason behind the alienation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and with this development, it will now be a part of India.

    Scrapping 370 was not an easy task. It is an emotive decision that has a range of controversies, viewpoints and sensitivities attached to it.

    What the scrapping off does do is make the state a part of the country, in the real sense. The law applicable in other parts of the country will now be applicable in J&K and Ladakh too. Citizens can buy and sell property here, can apply and get government jobs across India and be a part of the Centre’s decisions.

    A landmark change indeed. Since its inception in 1947, the special status accorded to J&K has been the bone of contention for many a political party. Today, with its scrapping and the status of a Union Territory being accorded to both J&K and Ladakh, a long-standing decision has been cemented.

    A decision that will accord the same status to all its citizens and send a strong message to our neighbours and other external parties, that India is one country and Kashmir is an integral part of India.