Op-ed: Should India abrogate article 35A of constitution?
9 August 2017
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According to the author, Article 35A remains one of the most divisive provisions in the Constitution as mere talk of any alteration to it provokes sharp reactions from parties across the aisle. The provision was not part of the Constitution as it was adopted in 1949. It was added later by a Presidential Order in 1954. This Order was issued under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. In simple terms, Article 35A empowers the state legislature of Jammu and Kashmir to define 'permanent residents' of the state. These residents are then eligible for special rights and privileges which the legislature can provide.
Read the full article here: First Point