In case Article 35A is a genuine feature of Indian Constitution and is in the best interest of the people of J&K, to be specific for those Indian Citizens who are categorized as Permanent Residents of J&K as defined in Section-6 of J&K Constitution, then why is it so that only the Kashmir Valley leadership gets agitated after some questions are raised on provisions like Article 35A and recently after a petition has been filed in supreme court of India by an NGO.
No noticeable reactions have come like the one that have come from Kashmir valley leadership from other regions of J&K. Rather people of regions other than Kashmir have been found welcoming such questions? Article 35A has been added as a new article after Article 35 in the Constitution of India by an Order of the President (C.O 48 of 14 May 1954 ). Those who may like to read its text in detail will have to see Appendix-I to Constitution of India where only it is available with other items included in C.O 48 since it is not included in the main text of Constitution of India.
One would ask do the contents of the text of Art 35A have different provisions for the Permanent Residents of J&K in Kashmir Valley and for those in Jammu or Ladakh regions? The simple answer is no, the text has same meaning for all. Then why reactions and opinions of Kashmir Valley leadership have been different than that of people from Jammu and Ladakh regions?
Politicians must wait for the final outcome of the petition before Apex court. But still there is enough that the local leadership and local government can do for mending the inter regional divides and communal considerations that are taking away the peace and harmony from the lanes of J&K due to such like controversies.
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