Fight for Article 35A but also demand PaK retrrieval


On August, 14 Supreme Court of India (SCI) has reportedly ordered to constitute a 5 Judge Constitutional Bench to hear the petition filed by an NGO ‘We The Citizens’ with respect to the constitutionality of Article 35A which gives special status to the State of J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special autonomous status and power to the State of J&K for discriminating against non- residents of J&K from rest of India who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job, voting in the local elections etc.

At the outset it should be made clear that entire J&K was assimilated in India by instrument of accession in 1947. Hence when almost half of J&K (PaK including Gilgit and Baltisan) is under Pakistan for the last 70 years then it is absurd and illegal to say that entire J&K is an integral part of India. Because territory of any country is not a civilian matter rather a martial matter which is decided by blood and not by water.

Therefore a civilian court SCI has no jurisdiction to adjudicate over martial matters. It is pertinent to note that under Article 144 too only all authorities, civil and judicial, in the territory of India are supposed to act in aid of the SCI. It is a different matter that martial element of India never demanded martial court to adjudicate also the grievances of military personnel and ironically their members like former Army Chief Gen V.K. Singh etc went to civilian court SCI for redress of their grievances. The SCI can at maximum adjudicate on the civilian matters like constitutionality of Article 35 A etc but cannot adjudicate on the martial matter like special status of J&K which gives power to State of J&K to decide permanent-residency of J&K for the simple reason that as long as PaK remains with Pakistan entire J&K is a disputed territory.

Because non-Muslims of J&K (from Jammu and Ladakh regions) will not defend unity of J&K the Muslim Kashmiris will have to defend permanent-residency of J&K. But Kashmiris should defend Permanent-residency by keeping only their martial rights in view. Though the politicians of Kashmir are trying to protect Article 35 A but they are doing it in a wrong way. Kashmiris should tell the SCI that it has no jurisdiction to adjudicate on martial matter like permanent–residency of J&K.

“[(i)- Persons permanent residents of J&K before 1920 (ii)- Persons acquiring immovable properties through legal means after 1920 and having permanent residence in J&K at-least for 10 years after acquiring such properties (iii)- Such J&K permanent-residents migrants to Pakistan and their children for two generations and (iv)- Children of Permanent-residents only when both the parents (without gender discrimination) are permanent-residents of J&K]”.

Because Kashmiris being Muslims have never demanded retrieval of PaK (even militarily if necessary) from Muslim Pakistan therefore Kashmir problem has never been solved and this is the main cause of their all the problems. Hence now  Kashmiris simultaneously should demand that PaK should be retrieved by India so that this Article 35 A / 370 controversy and all other problems of J&K can be resolved once and for all for the better.











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