Article 35-A: Aiyar Says GoI Playing With Fire

It Will Open Pandora’s Box: Radha

NEW DELHI — Former Interlocutor to Kashmir, Radha Kumar said that the abrogation of Article 35A will open a Pandora’s Box. She said the Accession Debate will start and a professional legal expert can put India into an embarrassing position in case Article 35A is annulled.

Radha Kumar told a local news agency CNS that Instrument of Accession, Article 370 and Article 35A are interconnected and can’t be separated from one another. “The Indian Civil Society fails to understand why the petition filed by a lesser known NGO was not dismissed by Supreme Court outrightly. The arguments put forth by petitioners carry no weight. I am hopeful, Supreme Court will dismiss it shortly after it will be taken up,” she said adding that Governor of the State has done a good job by asking the Apex Court to defer the case.

While responding to a question, Radha Kumar said that people in Kashmir are dying to get the issue resolved. “There is an issue that needs to be resolved. The cold response from BJP doesn’t make a sense.”  

Meanwhile, Former Congress party leader and well-known diplomat Mani Shankar Aiyar said the Union Government was playing with fire.

Aiyar told CNS that Article 35 A should not be touched as it connects Jammu Kashmir with Union of India. “BJP led Union Government is in threatening mode only as it has not taken concrete measures to do away with this Article. It will be better for Union Government not to touch this Article.”

Mani Shankar Aiyar said it is high time Government of India restores the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir instead of resorting to erosion. “I do agree with Mr P. Chidambaram that there should be an open dialogue and all the provisions of Article 370, that have been eroded from time to time after accession should be restored to original form,” he said adding there is nothing wrong in discussing such things.

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