Jammu and Kashmir- The British Conservative Friends of India Press Release

The Conservative Friends of India

By: Manish Uprety

Uniting India after 7 decades of separation.

 

The BJP Government led by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has delivered its manifesto commitment of removing Article 370 and 35A which gave the Kashmiris a special status in India. Under the provisions, the Kashmiris could enjoy every right in India but Indians could not enjoy any right in Kashmir.

 

On Monday 5th August the Indian government announced through a Presidential order the revocation of Art 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution which had created division in India. This truly now makes the State of Jammu and Kashmir part of one India.

 

Unfortunately this status had the effect of holding back Jammu and Kashmir from the benefits from the development seen across the rest of India. The Article also prevented the unity of India as it meant that Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except the three matters of foreign affairs, defence and communications. It also gave the wrong signal to Pakistan that India was not sure of the status of India until this historic declaration, made on 5th August 2019.

 

Former Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, wrote on Twitter in relation to the revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A , that this would lead to “more jobs and more revenue” for people in Jammu and Kashmir. “Separate status led to separatism … a historical wrong has been undone today”.

 

Jammu and Kashmir will now be governed by the laws applicable throughout India and everyone will be equal under the rule of law and more importantly,  women will also enjoy equal status.

 

India’s Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah, said in Parliament, “Right to Education is not implemented in Kashmir; why should valley children not get the benefit of education. Healthcare is crippling in Jammu and Kashmir as no private hospital could be set up due to Article 370, Article 35A. We will make Jammu and Kashmir the most developed State”.

 

The Government of India by revoking this historic wrong has also paid a great tribute to the brave men and women of India who have been defending the integrity of Jammu and Kashmir through their supreme sacrifices since Independence, but had no rights accorded to them under the Article 370.  They will now be able to enjoy every right under the Constitution of India.

 

 

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