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In 1950, when the Republic of India formally took shape, Jammu and Kashmir was certainly a special state. It was the only princely state that had been integrated into India on the condition that its future would be determined by the will of its own people. That will, would be ascertained by Jammu and Kashmir’s own Constituent Assembly which would deliberate on the exact contours of their future relationship with India. Till such time, Article 370 would hold the field—a stop-gap signifying a precarious and hard-won compromise.
Like with many stop-gaps, Article 370 contained within it the seeds of its own nullification. A procedure was outlined by which the President of India on the recommendation of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly could abrogate the provision in its entirety or nullify its effect. Those seeds were unexpectedly germinated in Parliament in August 2019 to complete the full integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India.
Much has been said and written on the political and constitutional history of Jammu and Kashmir. The existing literature and scholarship on the state covers aspects of its ethnography, history, politics, the dispute at the United Nations, militancy and its consequent militarisation leading to a near-permanent state of internal turmoil. When it comes to work specifically on Article 370- the constitutional link that bound the state to India- the literature is comparatively sparse. Some academic documentation exists, but very little that can be read by an interested non-academic audience.
This book fills that void with a detailed biography of Article 370, one of the most complex provisions in the Constitution of India. It is the journey of a provision of law from its cradle to its grave through a contested birth, lawyerly machinations in its early years, endemic political skulduggery, episodic displays of judicial statesmanship and a sudden and swift demise. It is a book that can be read by anyone interested in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian federalism, the Indian Constitution or the Supreme Court where the fate of the article currently hangs in the balance.
Hamīñ Ast? – Chapter 2 – Afterthought
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Even as questions surrounding the establishment of a popular and responsible government in Jammu and Kashmir dominated India’s concerns, the Constituent Assembly continued with its work. - Excerpts from Chapter 2
Hamīñ Ast? – Chapter 1 – Compromise
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In May 1949 with the enactment of the Indian Constitution only months away, the future status of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir remained indeterminate. - Excerpts from Chapter 1.
Episode on Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370
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In this Podcast episode, Naveed Mehmood Ahmad discusses 'Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370' with co-author Jinaly Dani. Hamīñ Ast? traces the constitutional and legal history of Article 370 from its origins as a placeholder that guar...
Video on Hamīñ Ast? A Biography on Article 370
- July 10, 2022
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How did this article come to be in 1950? What happened over the course of the last 70 years that made Jammu and Kashmir a 'special state?' Arghya Sengupta and Jinaly Dani, co-authors of the book 'Hamīñ Ast? A Biography on Article 370' here introdu...
Launch of Hamīñ Ast? Book Cover
- October 31, 2022
Watch the animated video of the book cover for 'Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370,' Vidhi's first digital book, that was released on August 5th, 2022. This is the first book from Navi Books the open-access digital book publishing website by th...
Why Was Article 370 Not Abrogated Earlier?
“Article 370 is neither a wall nor a mountain, but...it is a tunnel. It is through this tunnel that a good deal of traffic has already passed and more will.” Gulzarilal Nanda In 1950, the State of J&K was included in the Union of India o...READ more
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Looking Back at the Abrogation of Article 370
Today marks the passage of two years since the ‘abrogation’ of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. A lot has happened since then, but it is worth our while to look back and consider the abrogation in greater depth. This blog does just that...READ more