Why is Article 370 Removed?

By meenakshi|Updated : July 28th, 2022

Article 370 was removed on 6th August 2019 to integrate Kashmir with the rest of India. As per Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Jammu Kashmir has a special status with a separate constitution, a state flag, and autonomy of internal administration. After Article 370, the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir was changed to Union territory.

Why is Article 370 of the Indian Constitution Removed?

Jammu and Kashmir was a princely region, but it joined India after independence. India administered it as a state in 1954. According to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir has its constitution, freedom to make laws, and a separate flag. Also, communication, defense, and foreign affairs remained the preserve of the central government. As a result, the state can make its own rules for property ownership, permanent residency, and fundamental rights. 

Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Pary and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have always opposed Article 370 as it has been a war between India and Pakistan (related to Kashmir). They urge to integrate Kashmir with other parts of India. However, this move has resulted in a lot of controversies because of which many Kashmiris are of thought that the government wanted to change the demography of the state by allowing non-Kashmiris to buy land there.

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FAQs on Why is Article 370 removed

  • Article 370 of the Indian constitution was removed on 6th August 2019 after gaining the majority in the Lok Sabha. 

  • Article 370 was removed to integrate Kashmir with the rest of India. Before the revoke of Article 370, Jammu Kashmir has its constitution, freedom to make laws, and a separate flag. Also, the state has its own rules for property ownership and permanent residency.

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