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Article 35-A: Another Divisive Move

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The petition challenging Article 35-A of the constitution before the Supreme Court is meant to open up another divisive issue in tune with the Hindutva politics espoused by the BJP and the RSS.

Article 35-A was introduced by a presidential order in 1954 to safeguard the rights and guarantee the unique identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This provision gives the Jammu and Kashmir legislature the right to decide who are permanent residents of the state and confer on them special rights in acquisition of property, in public sector jobs and social welfare. The Article provides that no legislative measure coming under it can be challenged for violation of the constitution or any other law of the land.

Article 35-A was incorporated in the constitution following the Delhi........

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