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Article 370A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198074083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074083.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Article 370

A.G. Noorani

Oxford University Press

Article 370 of the Constitution of India relating to the State of Jammu and Kashmir is now over sixty years old. The Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950 and with it, this unique provision. All other provisions were debated in the Constituent Assembly of India after deliberations in its Drafting Committee and, sometimes, in discussions in the Congress Parliamentary Party. This chapter notes that the redrafting of Article 370 and a review of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir are necessary. It holds that amendments must be based on agreement between all the major parties in Jammu and Kashmir. Given the political will, sincerity of purpose, and a spirit of compromise, it is not difficult to retrieve from the wreckage of Article 370 a constitutional settlement which satisfies the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Keywords:   Constitution of India, Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir, Congress Parliamentary Party, political will, Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, constitutional settlement

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