Revocation of Article 370
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Pakistan decides to expel Indian High Commissioner, Ajay Bisaria, following Indian Parliament’s revocation of Article 370 on Monday. With this move, secularism and democracy breath their last sighs in India, which is home to significant minorities. As the largest democracy of the world, India’s move to revoke Article 370 was as sudden as it was shocking.

Article 370, under which Kashmir had been administered until now by India, gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir significant autonomy from the rest of the country. Under this, the Kashmiri had considerable autonomy, similar to that of a confederation. For instance, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had the rights to its own constitution and the decision-making process for all matters except the matters of defence and foreign affairs.

With the revocation of Article 370, India has triggered a hazard button. For, the renewed insurgency is the most likely guest that could visit the beautiful valley of Kashmir anytime in the near future.

With the revocation of Article 370, and with all the special autonomy gone, Kashmir has been reduced to any of the other states of the Union (India). The territory has been in a curfew-like situation ever since the Parliament’s sudden decision, with lock downs and with the communication networks cut off.

Apparently, the uncertainty in Kashmir following the Indian move on Monday looms large, shocking the world as well as the valley. The Kashmiris are still figuring out what just befell them. For many of them, the omnipresence of the Indian military had already turned their state as a virtual, though open, jail. This move has even disillusioned politicians. For instance, one Muslim BJP politician who does not want to be named commented:

“Kashmiris are in a state of shock and they are still processing what happened. It seems the valley is going to erupt very soon.”

Kashmir is a Himalayan region strategically located between India and Pakistan, that each claims the full but hold the part of it. Both nations have fought three wars over Kashmir and the hostility of the two countries has perpetually renewed by a sole reason: Kashmir. Particularly, the Indian side of Kashmir has been facing a turbulent period for 30 years against Indian rule.

With the revocation of Article 370, India has triggered a hazard button. For, the renewed insurgency is the most likely guest that could visit the beautiful valley of Kashmir anytime in the near future.

The Indian move of revoking Article 370 is a definite provocation for Pakistan, which has immediately decided to cut diplomatic and trade ties with India. However, it is more annoying, or even disillusioning for the people of Kashmir, who had been counting on the UN whose 1948 Resolution, which has yet to see the light of the day. According to UN Resolution 47, that was adopted on April 1948, the fate of the Kashmiri people had to be decided by giving them the right to self-determination through plebiscite.

But this Monday, Indian Parliament washed out hopes, even the traces of them, by revoking Article 370. For now, Kashmir is like any other territory of the Union where anyone from anywhere in India can take properties and migrate in unlimited numbers.

This prospect suggests a bleaker picture of Kashmir in days to come. More violence is feared in the wake of Hindu migrations in Kashmir. This demographic change in Kashmir which Modi government seeks by design could outnumber or at least neutralize Muslim majority of Kashmir in decades to follow. In this way, the revocation of Article 370 suggests a long-term Indian policy to preempt any UN resolution seeking Kashmir self-determination through a plebiscite. For if any such plebiscite actually takes place, the migrated Hindu majority will counterbalance the Kashmiri vote in Indian favour.

Related: KASHMIRI’S REACTION ON THE ABROGATION OF ARTICLE 370