A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir
On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India came into force with a unique provision—Article 370. The special status accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the article meant that its people lived under a different set of laws while being a part of the Indian Union. Alternating deftly between history and politics, A. G. Noorani examines a wide range of documents pertaining to Article 370. He incisively analyses the implications and consequences of the article for the constitutional democracy of the state and the nation. From Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India in 1947 to the various negotiations thereafter; Sheikh Abdullah’s arrest to the framing of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and the replacement of Sadr-i-Riyasat, this book impeccably documents the little known constitutional history of the state. The author underscores the politics behind the gradual erosion of Article 370 and the need for restoration of autonomy. Critically analyzing the various judgments relating to this constitutional arrangement, he suggests a framework for resolving the ‘Kashmir problem’. Bringing together a rare collection of, often unseen and unnoticed, letters, memoranda, white papers, proclamations, and amendments, this book will be an indispensible resource on Kashmir. Scholars and students of politics, history, and law, diplomats, policymakers, and government functionaries will all find it immensely useful.
A. G. Noorani is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and history. He is a columnist for Frontline and Dawn, and has authored many books including Jinnah and Tilak (2010), India-China Boundary Problem (2010), and Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights (2005). His other titles include Indian Political Trials, 1775–1947 (2006), The Trial of Bhagat Singh (2005), Muslims of India (2004), Citizen’s Rights, Judges and State Accountability (2002), and Constitutional Questions in India (2002).
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