Jammu & Kashmir

February 17, 2016

Case of Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) & legality of AFSPA in J&K

DAA was crafted during Governor’s Rule in 1990 as ‘Governor’s Act No. 12’ in J&K, which was further replaced to the J&K Disturbed Areas Act in 1992. According to this Act, the state government could declare the “whole or any…

December 21, 2015

Issue of Holding Referendum in Jammu & Kashmir

The 1951 UNSC resolution asked for conducting of referendum in Jammu & Kashmir under UN supervision. The UN resolutions regarding Kashmir issue are not self-enforceable. They are only recommendatory in nature and they can be enforced only if the parties…

December 21, 2015

Demand for Union Territory Status to Ladakh region

Ladakh is a Buddhist majority region and fundamentally different from the other parts of the Jammu and Kashmir in all respects – culturally, ethnically as well as linguistically. While the Kashmir issue is related to secession from India, the Ladakh…

December 21, 2015

Insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir: History & Key Players

Jammu and Kashmir was largest of the Indian Princely States. The Hindu maharaja of Kashmir ruled over a heterogeneous population of 4 million of which 77 percent was Muslim, but since his state bordered both dominions of Pakistan and India,…

January 17, 2014

Article 370 of the Indian Constitution

Under the Part XXI of the Constitution of India, which deals with "Temporary, Transitional and Special provisions", Article 370 is a temporary provision granting special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. Here is a backgrounder on this topic. Historical Background…