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Talk of Revocation of Article 370 Irresponsible: Omar
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Hitting out at the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the talk of revocation of Article 370, which provides special status to the state, was "irresponsible" and "ill-informed".

Terming the Article 370 as the "only constitutional link" between the state and rest of the country, Omar tweeted his reaction to the statement by Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office Jitendra Singh.

Singh said that a process of holding debates with various stake holders was on to apprise them about benefits and disadvantages of Article 370 for the state.

"So the new MoS PMO says process/discussions to revoke Art 370 have started. Wow, that was a quick beginning. Not sure who is talking," Omar tweeted.

"Mark my words and save this tweet - long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won't be part of India or Art 370 will still exist," Omar said.

He made it clear that Article 370 was the "ONLY Constitutional link" between J&K and rest of India.

"Talk of revocation of not just ill informed it's irresponsible," he said.

Late tonight, Jitendra Singh issued a statement saying he has been "misquoted" in media reports.

"I seek to clarify that the reports in the media about my statement on Article 370 are misquoted. I have never said anything quoting the Honourable Prime Minister. The controversy is totally baseless," he said in a statement.

Afterwards, Abdullah tweeted again with a copy of the statement released by Singh saying, "First day; first show."

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May 28, 2014
12:40 PM
Mohan, Kutch
May 28, 2014
10:37 AM

Ram Lala ... understand there is nothing called a "temporary right". It is just to make it easy to sell to some folks but rights create, vested interest and special treatment, tell me who is enlightened enough to actually give it up themselves without force of circumstances. That is why is so critical that rights be debated endlessly to be sure we want them to be permanent (and that they do not complicate larger objectives).

Same is true for reservations too.

In the US, the concept of "separate but equal" in education was over turned by the SC is a very wise observation that by definition "separate cannot lead to equality".

Our liberals lack wisdom - they might have degrees from supposedly great colleges of India (whiich sadly have no place in any global ranking - so their greatness is like frogs in a well who think their well is the greatest/best) or elite environs in US/Europe where they pick up caricatured elitism.

At the broadest level, India needs an "age of the regular folks" and dumping of dynasties and elitism. Is this the start, I wonder?

Arun Maheshwari
Bangalore, India
May 28, 2014
10:20 AM

Article 370 is needed for the "feudal" elites of Kashmir to ensure that their "useless" rule has no threat. So as expected the Abdullah's, the Mufti's and all the other power brokers will unite on this and use threat. Just like Pakistan uses nuclear weapons, the Kashmiris use secession to beat back any debate.

"Separate cannot be equal" however hard anyone tries but then the feudal elite wants this "separate and unequal" status because their power derives from it.

I would suggest not spend proactive official time on Article 370. Keep the debate bubbling using proxies (non state actors). In the meantime, take the rest of the country on a very different visible and attractive trajectory.If in the next 10-15 years that is achieved, and btw it is not really guaranteed, then do the hardsell of "become an equal partner in the India story by giving up the mindset of separate". Right now it will be just good theory and the debate purposeless and pointless.

Of course, I am willing to change my opinion of the feudal elite of Kashmir, if they show wisdom and join in the larger effort for center-state relations revisited for greater automony to the States which at least in words, Mr. Modi is claiming to be wanting.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
May 27, 2014
10:45 PM

Succus hold Ambedkad as a gold standard for a lot of things. And that Ambedkar opposed Art 370. Only when it was promised that the article would be temporary and that it will be repealed at the earliest did he support it.

So why is Omar Abdullah ranting against Ambedkar? Should not the followers of Ambedkar take note?

Akash Verma, Chennai
May 27, 2014
09:32 PM

Not only has Omar lost the moral grounds for being the CM of J&K but he seems to be loosing his marbles as well.  I presume he was born after Independence so what does he actually know about the treaties signed before Independence,

Prakash, Harrow
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