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Sidepiece To Centre-stage

Is there a deal in the works on Kashmir? Will Farooq Abdullah be the instrument of a new, compromised accession? Restore statehood and leave Article 370 to the courts?

Sidepiece To Centre-stage
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Sidepiece To Centre-stage
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2021-06-25T13:20:04+05:30

All eyes are on Dr Farooq Abdullah, again, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. The National Conference president who is riding out the coronavirus pandemic and Kashmiri scepticism over the former state’s downgraded status is trying to reassure the people, according to a party leader, that “there is no political vacuum in J&K”. The 83-year-old former CM and Union minister attracted more than an eyeroll when he convened an unscheduled meeting of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on June 9, the first in six months. It was watched keenly by the Delhi-appointed administration in J&K as well the people.  

The Gupkar Declaration broadly agrees to challenge the abrogation of Article 370—the constitutional safeguard bestowed on J&K when it joined the Indian Union after Independence from British rule—and demotion of the state to a Union territory under direct administrative control of the Union government in Delhi. Signatories of the pact demand restoration of Article 370 and statehood—both...

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