India’s Supreme Court upholds abrogation of Article 370, says Assembly polls must be held by September 2024

India’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Union Government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and said that every decision taken by the Centre on behalf of a State can’t be subject to a legal challenge. On August 5, 2019, the Central government announced the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 and split the region into two Union Territories.


On August 5, 2019, the Government of India revoked the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir. The President of India issued an order under the power of Article 370, overriding the prevailing 1954 Presidential order and nullifying all the provisions of autonomy granted to the state.

Overseas Kashmiri group hails abrogation of Article 370

 IANS-   A leading overseas Kashmiri organization has welcomed the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A while warning against misinformation and fear being spread by some quarters on the issue. “Articles 370 and 35A were highly discriminatory against all indigenous Kashmiri minorities – Sufi Muslims, Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Dalits, Gujjars, Kashmiri Pandits, Kashmiri Sikhs, […]

US-Based Kashmiri Pandits Respond to Biased Allegations Toward Kashmir in the Wake of the Removal of Article 370

Ritu Jha- The Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) says they are surprised to see The Lancet, a reputable medical journal, has written a one-sided story about Kashmir. On Aug.17th, The Lancet published an article entitled, “Fear and Uncertainty Around Kashmir’s Future,” sympathizing with the present residents of Kashmir. The article references A Médecins Sans Frontières study […]

Speakers at the 73rd Indian Independence Day Celebration in San Francisco Share Their Thoughts on Article 370

Ritu Jha- More than 400 people including elected officials, entrepreneurs, academics, community leaders, and Indian political leaders took part in the 73rd India Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, on Aug. 15, at the San Francisco War Memorial Building. The city of San Francisco in honor of India’s independence lit […]

Speakers at a Celebration for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Shared Their Views on the Abrogation of Article 370.

Ritu Jha-   As people gathered to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary in Milpitas, California, they could not resist sharing their views on the abrogation of Article 370 by Prime Minister Modi. On Aug. 5, Jammu and Kashmir were given a special status of a Union Territory under Article 370 of the constitution of […]

Celebrations abound in wake of revocation of Article 370 and California Kashmiris’ new-found freedom

Ritu Jha- The excitement, emotion, compassion, and fear were visible at the celebration of the abrogation of Article 370 and integration of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions into India as well as giving hope of visiting the lost land. People from various community organizations showcased their solidarity with Kashmiris over Kashmiri Kahwas (tea)at the India […]

Shops reopen in Kashmir post-Art 370 abrogation

IANS-  For the first time since Article 370 was scrapped on August 5, most shops in Kashmir opened through the day. Last week’s snowfall in Kashmir spurred the opening up of shops and other businesses. Kashmir has been witnessing a shutdown since August 5 with shops opening only for a couple of hours in the […]

Justice Markandey Katju: A great judgment by the Indian Supreme Court

Justice Markandey Katju writes: A bench of the Indian Supreme Court consisting of Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan gave a historic judgment on March 7 this year. The facts of the case were that a Maharashtra college professor, Javed Ahmad Hajam, posted a piece on WhatsApp critical of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and wishing Pakistan on its Independence Day.

Justice Markandey Katju: Thoughts on the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Kashmir

Justice Markandey Katju writes: In his concurring judgment in the case relating to abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Indian Supreme Court, recommended setting up a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ in Kashmir to investigate and report violations of human rights in the state from the 1980s, to heal the wounds. Perhaps Justice Kaul got his idea of setting up such a Commission from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up in South Africa in 1995 after the apartheid regime was dismantled.

Justice Markandey Katju: On the right to self-determination

Justice Markandey Katju writes: Following the Indian Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict upholding the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Mohammad Abdullah, a member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper House of the Indian Parliament), who belongs to DMK Party in Tamil Nadu, created a controversy while participating in the debate on the J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill and the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill.

California Indian Americans host first-of-its-kind Kashmir Conclave

Eminent citizens, speakers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists converged in California recently to discuss Jammu and Kashmir and the way ahead after the abrogation of Article 370 by the Narendra Modi government on August 21, 2019. The first-of-its-kind Kashmir Conclave was held May 13, at India Community Center in Milpitas, California. The Kashmir Conclave team, hosted by a group of individuals mainly Kashmir natives played a crucial role in organizing the event, including accomplished entrepreneurs, lawyers and doctors. The team members include Jeevan Zutshi, Zara Hashim, Irfan Ali, and Tasawar Jalali.

Committed to democratic process in J&K: PM at all-party meet

In the first all-party meeting involving leaders from Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Centre is fully committed to the democratic process in J&K, and holding Assembly elections in the region just like the successful conduct of the District Development Council (DDC) polls is a priority.

Justice Markandey Katju: Nitasha Kaul’s suppression of the truth

Justice Markandey Katju writes: Nitasha Kaul is a British citizen of Indian origin, and an associate professor of politics and international relations at the University of Westminster, UK. She is in the news for being deported from Bangaluru airport after arriving in India to attend a conference. The reason for her deportation is her alleged anti-Indian views, particularly regarding Kashmir.