A watershed event in the history of Kashmir

The right-wing Hindu forces including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had a long-standing desire of complete integration of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian Union and revival of the Hindu civilisation in the territory.

Kashmir re-mained one of their main focuses following the formation of Narendra Modi-led fascist government in New Delhi in 2014.

However, they found a golden opportunity to give practical shape to their nefarious designs after the BJP won a landslide victory in 2019 Indian general elections.

They in-tensified their efforts to implement their Hindutva agenda in the territory and as a first step made the announcement of repealing the special status of occupied Kashmir on August 05, 2019. As such, this date became a turning point in the history of IIOJK.

Revocation of Article 370 The move came via presidential orders, which re-voked Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian constitution.

Article 370 had accorded special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir and all the provisions of the Indian Constitution, which were applicable to the Indian states did not apply to the territory.

Due to this Article, Jammu and Kash-mir was a region, which (despite being a part of Indian Union under the so-called Instrument of Ac-cession) enjoyed separate constitution, flag and official language.

It was only because of this Article that except for defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications, Indian Parliament needed the con-currence of the so-called government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Though most of the special privileges that Jammu and Kashmir was entitled to under the Arti-cle 370 had long been eroded with the passage of time yet Article 35A debarred non-Kashmiris from acquiring property and jobs in government institu-tions in the territory