The Article 370 Debate by Aseem Prakash

Some prominent individuals love basking in media attention. I suspect it makes them feel important; after all, it is wonderful to see your name in the newspaper.

They start believing that they are thought leaders and shape important discussions. Keeping quite and speaking less is a virtue that they clearly do not recognize. Think of Jairam Ramesh, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Baba Ramdev.

Jitendra Singh statement about revoking Article 370 is an example of a loose and irresponsible remark.Ministers do not have the luxury of airing their personal opinions. They represent the government.

Did the citizens of India vote for the BJP thinking that revoking Article 370 will be on the top of its agenda? Does revoking Article 370 solve India’s major economic and social problem? Is this where the BJP ought to be investing its political capital?

BJP ministers need some adult supervision. A gag order would be nice. Debates are helpful and important in democracies. But debates on less relevant issues can crowd out debates on relevant issues.

Modi demonstrated tremendous discipline in his election campaign by focusing on growth and governance. He did not mention Ayodhya issue even once. He must ensure that his ministers now exercise similar discipline.

Yes, at some point in the future, India should probably debate the usefulness of Article 370. For the next couple of years, however, India must focus on growth and governance. It should not allow itself to be distracted by issues which have no bearing on the core national agenda.

One comment on “The Article 370 Debate by Aseem Prakash

  1. says:

    Jamil writes:

    The new federal government and the society in large should address the perceived and real grievances that enflame the emotions of 175 million Indian Muslims. The government should refuse to countenance blackmail and threat of violence from terrorist outfits, religious organizations and greedy minority politicians. The Article 370 should be scrapped immediately. The special status deemed in the Constitution is of historical significance and has no relevance today. Kashmiris should be convinced that they are an integral part of India and will remain so. The plebiscite promised sixty years ago cannot take place as Pakistan forcefully occupies one third of the territory in the western sector and China occupies Aksai Chin.

    The Muslim Personal law is a farce. Why should the Civil Law be based on Sharia and not the Criminal Law? Why the Indian Muslim male should have the prerogative of divorce and not stoned to death for Adultery? It is imperative to have a uniform civil code in India. Why not secularize the madrasah which provide education and refuge to millions of poor? The new government must not bet on affirmative action (witness the reservations for SC/ST/OBC has done no good) but work on the economic upliftment of the poor people in India (which includes Muslims and Dalits). We need the address the issue of why don’t we see proportionate representation of Muslims in every sphere of life in India (except among the Bollywood macho stars, Indian Cricket Team, the underworld mafia and the incarcerated in prisons of India)? Of the nearly 280 ruling party MP’s, none are Muslims!

    The immediate focus should be on development and good governance and perhaps the government should deal with Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code at a later day.

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