Dilution of Article 370 was arbitrary, says Nyla Ali Khan

Emotional integration of Kashmir into India is unlikely without addressing the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, said Nyla Ali Khan, granddaughter of Sheikh Abdullah, emphasising that revocation of the special status of the State has pushed Kashmiri politicians of every hue into the background.“The revocation of Article 370, bifurcation of the State, and reduction of it into two union territories are unilateral and arbitrary decisions leading to the overcentralisation of powers in India, which will hurt the federal structure of the country,” said Dr. Khan in a statement.Dr. Khan, who is an academic in the United States is the daughter of Suraiya Abdullah, youngest daughter of Sheikh Abdullah, founder of the National Conference, and Mohammad Ali Matto. She pointed out that she is as adversely impacted by the communication blockade in the Valley as other Kashmiris are.She asked how such a major decision could have been taken without consultation and any attempt to build consensus.
Dr. Khan said, “It is my belief that in a federal set-up the best way for emotional integration and national unity is not the over-centralisation of powers but its decentralisation leading to the restoration of power in the hands of the federating units, which have acceded to be a part of the federation of their own volition.“In a democracy, the majority will prevail, but it is equally incumbent on the majority to respect and defend the legitimate interests and sentiments of minorities and to alleviate their apprehensions,” she said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/dilution-of-article-370-was-arbitrary-says-nyla-ali-khan/article29088613.ece

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