In a surprising turn of events, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the recent Supreme Court ruling on Article 370 as a historic moment for Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The PM emphasized that the decision goes beyond legalities, marking a beacon of hope and progress for the region.
PM Modi’s Optimistic Note
Today’s Supreme Court verdict on the abrogation of Article 370 is historic and constitutionally upholds the decision taken by the Parliament of India on 5th August 2019; it is a resounding declaration of hope, progress and unity for our sisters and brothers in Jammu, Kashmir and…
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2023
After the verdict, PM Modi assured the resilient people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh that their dreams were top priorities. He pledged an unwavering commitment to ensuring that the benefits of progress reach every corner of society, particularly the vulnerable and marginalized affected by Article 370. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the Union Government’s decision to abrogate Article 370. The ruling highlighted that every decision made by the Centre regarding a State could not be legally challenged, preventing the state’s administration from grinding to a standstill.
Temporary Provision Debunked
Addressing the temporary nature of Article 370. The Court clarified that it was an interim arrangement due to wartime conditions in the state. The proclamation was made by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1949. The subsequent events signified the surrender of sovereignty to India by Jammu and Kashmir.
Presidential Power Validated
The Court declared the exercise of Presidential Power under Article 370 as valid. Thus, it was meant for the constitutional integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union, not disintegration. The concurrence of the State government was deemed unnecessary for the application of all provisions of the Constitution using Article 370(1)(d).
Election Commission’s Directive
In a significant development, the Supreme Court directed the Election Commission to conduct Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections by September 30, 2024. The restoration of statehood was also urged to be expedited, aligning with the Centre’s commitment to the region’s overall development.
CJI Chandrachud’s Verdict
Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, leading a five-judge Constitution Bench. Thus, it asserted that the Court believes Article 370 is a ‘temporary provision.’ He highlighted that Jammu and Kashmir no longer hold any internal sovereignty after accinging to the Union of India. While the Chief Justice delivered the final verdict, other judges expressed their observations. The Court emphasized that the President’s power for the everyday running of business could not be subject to regular judicial review. The limitations on the Union’s power in states during the proclamation of presidential rule were acknowledged.
Bollywood Buzz Reaction
The entertainment world, known for its pulse on societal shifts, has also reacted to the verdict. Bollywood celebrities have taken to social media to express their views on this landmark decision. Also, many echo the sentiments of unity and progress as the Supreme Court’s decision reverberates through the nation. Thus, how the political landscape in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh will evolve remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Bollywood and the entertainment industry continue to shape public opinion, with celebrities sharing their thoughts on this historic ruling. Stay tuned for more updates on this unfolding saga!