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On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted Mark my
words & save this tweet long after Mr.
Narendra Modi Govt is a distant memory
either J&K wont be part of India or Article
370 will still exist. Article 370 is the ONLY
constitutional link between J&K & rest of
India. Talk of revocation of not just ill
informed its irresponsible.
But what exactly is Article 370 and why is
the Article so important to keep Jammu and
Kashmir as a part of India? Here are 10
facts that explain why:
1. According to the Constitution of India, Article 370 provides temporary provisions to the state of
Jammu and Kashmir, granting it special autonomy.
2. The article says that the provisions of Article 238, which was omitted from the Constitution in
1956 when Indian states were reorganized, shall not apply to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
3. Dr BR Ambedkar, the principal drafter of the Indian Constitution, had refused to draft Article
370.
4. In 1949, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru had directed Kashmiri leader Sheikh
Abdullah to consult Dr BR Ambedkar (then law
minister) to prepare the draft of a suitable
article to be included in the Constitution.
5. Article 370 was eventually drafted by
Gopalaswami Ayyangar
6. Gopalaswami Ayyangar was a minister
without portfolio in the first Union Cabinet of
India. He was also a former Diwan to Maharajah
Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir
7. Article 370 is drafted in Amendment of the Constitution section, in Part XXI, under Temporary
and Transitional Provisions.
8. The original draft explained the Government of the State means the person for the time being
recognized by the President as the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of the
Council of Ministers for the time being in office under the Maharajas Proclamation dated the fifth
day of March, 1948.
9. On November 15, 1952, it was changed to the Government of the State means the person for
the time being recognized by the President on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of
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Council of Ministers of the State for the time being in office.
10. Under Article 370 the Indian Parliament cannot increase or reduce the borders of the state.

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