ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Muhammad Mutahhar Amin

Waqf Laws in India

Over the last few years, waqf and its associated laws have been the centre of attention in political and legal circles. While these laws are scrutinised on the principles of religious equality and secularism, the very process of secularisation and economisation present in the genesis of these laws is neglected. This article attempts to lay bare the undercurrents in these laws, bringing forth theological, historical, and legal perspectives of these laws.

Delimitation of J&K

After a long period of two years, the process of delimiting the assembly and parliamentary constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir has finally come to an end. The union government went on with the process of delimitation with unflinching focus, disregarding the immense opposition to this exercise by most political parties on the ground. It is essential to enumerate the basic aspects of this delimitation, and analyse how these can have profound political consequences in the union territory of J&K.

Land Laws of Jammu and Kashmir

The new land laws implemented by the union government in Jammu and Kashmir are cataclysmic, as they seek to upend a legal structure that emerged out of one of the most successful land reforms in South Asia. The earlier land order is considered one of the main reasons for the lower levels of poverty in the region and sustaining a distinct political, economic and cultural milieu within J&K. These new laws therefore do not merely affect land transactions but can potentially alter the basic societal structure of J&K.

 

The Domicile Law of Jammu and Kashmir

The domicile law introduced in the newly created union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has aggravated the already deteriorating situation. The policy is a result of a historical, political and policy myopia of the current dispensation, which has failed to understand the significance of the earlier permanent residency laws for different communities across the erstwhile state of J&K. It has evoked fear of demographic change, loss of economic and cultural rights and has engineered profound changes in the political structure of the region.