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

A+| A| A-

Article 370 of the Constitution

A Genesis

A brief history of why Article 370 of the Constitution was framed in a certain manner and the importance of the text of the Article from the viewpoint of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The princely states comprised almost half of the Indian territories in the subcontinent at the time of the proclamation of 1858 by the British colonial powers and their princes enjoyed full sovereignty in the internal matters subject only to the paramountcy of the British Crown. These territories together were referred to as Indian India in contrast to the rest of India, which by now had come to be known as British Indiathe territories directly administered by the British Crown.

The princely state of Jammu and Kashmir was one such state of the Indian India ruled by the Dogra lineage of kings under British paramountcy. The history of this ruling family is chronicled by Kalhana in his well-known classicRajatarangini (12th century CE) meaning the River of Kings written in Sanskrit verse and widely credited as the first book of history of the region. Maharaja Hari Singh of this lineage was the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir during the turning point of the states history in 1947.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).


Pay
INR 59

(Readers in India)


Pay
$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.