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The Idea of ‘Second Thought’ and Article 370


Biases and prejudices in judgment and decision-making often arise at the level of the first thought, which occurs rather intuitively without much rational thinking. In the issue of the abrogation of Article 370 in relation to Kashmir, there are smaller parties such as the Janata Dal (United)(JD[U]), which on second thought has decided to support the central government’s decision. It is also interesting to note that some ­individual members of the Congress party, also on second thought, decided to support the decision in question. Smaller parties such as the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which claim to be political opponents of the central government, have on second thought extended their support to the government on its decision to do away with the special status for Kashmir.

These new supporters of the decision, in their own cognitive right, seem to have demonstrated the capacity to overcome the deficiencies in their first order thoughts which were in favour of the special status for Kashmir. These new supporters may show the propensity to self-doubt and subsequent self-correction, and hence the need for second thought. Such supporters might then feel infallible about the correctness in their reconsidered stand on Article 370. What is common to all these new supporters is the following: In their first order thoughts they (the JD[U] and some members of the Congress party) find the decision to ­support the special status for Kashmir problematic, a mistake, which, on second thought needs to be corrected. Reflective ­endorsement is based on the condition that the second order thought contains infallible knowledge of political judgment. The question that can be raised here is, does one find the infallible knowledge on the decision to drop crucial parts of Article 370? What is the moral strength of such a decision taken as an exercise in self-correction?

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Updated On : 13th Aug, 2019
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