Article 370: Explained for the Common Man
Author: Sumit Dutt Majumder
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Publisher: Niyogi Books
In August 2019 the Government of India reconstituted the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, with effect from 31 October 2019. Previously, Article 370 of the Constitution of India had granted the state of Jammu & Kashmir a special status. This special status was abrogated and the state more closely integrated into the Indian union, with the passing of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, by both houses of the Indian Parliament. This book seeks to clarify the issues surrounding Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, thus making readers more informed about this important constitutional, political and legal matter.
The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the author writes in a simple and lucid language, avoiding journalese, jargon and legalese, thereby making the issues accessible to the common man.
This book clarifies the role of Articles 370 & 35A in the Indian Constitution. It clearly explains the historical background of the Accession of Kashmir to India in 1947 and events thereafter. It incisively analyses the present situation, with special focus on the constitutional, political and legal implications of the abrogation of Article 370.
About the Author:
Sumit Dutt Majumder, former Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1974, after his Masters in Physics from IIT, Kharagpur. In the course of his career, he had dealt with various legal and constitutional issues and thus he is conversant with the nuances of the Constitution. On the GST Constitution Amendment Bill, he presented his views to the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha in 2015. He is the author of Customs Valuation Law and Practice and four books on GST, the latest one being GST: Explained for the Common Man.