Actress Kangana Ranaut says that the Indian government should now seriously think of scrapping Article 370. The actress said that no one in our country should have confusion over where the person belongs. Talking to a news portal, the Manikarnika star expressed her anger over Pulwama attacks under which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred on February 14, Thursday. Kangana further said that banning Pakistani artistes from working in the Indian film industry is a right move considering it shows that we stand united with our people, the families of the martyrs and our government.

Speaking on the abolition of Article 370, Kangana told The National Reporter, “Our anger is justified. We should use this time to do something constructive. And it is my sincere request to our prime minister that Article 370 should be completely scrapped. I feel that after so many years of Independence, no state in our country should face confusion as to where they belong.”

She added that we, the people of India should stand united, the way the people of Pakistan have with their men. Kangana said, “People in Pakistan love our films and love us but somewhere we need to draw the line. There is a religion for everything, war also has its own religion. In this, we are with our country. And the people of Pakistan should be inspired. They are with their country and we are with ours. There are no two ways about it. We are with our soldiers, our government and our soil.”

Kangana Ranaut (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images/ India.com)

Commenting on the ban, she said, “There should be no conflict. If families of the soldiers are hurt then why should we entertain Pakistani artists? Emotions of the families are most important right now.”

Earlier, in a controversial statement, the actress slammed veteran actress Shabana Azmi for allegedly being anti-national. She said, “People like Shabana Aazmi calling for halt on cultural exchange, they are the ones who promote Bharat tere Tukade honge gangs…. why did they organise an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artists have been banned after Uri attacks and now they are trying to save face. Film industry is full of such anti-nationals who boost enemies morals in many ways but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions…. Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is.”

What is Article 370? (as mentioned by Indian jurist DD Basu in his book, a commentary on Constitution of India)

Jammu and Kashmir is a Constituent State of the Indian Union, but its Constitutional position, and its relations with the Central Government, somewhat differ from that of the other States. Article 370 is a special provision for amending the Constitution of India in its application to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 is the sole repository of the Constitutional morality which has been governing the relationship with the State of Jammu Kashmir.

The essence of clauses (1) (b) (i) and (1) (b) (ii) combined is that laws of Parliament on matters in the Union List and the Concurrent List can be made for Jammu and Kashmir State only after ‘consultation’ with the State Government or after ‘concurrence’ of the State government depending on the subject matter of the law.

Article 370 empowers the President to adapt the Constitutional provisions applied or to be applied to the State of Jammu and Kashmir in the light of the situation existing in the State from time to time.

Article 370 assumes a permanent character. The Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir did not decide to remain as an independent and sovereign State. The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir therefore, explicitly laid down under section 3 that “the State of Jammu and Kashmir is
and shall be an integral part of the Union of India”.

Article 370 provides that with the prior recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, the President may, by public notification, declare that this Article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify.