Author Justice (r) Syed Manzoor Hussain Gillani retired as the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of AJK. He was educated in Srinagar, occupied Kashmir, and migrated to AJK in 1976; can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.
State Subject law in Jammu & Kashmir as guaranteed by Art. 35-A of Indian Constitution was created by Dogra Raj in 1927 to protect the economic interests of Kashmiri Pundits, but now Modi’s Hindutva politics has destroyed this constitutional guarantee in its attempts to change the Muslim identity of Kashmir. Gandhi had fought against British imperialists; now Hindutva India is running a colony of its own.
Ex senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of Azad Kashmir (AJK) argues that the AJK judiciary should be treated with the same respect and deference as its counterpart in Pakistan. He laments that summaries for the appointment of Chief Justices of Supreme Court and High Court remain pending before Chairman Kashmir Council for months - thanks to the scheming bureaucracy in Islamabad.