Article 370 of the Indian constitution grants certain special privileges to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Such as: • Duration of the state's Assembly is six years, not five like the rest of India. • They have a separate flag. • Indian citizens cannot buy property in J&K • The Indian Parliament has only limited reach in J&K. Only Defense, External affairs and a few other domains. • Basically the Article grants these special privileges only to Kashmir's "Permanent Residents". What is the Consequence of repealing Article 370?
Technically Kashmir never fully merged with India in 1947. The only legal document that is in force today that deals with the relationship between the Republic of India and J&K state is the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Repealing it is only the first step in a very long, tough legal process that may or may not lead to J&K's full merger with India.