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Suspension of Article 370: Assessment of Modis Kashmir Masterstroke under Hindutva Ideology
The establishment of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) during 1940-1944 in the state of Jammu &
Kashmir paved way for the execution of Hindutva ideology. With the rise
of BJP in the center, Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished ‘article
370’ stripping Kashmir from its special status on 5 August 2019. The socalled ‘Modi’s masterstroke’ is aimed at converting Muslim majority into
a minority. The move has provoked widespread public protests in the
region, leading to the imposition of prolonged curfew and suspension of
basic human rights in the state. This paper would highlight the effects of
Hindutva ideology and the impact of the recent ‘Modi’s masterstroke’
on the region. It would also scrutinize the role of RSS backed BJP in
creating a ‘life imprisonment’ situation for the Muslim majority state.
PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Professor, Faculty of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.