Article 370 revoked: Modi, Shah bust India's biggest political myth, deal death blow to conflict profiteers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah's calculation was that if the influence of the power brokers in Kashmir was restricted and enough contingency measures were taken to ensure the maintenance of law and order, then Article 370, one of India’s greatest political myths can be successfully busted.

The Narendra Modi government’s move to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir has likely put an end to 'conflict entrepreneurship' in the Valley — one of the most lucrative political ventures that for decades served the cause of a few elite political dynasties in the Valley and New Delhi.

‘Conflict entrepreneurship’, as some commentators have put it, refers to the neat way of bagging political and other lucrative dividends by putting up the bogey of Kashmir’s ‘special status’ as some sort of a Rubicon that cannot be crossed without hitting the ‘self-destruct’ button. For these political dynasties, who took turns to corner power in the state, backed by a Machiavellian government at the Centre, which had an unwritten pact of compliance, Article 370 was not an instrument of accession but an instrument of blackmail that could be used at will to maintain status quo in the Valley.

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