Endorsing the Narendra Modi government’s decision to revoke Article 370, Senior Indian lawyer Harish Salve said that sometimes you had to cut the Gordian Knot and the government has done it. To withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is nothing but correcting a mistake, he observed.
Speaking to reporters at the Indian High Commission in London yesterday, Mr Salve described Pakistan’s reaction to the move as a sign of complete bankruptcy because Kashmir is an integral part of India.
Mr Salve said, not just the Indian Constitution, the Kashmir Constitution says Kashmir is an integral part of India. Kashmir, being an integral part of India, has never been in doubt, except in certain Pakistani minds.
He was talking to reporters following a landmark judgment by the Royal Courts of Justice in favour of the Indian government in relation to funds associated with the Nizam of Hyderabad dating back to Partition in 1947. As a key member of the legal team on behalf of India, the lawyer hailed the verdict as an important endorsement of India’s long-held stance against Pakistan in the UK court.