Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) in a statement on Friday requested the Supreme Court to indefinitely adjourn the next hearing of Article 35A, which is slated for 6 August, "till the situation is conductive for deliberating on the issue".
"The article is of prime importance to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and very basic to their identity and existence. Any tampering with it would lead to bloodshed in the state and the people will save it with their blood," the KCSDS said in a statement released to the press after holding an emergency meeting with several civil society members. "The present situation is not conducive for hearing because the state is under governor's rule who for all practical purposes is the representative of the union of India and not that of people of Kashmir, state government."
KCSDS spokesperson said the article is of political nature which is enshrined in Indian constitution as a guarantor of the residual sovereignty of the state. "The state subject law, its ethnic protection is guaranteed even in international law. This constitutional commitment of the Indian state to Jammu and Kashmir to safe guard its exclusive rights on its land and state subject law can't be tampered with," the statement added, requesting the SC to "adjourn the hearing indefinitely till the situation is conducive for deliberating on the issue."
KCSDS also appeal to all saner voices in India to "join us in safeguarding the basic constitutional protection of the exclusive rights of state subject law to the people of the state," adding that earlier verdicts of the court on such sensitive matters is proof that these sacred guarantees could not be scrapped, revoked or tampered with unilaterally.