The Truth about Article 370

Thanks to the author’s rediff columns got to know Arvind Lavakare. A couple of weeks ago Arvindji was nice enough to present me with his latest work ‘The Truth About Article 370’. The book was an eye opener. Now I looked at the Art 370 issue rationally not emotionally as most of us do. I suggest that every keen student of Indian history reads this book.

While I have reproduced the book verbatim on esamskriti, you have the option of buying one. If you live within Mumbai cost of book and courier charges is Rs 50/, if you live anywhere else within India cost of book + delivery charges is Rs 125/. If you live outside India then mail me location, will check courier cost and let you know the cost to you. You can pay cheque or demand draft in favor of Mail me ie Sanjeev Nayyar at for payment details. Read about Arvind Lavakare after the table. For your convenience I am reproducing the book index –

Sr No Contents Page Nos
I. Historical Background 7
1.1 The Instrument of Accession 10
1.2 Patel’s ‘basket of apples’ 11
1.3 Article 306-A 14
II. Text of Article 370 21
III. Content Analysis 23
IV. Article’s Effects 30
IV.1 Legislative Exceptions 31
IV.2 Constitutional Connections 34
IV.3 Constitutional Exemptions 37
IV.4 Constitutional Modifications 43
V. ‘Temporary’ vs. ‘Special’. 48
VI. Most Autonomous State 51
VII. Most Pampered State 56
VIII. The Monster 59
IX. Two Irritants 64
X. Abrogation of Article 66
XI. Concluding Remarks 69
Appendix I – Signed Instrument of Accession 74
II – Matters for Dominion Legislature 76
III – Specimen Constitution Order 78
IV - The Delhi Agreement, 1952 80
V – Items excluded from Parliament’s Purview for Jammu & Kashmir 83
VI – Delink Jammu & Ladakh from Valley 87
VII – No point in keeping Ladakh as part of J & K 90

Arvind Lavakare, 68, a post-graduate in Economics from Mumbai University, began service doing research on rural credit in Reserve Bank of India. A table tennis player of note in his teens and an accredited cricket empire in the city, he became popular as a sports freelancer from 1957 onwards besides doing regular sports programs on Akashwani and Doordarshan. Professionally qualified in Advertising and Public Relations, he served in various prominent companies before retiring in February 1997 as General Manager – Corporate Relations of Century Rayon. Thereafter, he took to political writing and has been a regular columnists for with Jammu & Kashmir being his forte. This book on article 370 is indicative of the analytical and studied approach he has brought to his writings all these years. He lives a retired life in Mumbai with his wife and son’s family. He can be reached on

From Arvindji we can learn how to use time productively, contribute to society in a positive way. How old we are, working or retired does not matter, they only reflect the state of the mind. When we are passionate and motivated from within nothing deters us. Hope you enjoy reading this book.

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