Aug 2022

Launch of Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370

Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 6:30 pm-Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 9:00 pm

Join Vidhi for the launch of its digital book  ‘Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370′. This is the first book from Navi Books the open-access digital book publishing platform from theVidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

The launch will begin at 6:30 PM on August 5th, 2022  at the Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110003. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Mr. Arvind P. Datar and Dr. Mridu Rai will be in discussion with Dr. Arghya Sengupta. 

The event can also be attended virtually for those outside of Delhi. Register here.

A Santoor-Sitar Jugalbandi performed by  Saptarshi Mondal, Vijay Vishwakarma and Manoj Kumar Sharma will start the proceedings.


Co-authored by Arghya Sengupta, Jinaly Dani, Kevin James and Pranay Modi, Hamīñ Ast tells the untold story of how Jammu and Kashmir became a part of India in 1947, achieved special status in 1950, shared a fractiousrelationship with New Delhi for the next seven decades, only to be reduced to a Union Territory in 2019. 

This book is a journey of a provision of law from its cradle to its grave, through a contested birth, lawyerly mechanisms in its early years, endemic political skullduggery, episodic displays of judicial statesmanship and a sudden and swift demise. It  is an attempt to fill the void of sparse literature that exists on one of the most complex provisions of the Constitution of India.


  • WAJAHAT HABIBULLAH,  Former Chief Information Commissioner, Government of India;
  • MR. ARVIND P. DATAR, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India;
  • DR. MRIDU RAI, Author & Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata, will be in conversation with
  • DR. ARGHYA SENGUPTA, Founder and Research Director, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.


“Hamīñ Ast is a rare account which is well researched by the authors and based on actual events and documents. It is a useful reference book for students of constitutional law and politics.” – Dr. Karan Singh, Former Prince Regent and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir