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Watch the promotional video for ‘Hamīñ Ast? A Biography of Article 370,’ Vidhi’s first digital book, launching on August 5th, 2022 at 6:30 PM at the Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, New Delhi. This is the first book from Navi Books the open-access digital book publishing website from the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Mr. Arvind P. Datar and Dr. Mridu Rai will be in discussion with Dr. Arghya Sengupta.


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 fractious relationship 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.

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