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Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and the Asian Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, launched a series of five panel discussions with leading academics titled, ‘Understanding Kashmir and The Nullification of article 370: Law, History and Politics’. The fifth and final panel on ‘Democracy and Constitutionalism’ took place on 30th November 2021.

In this panel, the speakers focussed on the abrogation of Article 35A and Article 370. The presentations covered the status of ‘permanent residents’ of Jammu and Kashmir, after the abrogation of Article 35A which conferred them special rights. They also considered the legal history of Article 370, the circumstances of its drafting and the legality of its abrogation.


  • MONA BHAN, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • HALEY DUSCHINSKI, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Ohio University
  • JINALY DANI, Senior Resident Fellow, Legal Design & Regulation
  • PRANAY MODI, Project Fellow, Legal Design & Regulation
  • KEVIN JAMES, Research Associate, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP)

Dr. Arghya Sengupta, Founder and Research Director at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy and Professor Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History & Director of the Asian Studies Centre, University of Oxford are the moderators of this series.

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