A nagging and burning issue that has captured the imagination of Kashmiris is the putative attempt to abrogate Article 35 A. It may be recalled that the article in contention, among other things, allows Jammu and Kashmir to define permanent residents of the region. The article has legal, social and political connotations besides ideational and identity ones. A certain NGO, which appears to be a stalking horse and a proxy for larger political forces has challenged the validity of Article 35 A and after deferrals, the Supreme Court of India will be hearing the case in a couple of days. It stretches imagination and credulity to even think that the said article is being tinkered with and the Court is hearing the appeal against it. Politically, it is a statement of the fact that Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy is a pale shadow of what it was. The region’s autonomy was gradually eroded by New Delhi through and by pliant Chief Ministers, usually propped up. But, despite the damage done to Jammu and Kashmir, a blatant potential assault as the abrogation of Article 35 was never carried out till now. The name of the game for powers that be, in terms of abrogating the said article , appears to be a fuller assimilation of Kashmir into the Indian Union and thus undercut the nature of the issue, through am assimilationary dynamic. All this amounts to a dissolution of Kashmir and its various corollaries, political, economic, social and cultural. Broadly speaking, identity, even though falling in the domains of the abstract but intangible forms, is a powerful and compelling theme or even idea, as the drift of the contemporary world suggests. Whatever the real nature of identity, it is a compelling construct that is indelibly associated with the psycho emotional worlds of people. Abrogation of Article 35 A , in this sense, besides its politico legal implications and consequences, appears to be a frontal assault on the identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is then imperative and incumbent upon the people of the region to resist this encroachment , politico legally. Kashmir and its people have been victims of turbulence of all sorts. The hope is that there is no additional turbulence on account of the ideological predilections of certain political forces who want to impose their ideas and ideational grids on Jammu and Kashmir. Let prudence and reason reign!