The region of Kashmir in India has enjoyed semi-autonomous status as a means to address concerns over Muslim minority rights. Its semi-autonomous status has now been stripped by India creating uncertainty. Dharvi Vaid (Srinagar) had this story in Deutsche Welle. Here is an excerpt:
On August 5, 2019, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its semi-autonomous status after India’s federal government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gave the state special rights, including its own constitution and flag.
The Muslim-majority region, which has a strong sense of tradition and identity separate from India, was divided into two federally controlled Union Territories — Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh.
The controversial move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government unleashed widespread unrest, and was followed by an increased deployment of troops in India-administered Kashmir, which was already heavily militarized.
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