Daniel Halliday
Aug 11 · Last update 5 days ago.
What’s behind the latest security crackdown in Kashmir?
The Kashmir Valley is one of the most militarised areas in the world, has been the location of more than one war between Pakistan and India, and now pilgrims and tourists have been warned to leave the region by the Indian government citing a terror threat and imminent militant attacks. This has come in combination with an imposed curfew, media and telecom blackout, and various Kashmiri politicians have been placed under house arrest as the Indian central government move forward with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, passed in early August 2019. The controversial bill revokes Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status, dividing the Ladakh region from the rest of Jammu and Kashmir while removing the region's constitutional privileges secured in Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. So with this in mind what is behind the massive security crackdown following the announcement of the Reorganisation Act? Is this security response justified? And is the Indian government justified in carrying out the Reorganisation Act in Jammu and Kashmir?
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The latest development in Kashmir seem to leave no end in sight for suffering in the region, with an Indian central government acting with impunity as the Indian military continues terrorising Kashmiris, carrying out war crimes that no one has currently been prosecuted for. This has followed just months after intense military posturing by India and Pakistan, and now Narendra Modi's government is executing their plan for Kashmir despite widespread criticism, while moving 35,000 more paramilitary troops into the region to join the already half a million, imposing curfews and generating a situation that has been likened to a siege. It is widely thought that the escalating Indian military presence, although justified as a security measure to oversee the Reorganisation Act, will become a permanent fixture of life in Kashmir, as Kashmiris doubt the extra troops will ever leave. But as many in the Indian government have criticised these actions, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, describes Modi as having a “Nazi ideology”, this increasingly seems a dangerous move on the Indian government’s part considering India's military history in Kashmir and the history shared by these two nuclear nations.

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