Kashmir: Modi will make his first trip to Srinagar since the special status was revoked

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is scheduled to visit the Kashmir valley, which is predominantly Muslim, for the first time since the region’s semi-autonomy was revoked in 2019. Not many weeks before the dates of India’s general elections are revealed, Mr. Modi will speak at a rally in Srinagar. According to reports, hundreds of people will be mobilized by his Bharatiya Janata Party to attend the ceremony despite heavy security. Tens of thousands of people have died in an armed uprising against Indian control in the disputed territory since the 1980s.


Mr. Modi’s government declared the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution shortly after he was re-elected in 2019. This move was part of his electoral platform. The state of Jammu and Kashmir was given considerable autonomy under the article, including the freedom to have its own flag, legislature, constitution, and laws.The state was the only one in India where the majority of people were Muslims. Following the repeal of Article 370, the 12 million residents of the state were split between two federally managed regions: the isolated, mountainous Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.


Many of Mr. Modi’s fans in India supported the decision, which frightened the people and upset regular life in the area and involved the deployment of tens of thousands of additional Indian troops ahead of time. The former state closed its schools and colleges, ordered tourists to leave, suspended phone and internet access, and placed local political leaders under house arrest or transferred them to jails in different areas of India. Analysts predict that the BJP’s campaign in the area for the upcoming general election would be shaped by Mr. Modi’s visit on Thursday. Prior to the elections, the BJP has not forged an alliance with any political party.

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