Article 370: India Strips Disputed Kashmir of Special Status
India's government has revoked part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered
Kashmir special status, prompting fears of unrest.
Article 370 is sensitive because it guarantees significant autonomy for the
The measure was accompanied by a telecoms and media blackout which began on Sunday
There is a long-running insurgency on the Indian side. India and Pakistan fought
several conflicts over Kashmir.
For many Kashmiris, Article 370 was the main justification for being a part of India
and by revoking it, the BJP has irrevocably changed Delhi's relationship with the
region, the BBC's Geeta Pandey reports from Delhi.
Meanwhile India's parliament is expected to pass a bill splitting Indian-administered
Kashmir into two territories governed directly by Delhi. . . .
[In November 1947, thousands of Muslims were massacred in Jammu region by mobs and
paramilitaries led by the army of Dogra ruler Hari Singh.
The exact number of casualties in the killings that continued for two months is not
known but estimates range from 20,000 to 237,000 and nearly half million forced into
displacement across the border into the newly created nation of Pakistan and its
administered part of Kashmir.--Rifat Fareed, "The forgotten massacre that ignited the Kashmir
dispute," aljazeera.com,November 6, 2017]
[Most experts agree that the sole purpose of this change in the status of Kashmir is
gentrification of the Valley. It would allow Hindu nationalists to buy land in Kashmir
and change the demographics.--S. Amjad Hussain, "Actions in Kashmir should not
be overlooked," toledoblade.com, August 14, 2019]