World India moves to divide Jammu and Kashmir state despite protests, attacks

09:25  30 october  2019
09:25  30 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India will formally split up disputed Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories on Thursday, aiming to tighten its grip on the restive region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for nearly three months.

A young Kashmiri girl watches the funeral proceedings of local rebel Mugees Ahmad Mir on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The body of Mir was recovered from the area hours after a rebel attack left a police officer dead on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)© Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo A young Kashmiri girl watches the funeral proceedings of local rebel Mugees Ahmad Mir on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The body of Mir was recovered from the area hours after a rebel attack left a police officer dead on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Street protests against the measures have erupted sporadically, while militants have killed about a dozen people from outside the state in recent weeks.

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Indian soldiers patrolling a deserted street in Kashmir on Tuesday.CreditRakesh Bakshi/Agence But to Mr. Modi’s critics, the decision was an attack at the heart of India ’s secular identity and a historic blow “The State of Jammu & Kashmir , with its oppressive Muslim-majority character, has been a

On 26 May 2008, the government of India and the state Government of Jammu and Kashmir reached an agreement to transfer 99 acres (0.40 km2) of forest land to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) in the main Kashmir valley to set up temporary shelters and facilities for Hindu pilgrims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government withdrew Kashmir's autonomy in August but in addition it also announced the division of the state into two territories to be directly ruled from New Delhi - one consisting of Jammu and Kashmir and the other the remote Buddhist enclave of Ladakh.

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At the same time it poured thousands of more troops into the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley where separatists have been fighting against Indian rule for decades, and made sweeping arrests to prevent any outbreak of violence.

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Any attack on India will by any adversaries will have serious repercussions in the state . Thus, if any attempt is done to divide the state (mainly into Jammu , kashmir and Ladakh), then there is a wider possibility that the northern India will become unstable, a situation feasible for Pakistan or China to

Election for the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir were held on 23 March 1987. Farooq Abdullah was reappointed as the Chief Minister. The election is widely perceived to have been rigged.

The government also imposed severe restrictions on travel and cut telephone and internet lines. Some measures have been scaled back but a security lockdown is still largely in place and broadband and mobile internet connections remain unavailable to most Kashmiris.

Schools and colleges are empty and most shops, restaurants and hotels shut. Hundreds of people, including mainstream political leaders and separatists fighting for Kashmir's secession from India, remain in custody for fear that they could whip up mass protests that have in the past turned violent.

Wajahat Habibullah, a former bureaucrat who served in Kashmir and traveled to the region's main city last month, said Kashmiris felt humiliated to lose their statehood.

"Whatever the attitude of (federal) governments in the past, they at least felt they had something of their own. Now, there is a kind of feeling of having lost whatever freedom they had," he said.

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Indian -administered Kashmir has been on lockdown since the Indian government decided on Monday to strip The population of the Indian -administered state of Jammu and Kashmir is more than 60 Neighbouring China has strongly opposed India 's move to revoke the article, calling it "unacceptable".

For Indians , control of Kashmir – part of the country’s only Muslim-majority state – has been proof of its commitment to religious pluralism. Despite Pakistan downplaying the impact of the attacks , Khan, whose successful election campaign last year featured strident promises to stand up to India , could

On Tuesday, suspected militants fighting Indian rule in Kashmir shot dead five construction workers who had come to work from eastern India.

Officials said the killings appeared to be part of a campaign to deter outsiders from working in Kashmir. Truckers involved in the apple trade were targeted earlier in the month, also in the southern part of Kashmir, a hotbed of militant activity.

Crowds have also been gathering this week in the streets of Srinagar, the biggest city in Kashmir, and elsewhere, throwing stones at security forces in protest against the continuing clampdown.


On Thursday, G. C. Murmu, a former bureaucrat from Modi's home state of Gujarat, will be sworn in as the first lieutenant governor of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government said.

Another former civil servant, Radha Krishna Mathur, will take office as the lieutenant governor of Ladakh, the Buddhist-dominated high altitude region that has long sought to disentangle itself from Kashmir, on grounds that the turmoil there had hurt its own growth prospects.

The Modi administration is hoping to ramp up tourism and infrastructure investment in Ladakh, known for its snow capped peaks and rocky desert plateaus, and is also an area of dispute with China which lays claims to parts of it.

Within the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, there are expectations that the takeover by the federal government will lead to development and shift the focus away from the Kashmir valley, where the insurgency is centered.

"There are three parts to this story, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The problem is confined to Kashmir and that too a handful of districts. Why should the rest of the state suffer," said a top official in New Delhi involved in the political strategy to deal with Kashmir.

(Additional reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal in New Delhi; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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