Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AP

Indian PM Narendra Modi insists Kashmir decision will be ‘big inspiration’ despite backlash

  • Parts of Kashmir that India controls have been under lockdown since August 4, with freedom of movement restricted and phones and the internet cut
  • Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947, and has been the spark for two major wars
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AP
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Indian security forces personnel patrol the streets in Srinagar after the government scrapped Kashmir’s special status. Photo: Reuters

Is India’s Kashmir move an attempt to shift its Muslim demographic?

  • The fear Muslim numbers will overtake Hindus in certain parts of the country is an old clarion call of Narendra Modi’s BJP and its base
  • Critics fear Kashmiris are being reduced to a minority in their own state as the BJP tries to ramp up numbers and support there
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Indian security forces personnel patrol the streets in Srinagar after the government scrapped Kashmir’s special status. Photo: Reuters
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