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A New, Uncertain Era Begins for Kashmir

Expand A paramilitary trooper patrols a street during the shutdown © Saqib Majeed / SOPA Images/Sipa USA Via AP images The Indian government’s decision to revoke special constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir state and create two federally governed territories came into effect today. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two territories have taken “a step towards a new future today.” But it’s not evident that future includes protecting the rights of Kashmiris, which have been under assault since even before the government announced the decision in August. Anticipating a backlash…

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