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A photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day in New Delhi, on August 15, 2019

Modi changes India’s Kashmir policy

For decades, India’s posture on the contested state of Jammu and Kashmir has been relatively stable, allowing autonomy in the region and seeking an agreement with Islamabad. Relations with Sunni Kashmiris have increasingly frayed, however, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun to shift its policy radically. India has ended the region’s special status and is moving to reshape the political landscape there in its favor, risking a violent backlash, rising tensions with Pakistan, and diplomatic pressure.     

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