Modi's vision of a Hindu India advanced by Kashmir changes

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Indian policemen stand guard during a curfew in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. Modi’s vision of a Hindu India took a leap forward with his government’s decision in August, 2019, to subsume Kashmir into the federal government by eliminating its special status and allowing anyone to buy property and move into the state, raising fears among residents that they will lose their distinct identity. Modi’s home minister, Amit Shah, considered the architect of the Hindu nationalist-led government’s aggressive agenda to convert India from a secular, multicultural democracy into a distinctly Hindu, culturally and politically homogenous state, sold the new policy on Kashmir to parliament by equating it with Pakistan, India’s staunch foe.

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