India Imposes Political Rule on Autonomous Region of Kashmir

Published August 8th, 2019 - 06:35 GMT

On Monday, the Indian government announced that Kashmir’s constitutionally-mandated autonomy would be revoked and political rule imposed from Delhi. 

This northern territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan and ruled in part by each, had been largely autonomous since it agreed to join India in 1947 as its only Muslim-majority state.

Now the government has revoked that autonomy, bypassing the Kashmiri legislature, arresting local politicians, and redrawing the political map. 

Something sinister was brewing in Kashmir over the previous week. India suddenly pushed in thousands of paramilitary forces to add to the already present half a million soldiers that tightly control Kashmiri lives in the region. These forces were deployed in strength in major towns and cities, blocking entry and exit points.

The hard-right Hindu nationalist Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attempted to clamp down on any voices of dissent emanating from the restive region. This, however, has not stopped Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris around the world from attempting to raise awareness of the clampdown.

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Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore  ARIF ALI / AFP

Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore ARIF ALI / AFP

Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), chant anti-Indian slogans during a protest near the Pakistan-India Wagah border.  ARIF ALI / AFP

Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), chant anti-Indian slogans during a protest near the Pakistan-India Wagah border. ARIF ALI / AFP

Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), burn a photograph of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Peshawar  ABDUL MAJEED / AFP

Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), burn a photograph of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Peshawar ABDUL MAJEED / AFP

Labourers from across India working in Kashmir buy bus tickets at a counter of Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Reception Centre (JKTRC) to leave the city due to the heightened security situation in Srinagar  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Labourers from across India working in Kashmir buy bus tickets at a counter of Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Reception Centre (JKTRC) to leave the city due to the heightened security situation in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Pakistani Kashmiri people shout anti-Indian slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on August 7, 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge at the UN security council India's decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, a move he warned could provoke conflict in the region. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Pakistani Kashmiri people shout anti-Indian slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on August 7, 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge at the UN security council India's decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, a move he warned could provoke conflict in the region. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

A Kashmiri woman holds a child as she looks on outside her damaged house following recently cross border shelling at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir  SAJJAD QAYYUM / AFP

A Kashmiri woman holds a child as she looks on outside her damaged house following recently cross border shelling at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir SAJJAD QAYYUM / AFP

Protestors and social activists take part in a protest in Kolkata on August 6, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.  Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

Protestors and social activists take part in a protest in Kolkata on August 6, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

A closed shop is pictured during curfew in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

A closed shop is pictured during curfew in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu on August 7, 2019. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir's main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said on August 7. Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu on August 7, 2019. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir's main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said on August 7. Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister on August 6 hailed "historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control, as New Delhi stepped up its clampdown on dissent in the restive Muslim-majority region. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister on August 6 hailed "historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control, as New Delhi stepped up its clampdown on dissent in the restive Muslim-majority region. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore  ARIF ALI / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), chant anti-Indian slogans during a protest near the Pakistan-India Wagah border.  ARIF ALI / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), burn a photograph of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Peshawar  ABDUL MAJEED / AFP
Labourers from across India working in Kashmir buy bus tickets at a counter of Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Reception Centre (JKTRC) to leave the city due to the heightened security situation in Srinagar  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
Pakistani Kashmiri people shout anti-Indian slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on August 7, 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge at the UN security council India's decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, a move he warned could provoke conflict in the region. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
A Kashmiri woman holds a child as she looks on outside her damaged house following recently cross border shelling at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir  SAJJAD QAYYUM / AFP
Protestors and social activists take part in a protest in Kolkata on August 6, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.  Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
A closed shop is pictured during curfew in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu on August 7, 2019. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir's main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said on August 7. Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister on August 6 hailed "historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control, as New Delhi stepped up its clampdown on dissent in the restive Muslim-majority region. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP
Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore  ARIF ALI / AFP
Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore ARIF ALI / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), chant anti-Indian slogans during a protest near the Pakistan-India Wagah border.  ARIF ALI / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), chant anti-Indian slogans during a protest near the Pakistan-India Wagah border. ARIF ALI / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), burn a photograph of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Peshawar  ABDUL MAJEED / AFP
Students of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), burn a photograph of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Peshawar ABDUL MAJEED / AFP
Labourers from across India working in Kashmir buy bus tickets at a counter of Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Reception Centre (JKTRC) to leave the city due to the heightened security situation in Srinagar  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
Labourers from across India working in Kashmir buy bus tickets at a counter of Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Reception Centre (JKTRC) to leave the city due to the heightened security situation in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
Pakistani Kashmiri people shout anti-Indian slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on August 7, 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge at the UN security council India's decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, a move he warned could provoke conflict in the region. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Pakistani Kashmiri people shout anti-Indian slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad on August 7, 2019. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to challenge at the UN security council India's decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, a move he warned could provoke conflict in the region. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
A Kashmiri woman holds a child as she looks on outside her damaged house following recently cross border shelling at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir  SAJJAD QAYYUM / AFP
A Kashmiri woman holds a child as she looks on outside her damaged house following recently cross border shelling at the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistan and India, in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-administered Kashmir SAJJAD QAYYUM / AFP
Protestors and social activists take part in a protest in Kolkata on August 6, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.  Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
Protestors and social activists take part in a protest in Kolkata on August 6, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP
A closed shop is pictured during curfew in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
A closed shop is pictured during curfew in Srinagar Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu on August 7, 2019. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir's main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said on August 7. Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu on August 7, 2019. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir's main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said on August 7. Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister on August 6 hailed "historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control, as New Delhi stepped up its clampdown on dissent in the restive Muslim-majority region. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister on August 6 hailed "historic" legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control, as New Delhi stepped up its clampdown on dissent in the restive Muslim-majority region. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP