You may have seen in the news recently that India is having large-scale protests. Students marched at a campus and were beaten with batons and tear gas was deployed.
The shutdown in the Kashmir Valley was originally due to separatism and terrorism, according to the Indian government, but then, consequently, another city named Guwahati has also been shut down in lieu of the new citizenship act they have passed. The citizenship act allows six different religious groups to migrate to and become citizens of the country. The one religion it does not allow, though? Islam.
On October 5th, India removed autonomous provisions from the state of Kashmir, which began the protests. In doing so, they removed their ability to vote in elections as well. It has been 134 days without internet in the area.
Jammu and Kashmir, as the region is referred to, was once independent, but eventually under article 370 seceded into India. It granted the country “semi-autonomous” status, though, which allowed it to make its own laws.
Pakistan, though, which borders the Kashmir valley opposite of India, also claims to have ownership of the state.
The main difference between India and Pakistan?
India is mostly Hindu.
Pakistan is mostly Islamic.
This divide has caused further schism in the country caught in the middle of the two religions.
The local chamber of commerce has already estimated 1.4 billion dollars in losses relating to economic activity that has been restricted.
Doctors have lost patients due to not being able to reach out to specialists in time.
Students are having a hard time filing for exams they have been studying for years in anticipation of.
Professors who have to publish journals internationally are taking a month to get 2 minutes worth of work done.
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