Kashmir Continued: Tensions Heighten 🌡
Modi revokes 1954 order
As we reported earlier this week, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in India revoked the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) special status, which was granted in 1954. In his first public statement since the annexation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the repeal as a decision that will benefit both India and Kashmir.
A reminder: why is the revocation significant?
Under Article 370, J&K could create its own laws and bear its own constitution. However, the Indian government would still control foreign affairs and defense and communications. As a result of this week’s events, Pakistan (which also has claims to the region) halted trade with India and lowered its diplomatic relations. Meanwhile, the UN called on both sides to have “maximum restraint.” Now under lock down, young Kashmiris grow fearful over their region’s fate.
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The right tends to heavily use Modi and BJP officials as sources. Articles will prioritize the PM’s claim that both Kashmir and India will benefit from the repeal. Far right publications will vilify Pakistan by covering supposedly bellicose government quotes. Conservative articles generally side with the Indian government, depicting the Pakistani government as belligerent.
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The left focuses heavily on who made the decision to repeal Article 370. Articles will remind that Modi’s government is both nationalistic and far right. Other outlets will stress Kashmir’s status as a Muslim-majority state losing its autonomy to a Hindu-dominant state - India. Liberal articles generally assume an anti-Modi stance, framing the Indian government as the aggressor.
Where's the common ground?
Common ground between the left and right is negligible. Although both sides will frame the repeal of Article 370 as a major event, the left reports events in favor of Kashmir and the right in favor of Modi. That said, some conservative Western publications analyze the plight of the Kashmiri people.
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