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What Is Happening In Kashmir?

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Kashmir is no stranger to conflict, and after a controversial move from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there are fears the region could be heading for further bloodshed.

Tensions began rising earlier this week, when Modi suddenly stripped the region of a special status - Article 370 of the constitution - that protects many of its residents.

But Kashmir’s tumultuous story goes much further back than August 2019.

As protests take place and curfews remain enforced, here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening.

A Geography Refresher

First of all: Kashmir itself. In recent news reports, “Kashmir” is being used to refer to one part of a large region, which actually straddles Pakistan, India and China.

Each of the three countries administers different territories within Kashmir. The part within Indian borders is the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan administers Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and China has Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.

The region has been at the centre of countless disputes (and the site of wars) throughout history. Its current state – with each country effectively having part Kashmir – was brought about after the partition of India in 1947. While the split has been in place for decades, both India and Pakistan still claim the whole region in its entirety. Two of the three........

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