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Panic in Kashmir helps Modi deflect attention from sinking economy, even if fear is real

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Everybody’s calling up everybody else, asking the same question: What on earth is happening in Kashmir?

The speculation is endless. Is the government planning to abrogate Article 35A overnight, thus leading to likely protests and violence in Kashmir? Is the government planning to abrogate Article 370 overnight, which gives J&K state a special status under the Indian Constitution? Is the Modi government planning to trifurcate the state overnight, making Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh three different states, which most people think will further alienate Kashmiris and won’t be in India’s national interest? Or, is this to sanitise the state so that Modi can shift his Independence Day address from Red Fort to Lal Chowk?

It’s interesting that nobody who’s not a Modi supporter is willing to believe the given reason: a terror alert. That’s because anti-Modi people don’t trust Modi’s word.

That is how deep the polarisation in India today is.

Also read: PM Modi won’t hoist tricolour in Kashmir, no plan now to scrap Article 35A, govt says

Consequently, anti-Modi people are again........

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