De spanningen tussen India en Pakistan duren al ruim 70 jaar. Een strijd die zich vooral richt op de deelstaat Kashmir.
Het Indiase deel van Kashmir was een autonome regio aan de grens met Pakistan, maar recent trok de Indiase hindoe-nationalistische regering die speciale status in. Artikel 370, waar de autonome status van Kashmir in is vastgelegd, werd ongeldig verklaard door New Delhi. Daarna werd de regio afgesloten van de buitenwereld.
Analysis: Modi defends move to revoke Kashmir’s special status
Modi has defended his decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status, saying the move is to ensure the idea of “one nation, one constitution”, which he said will foster growth in the troubled region.
Modi made the statement at the 73rd anniversary celebration of Indian independence in New Delhi.
“We don’t believe in delaying solving problems, we also don’t let problems fester,” Modi said, saying two-thirds of both houses of Indian parliament approved the plan.
PM Modi vows to ‘restore’ Kashmir’s ‘past glory’ – BBC News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status would restore the region to its “past glory”. He said Kashmir will play an “important role” in India’s development during his Independence Day speech on Thursday. He said Article 370, the constitutional provision that granted it special status, had only encouraged corruption.
Mr Modi did not refer to the lockdown and communications blackout imposed in Kashmir since the decision last week. He made the remarks during his Independence Day speech at the iconic Red Fort in the capital Delhi on Thursday.
India celebrates Independence Day one day after Pakistan, which was partitioned from India in 1947.