India’s Dangerous Move in Kashmir

JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA – JUNE 12, 2015 : Unknown Indian frontier guard. Indian Army checkpoint in Kashmir Himalayas. Kashmir became dangerous again

By Tim Willasey-Wilsey, Former Senior Member, British Foreign Office

Tim Willasey-Wilsey served for over 27 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is now Visiting Professor of War Studies at King's College, London. His first overseas posting was in Angola during the Cold War followed by Central America during the instability of the late 1980s. He was also involved in the transition to majority rule in South Africa and in the Israel/Palestine issue.

The Indian-administered area of Kashmir has been on lockdown since the Indian government said earlier this week that it was revoking the region of its special constitutional status.  That special status – defined by Articles 370 and 35A in the Indian constitution –  provided for the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its own laws.

The measure is likely to be challenged in court but has created new tensions between the two nuclear nations of India and Pakistan, which have held an uneasy status over the region dating back to 1947.

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