India Ratifies Bill Revoking Kashmir Special Status

Indian lawmakers passed a bill, Tuesday, August 6, which downgrades the governance of the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir. Lawmakers celebrated as they ratified the legislation, stripping Kashmir of much of its autonomy. Kashmir itself remained in lockdown Tuesday, with the streets largely empty, except for soldiers and military vehicles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Indian Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter Tuesday morning, calling his speech in the parliament “extensive and insightful,” adding that “it accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of J&K [Jammu and Kashmir].” (AP)