Kashmir’s new status could bring demographic change, drawing comparisons to the West Bank

While India’s sudden decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomy has inflamed tensions with neighboring Pakistan, critics say the move could also drastically alter the demographic composition of the disputed territory itself — and some have warned it could come to resemble Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

By stripping Kashmir of its special status, India’s government has done away with a law that allowed Kashmir to limit land ownership and permanent residency to natives of the country’s only Muslim majority state. Analysts say the change could bring about a profound transformation of Kashmir’s population that would exacerbate unrest there.


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