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The Protests In Kashmir That India Didn't Want You To See

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NEW DELHI-- Chants of “Long live Mother India!” and “down with Pakistan!” rang out in the streets, as crowds gathered to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak atop the massive, Mughal-era, Red Fort for Independence Day.

As Indian’s celebrated the birth of the world's biggest democracy, members of Modi’s massive fanbase hailed his recent revision to the constitution -- ending the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s special autonomy.

“I must say Modi is like a god to India today. Terrorism will end. The fact is that Kashmir is ours now.” Vijay Rashtravadi, a in New Delhi told VICE News.

Modi’s decision splits India’s only Muslim-majority state in two parts -- and into ‘Union Territories’ -- which means Kashmir will lose representatives in parliament, and the central government will have directly control.

The move has angered Pakistan, which lays claim to Kashmir. Their leader compared Modi’s “arrogance” to that of Hitler’s in a tweet on Thursday.

“It’s my hope that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir will be ours soon, also” Rashtravadi said. “It’s my hope Modi will quickly make it ours, too.”

While people paraded in the nation’s capital, independence celebrations in Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital, were orchestrated -- largely missing attendance by folks who actually live there.

“Kashmiri’s have lost 5,000 years of history as a country.” Hameeda Nayeem, a professor at Kashmir University told VICE News. “Overnight their identity, their dignity, their everything has been lost.”

The valley has been under lockdown for 12 days, as the government moved an additional 35,000 soldiers into the region. Internet and communications are blacked out, opposition politicians have been detained, and large public gatherings were banned.

“This is all bullshit,” Nayeem said. “They are actually hiding a dark Hindu fantasy of destroying Kashmiri Muslims and reducing them to a miniscule minority, so that they can always rule them and they will be enslaved.”

Kashmiri’s still protested --many waived Pakistani flags, and some were seen unfurling banners of a local Islamic-state affiliate.

While India initially denied protests last week, calling media reports “fabricated” they eventually recognized “widespread unrest.” Today, India announced it would start to ease its restrictions in Kashmir gradually.

“You are creating a dynamic which is pushing violence forward. Why is that done? That is also done deliberately to provoke this violence.” Dr. Ajai Sahni, Executive Director at the Institute for Conflict Management told VICE News. “So you create this whole demonization of the Muslim which assists in your Hindutva consolidation.”

Downgrading democracy is Kashmir is likely to push people towards an insurgency that Pakistan is accused of sponsoring -- feeding the popularity of recently re-elected Modi, who has styled himself as India’s Chowkidar, or “Guardian.”

Video produced by: Angad Singh, Zubair Ahmed Dar, Supreet J. Bargi and Akash Bisht
Video Editing by: Adam Deniston

This segment originally aired on VICE News Tonight on HBO on August 15th, 2019.



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Hardline Indian nationalists are celebrating while Kashmiris see a "dark Hindu fantasy."

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Look at the "Peaceful" Kashmiris, waving ISIS banners.

Author — Rex Rafael Collado

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Any other Indian here like me who just sees the likes and dislikes and knows everything 🙄

Author — Jasleen Sandhu

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Lahillahi illahllha - simple protest
One nation one constitution - Hindu nationalism
I love VICE 😂😂

Author — Rocky Rockz

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According to vice everything that modi does being a elected PM is hindu nationalism and the video start with only muslim majority state thing
On the other hand the people who are talking about ending terrorism are pictured as hindu nationlist

Author — Ankit Misra

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3:06 Opposite is what literally happened not even that long ago in the 90s with Kashmiri pandits. Such blatant lies. Pathetic, vice.

Author — Sl M

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the fact that you used the terms "Pakistan administered kashmir" and "Indian controlled kashmir" reflect your biasness !!

Author — Sourav kumar-skb

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It is nine months now and I am laughing at this news😅😅😤😤.

Author — Kanika Tyagi

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Looks like Indian government is finally looking to restore Kashmiri 5000 year old culture

Author — Prathamesh Pitre

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Half the views are from indians also half of them constitute to the like and dislike ratio

Author — Shafia Abdul

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"they want to reduce the muslims to a minority so that they can rule them", the people who have done this in the past only fear it, the exodus of the hindus, forced to flee 5 times. this finishes now, a new India awakens.

Author — kushagra kapoor

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1:29
IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Author — gamers arena

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isnt this just a story of one side, with inconclusive facts, aand misleading statements ?

Author — kunal panwar

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You want freedom, Freedom will be given and you will achieve 72's soon. who will talk about Kashmiri Pandits??? Aren't they human?

Author — Varun Bharadwaj

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Well we all know the story of Pharaoh .

Author — Programmers Valley

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out of all the footage, u wanted to stick only a child clip and women protest ??

Author — Thepac

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3:07 It is proved as always that manipulation, misunderstandings and hypocrisy is completely in their genes

Author — Dhruv Joshi

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3:26 that green top guy was enjoying himself and listen to the background voice parallelly😂😂😂
Lol

Author — Human Bng

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That lady at last saying she wants huriyat wali azadi at least edit the bias show 😂😂😂

Author — mayur magadalwar

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When army came for rescue during floods were where this azadhi mongers

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