India set to withdraw Kashmir’s special status and split it in two

Move to split disputed state follows security crackdown and detention of politicians India is set to withdraw the special status of the disputed territory of Kashmir and split the state in two, in a move likely to face major resistance in the Muslim-majority state and escalate tensions with Pakistan. The proposal, which has been advocated by Hindu nationalists for decades, is the most radical change any government has suggested for Kashmirs status since the region was granted autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947. Quick guide Kashmir Show Hide Who controls Kashmir? The region in the foothills of the Himalayas has been under dispute sinceextreme forcein 2016, locals have made up a growing share of …