Indian Prime Minister Modi Visits Kashmir Amid Resurgence of Violence

Recently elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently made headlines for a speech given and statements made during this week’s visit to India’s restive northern region of Jammu and Kashmir. The region, which still maintains a strong Indian military presence due to separatist activity in the region, has recently been afflicted by a series of attacks carried out by Islamic militants. The most recent attack took the lives of eight Indian soldiers and three police officers, and constituted the most violent such attack carried out in the region since 2007.

The visit by Modi has, nevertheless, been unique in its effectiveness. A speech given by the Indian prime minister at a cricket stadium in Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, generated praise among regional occupants, led to positive headlines in press typically critical of Delhi, and marked the first visit by an Indian national politician in many years.  As to be expected, the visit was criticized due to the security crackdown and disablement of all internet activity while Modi was in Srinagar, but nonetheless demonstrated the prime minister’s willingness to be seen and heard in Kashmir, something his most recent predecessors generally avoided. The visit has also been described as unique due to the relatively low amount of visible unrest and general passivity of the Kashmiri populace

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