Modi spoke Thursday in an Independence Day address from India’s Mughal-era Red Fort in New Delhi as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for an 11th day.
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The lockdown and a near-complete communications blackout affecting about four million residents of the Kashmir Valley have been in place since Aug. 4, just before a presidential order to subsume the Muslim-majority region into India’s federal government by downgrading it from a state to a union territory.
A new law allows anyone to buy land there.
Modi says that Kashmir’s former status led to “corruption” and was unjust for women.