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SoCal Kashmiris Worry After India Strips Region's Autonomy

Activists from various groups display placards during a demonstration to condemn the scrapping of Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, in New Delhi on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists from various groups display placards during a demonstration to condemn the scrapping of Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, in New Delhi on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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On August 5, the government of India made a controversial change to its constitution, stripping the region of Kashmir of its special autonomous status. Before the move, Indian authorities cut internet and phone lines and detained thousands of local leaders. Some Kashmiris here in Southern California fear for the future of their families and their homeland.