The international press has reacted with apprehension to government’s move to end Kashmir’s special status and render Article 370 ineffective. The New York Times editorial said the decision, along with the security clampdown, was “dangerous and wrong. Bloodshed is all but certain, and tension with Pakistan will soar”. It warned the US and China to not let Kashmir become a pawn in their disputes, and urged the UN and others with influence over New Delhi and Islamabad to try and “prevent India’s folly from escalating into a perilous and unpredictable regional crisis”. The BBC said that while the move will attract a great deal of support in Jammu and Ladakh, it will be deeply resented in the Kashmir Valley. “India’s most restless and disaffected region may well become still more volatile”. The Wall Street Journal laid out both sides, saying, “it could become one of the prime minister’s biggest legacies”. However, it added that the move risks exacerbating an already tense situation that has long festered, which could have regional and global repercussions. The Guardian’s Jason Burke also warned of a violent fallout, pointing out that given a decade of relative calm, “there is now an entire generation that cannot personally recall the horrors of the conflict but has been raised with its legends. The bitter memories of that period dissuaded their elders from violence”. That is no longer the case, he said, “as many young people will think that their time has come. The consequences may be tragic for the region, and India too”. In Foreign Policy, Michael Kugelman wrote, “The Kashmir problem has not been solved, as some Indians have suggested. On the contrary, it’s just got a lot more complicated — and potentially a lot more destabilising”. Comparisons to Israel were drawn. In Washington Post, Hafza Kanjwal called it “the beginnings of a settler colonial project in Kashmir, similar to Israel’s in the Palestinian territories”. In Jerusalem Post, Seth J Frantzman said this conflict “seems a lot like the kinds of conflicts Israel has had with neighbours, partly the result of a failed partition plan that came out of British colonial rule. Like some of the special status concepts that were once thought applicable to Jerusalem or other areas, the Kashmir conflict is one of those legacies of colonial rule” in which ad hoc partitions “lead to endless tension”.
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