New Delhi/Karachi — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to revoke seven decades of autonomy in the disputed Muslim-majority state of Kashmir has consolidated his position as strongman and started a new chapter in Indo-Pakistan relations.

The move to make Kashmir a “union territory” — similar to India’s capital Delhi — gives Modi’s federal government complete control over the state’s local police machinery. The promises made in his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto in the 2014 and 2019 election campaigns — where he courted the votes of the Hindu majority — have been kept in less than 100 days of his landslide electoral victory...

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