Local activists say Indian govt. putting Kashmir on sale

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In the Indian-controlled Kashmir, local activists and political parties are protesting a recent government-organized summit that encouraged Indians to buy real estate in the region. They say the government is putting up the region for sale. Critics are accusing the government of trying to change the demography of Kashmir. They say the government needs to focus on job creation instead because the region is facing a huge unemployment crisis. But, the government argues that such conferences are only meant to encourage external investment and develop the region. Up until two years ago, people who are not permanent residents of Kashmir were barred from purchasing property. In 20-19, the government canceled Kashmir’s partial autonomy and brought it under direct rule. Anger has been simmering in the region ever since, with pro-independence fighters frequently clashing with government forces.

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