Thousands protest for Kashmir outside Indian High Commission in London

Ladakh is the newly carved-out union territory.

"There is one section in our society who believes in family planning and we are thankful to them".

Modi said special constitutional status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir had encouraged corruption and nepotism, while creating injustice for women, children and minority communities in India's only majority-Muslim region.

During his bilateral meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India.

He threatened to "teach Delhi a lesson" and said the army was preparing to respond to anticipated Indian aggression in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

"This was the objective of the Hindu right, the ideological mentors of the BJP that Narendra Modi belongs to".

The restrictions would be lifted in the "next few days", the government lawyer, Tushar Mehta, said.

"Restrictions imposed in Jammu have been completely removed and schools and other establishments there are functioning", local police official Munir Khan told Indian media.

The report's authors, including economist Jean Dreze, described the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir as "grim" and said the clampdown had "crippled economic life" there.

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The lockdown has not completely prevented anger bursting out into the open, however. They should be given pride of place.

Turning his focus on the issue, Modi said the country has entered an era where it does not need to hide its problems and asserted that the time had come to face challenges head on.

Tens of thousands of additional Indian troops have been deployed to the region to enforce the decision.

The Prime Minister has also appealed to the people to provide valuable suggestions for his Independence Day speech using the NaMo App.

They were the first reported clashes between the nuclear-armed rivals since New Delhi changed the status of Kashmir, escalating regional tensions. IOK (India-Occupied Kashmir) is how Islamabad refers to the region administered by India. "I want to warn global community if it allows this to happen, it will have severe repercussions and reactions in the Muslim world setting off radicalization and cycles of violence".

Pakistan's diplomatic offensive aimed at reversing India's order includes asking the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session to address the "illegal actions".

Modi talked about his aim to turn India into a $5-trillion economy within five years, by spurring wealth creation, boosting exports and tourism, and spending 100 trillion rupees ($1.4 trillion) on infrastructure.

On Wednesday, Khan said he doesn't want war but Pakistan would "fight to the end" over Kashmir.

  • Sonia Alvarado