India enacts new laws in Kashmir allowing outsiders to buy land | India

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – India has enacted a series of new laws – and amended some – allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the disputed Indian-administered Kashmir, a move that has been condemned by the residents.

Kashmiris fear the new laws, notified on Tuesday, are aimed at a “land grab” to dilute the Muslim-majority character of the region, whose partial autonomy was scrapped in August 2019, bringing it under New Delhi’s direct control.

The land laws – the latest in a series of changes authorised by the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – were implemented on the day Kashmir observed “Black Day” to mark the arrival of the Indian army in the region’s main city of Srinagar in 1947.

Kashmiri men walk though a garden lined with dried leaves of Chinar trees in Srinagar [File: Mukhtar Khan/AP]

Tuesday’s notification issued by the federal home ministry removes

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