What Happened: India's lower house of parliament has approved a bill to split the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, The Times of India reported Aug. 6. The upper house of parliament already passed the bill on Aug. 5.
Why It Matters: After winning a landslide victory in recent parliamentary elections, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party were able to capitalize on a majority in the lower house of parliament to move ahead with the long-held plan to fully integrate Kashmir into the Indian Union.
Background: The Indian government announced May 5 that it was taking steps to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special autonomous status and split the state into two territories.
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- India and Pakistan Pull Back From the Brink in Kashmir, for Now (March 6, 2019)