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Hafsa Kanjwal, assistant professor of history, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about India’s occupation of Kashmir in response to a recent presidential action that historians and legal experts are calling unconstitutional.

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah made a presidential order to revoke Article 370, which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir special status within the Indian Constitution.

Kanjwal writes,”This move highlights the ways in which India is quickly descending to an authoritarian state, only interested in its expansion and securing power—and one that will flout international law and its own constitution to achieve these ends.”

Kanjwal wrote her dissertation on the social and political history of post-partition Kashmir. Born in Kashmir, she spent the first six years of her life there before her family moved to the United States in 1993.

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