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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Indian paramilitary soldiers drag barbwire as they prepare to impose curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Envoys from more than 20 countries arrived in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the second visit by a delegation of New Delhi-based foreign diplomats since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status in August last year. The move was accompanied by a harsh crackdown, with New Delhi sending tens of thousands of additional troops to the already heavily militarized region, imposing a sweeping curfew, arresting thousands and cutting virtually all communications. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

India takes foreign envoys to disputed Kashmir

Feb. 12, 2020 5:54 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India took more than 20 foreign diplomats on a visit to disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, the second such trip since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status last summer. India's foreign ministry in a statement...

People wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station closest to the Shaheen Bagh protest where Muslim women have been protesting for weeks against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Voting began for a crucial state election in India's capital on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party trying to regain power after a 22-year gap and major victories in a national vote. The BJP campaign has reopened old wounds in the Hindu-Muslim divide and treats the election as a referendum on nearly two months of protests across India against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslims. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

New Delhi votes with Modi's popularity on the line

Feb. 8, 2020 9:49 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Residents of India's capital voted Saturday in a crucial state election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party sought to regain power after a 22-year gap and major victories in a national vote. About 57% of the 14.6 million registered voters lined up in...

In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, photo, a supporter of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a mace, used as a weapon by Hindu god Hanuman, as he shouts slogans during an election campaign rally for the upcoming Delhi elections in New Delhi, India. Campaigning for a crucial state election in India's capital has reached a fever pitch as members of the Hindu nationalist-led government call for violence against minority Muslims and invoke the specter of arch-nemesis Pakistan to reverse course after a pair of losses in recent state polls. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Poll pitch for India’s capital plays up growing divisions

Feb. 7, 2020 3:50 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Campaigning for a crucial state election in India's capital has reached a fever pitch as members of the Hindu nationalist-led government call for violence against minority Muslims and invoke the specter of arch-nemesis Pakistan to reverse course after a pair of losses in recent state...

Supporters of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star attend a protest against a new citizenship law that opponents say threatens India's secular identity, in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Demonstrators across the country have been demanding the revocation of the citizenship law. The law provides a fast-track to naturalization for persecuted religious minorities from some neighboring Islamic countries, but excludes Muslims. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Modi says Indian Muslims had nothing to fear in new law

Feb. 6, 2020 7:23 AM EST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament on Thursday that Indian Muslims had nothing to fear from a new citizenship law and accused opposition parties of toeing rival Pakistan's propaganda to create fear. Modi said the Congress and other opposition parties had incited the nationwide protests against the...

Indian Union Muslim League leader P.K.Kunhalikutty, center, one of the petitioners, speaks to media on the lawns of India's Supreme Court after the top court started hearing dozens of petitions that seek revocation of a new citizenship law amendment in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The new law had led to nationwide demonstrations and a violent security backlash resulting in the death of more than 20 people. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Battle for India's new citizenship law moves to top court

Jan. 22, 2020 6:30 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths. The Supreme Court would not grant a stay before hearing from the government,...

In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, activists shout slogans during a protest in front of Assam House against the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state of Assam, in New Delhi, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

Jan. 21, 2020 8:08 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims,...

Indian Muslims offer prayers, as activists of Bhim Army wait for the start of a protest against a new Citizenship law, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Protests against India's citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants continue in Indian cities in an unabating strong show of dissent against the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protest at a 17th century mosque, Jama Masjid, was led by Chandrashekhar Azad, leader of the Bhim Army, a political party of Dalits who represent Hinduism's lowest caste. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Protests against citizenship law continue unabated in India

Jan. 17, 2020 7:22 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators perched themselves on the steps of an iconic mosque in the Indian capital on Friday to protest against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants. Demonstrators carried placards and shouted slogans accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu...

People participate in a protest against Citizen Amendment Act in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

India's LGBTQ community joins citizenship law protests

Jan. 3, 2020 2:39 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — More than 1,000 members of India's LGBTQ community, rights groups and their supporters marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to protest a citizenship law that excludes Muslims. Describing themselves as “Citizens Against Bigots,” they carried placards and...

An Indian artist paints on a canvas at an event organized by a students organization to protest against a new citizenship law that opponents say threatens India's secular identity in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to India's streets to call for the revocation of the law, which critics say is the latest effort by Narendra Modi's government to marginalize the country's 200 million Muslims.  (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Protests continue in India against new citizenship law

Dec. 25, 2019 10:44 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than a thousand students, artists and writers protested in India's capital and northeastern Assam state on Wednesday against a new citizenship law introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government that excludes Muslims. In Gauhati, Assam's capital, protesters sang patriotic...

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, photo, Mridula Kakati Hazarika, 78, participates in a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Gauhati, India. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to India’s streets to call for the revocation of the law, which critics say is the latest effort by Narendra Modi’s government to marginalize the country’s 200 million Muslims. Hazarika said she has come to join the protest as she cannot sit inside her home while the country burns against CAA. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

AP Photos: Seniors join Indian citizenship law protests

Dec. 25, 2019 5:11 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Senior citizens in India's northeastern Assam state have protested against a new citizenship law passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government that excludes Muslims. About 1,500 senior citizens held a protest in the state capital, Gauhati, on Monday. Protests in the state...