https://news.yahoo.com/india-isolates-kashmir-shutting-down-154001003.html India isolates Kashmir by shutting down comms as big change announced NEW DELHI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - India's imposition of an unprecedented communications blackout on Jammu and Kashmir hours before stripping its only Muslim-majority state of special rights in place for decades was sharply criticised on Monday by media and rights groups. One senior journalist accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of humiliating residents of the divided Himalayan region while others warned that heavy-handedness risked triggering fresh unrest. The government said the clampdown on telecommunications and media services, which began late on Sunday night and was still in effect almost 24 hours later, was needed to curb any potential violence. Kashmiris, however, complained that the attempt by Modi's government to control the flow of information had made it difficult for them to find out what was happening in the state, let alone air their views. The constitutional change announced on Monday withdraws special rights conferred on residents of the state, including a provision that prevents outsiders buying property there. It also means that college places and state government jobs may no longer be reserved for permanent residents. Mobile and internet services have previously been cut off in Kashmir at times of turmoil, but this time the government also blacked out landlines and cable television networks. A top government official, who declined to be identified, told reporters in New Delhi the restrictions were precautionary and that life was expected to return to normal fairly soon. Sounds like the subcontinent's version of Hong Kong and China. Those Constitutional changes effecting a Muslim population promised. . . . etc. Study up China. This is how you do it in a democracy. Moi Across an immense, unguarded, ethereal border, Canadians, cool and unsympathetic, regard our America with envious eyes and slowly and surely draw their plans against us.