Residents and experts fear the right-wing BJP’s policies are disenfranchising and disempowering the Muslim-majority population.

The year 2022 has been tumultuous for Indian-administered Kashmir as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government continued to introduce policies

that experts and locals fear are aimed at disenfranchising and disempowering the region’s Muslim-majority population.

The latest move by the government is the introduction of new rules aimed at the implementation of a law that deals with the leasing of government land.

Since August 5, 2019, when the BJP government unilaterally stripped the region of its limited autonomy and split it into two parts, land has emerged as a prime focus of the government.

The region’s administration is ruled directly by New Delhi. In the past three years, it has issued a series of orders opening the region to outsiders,

sparking fears that the government wants to change the demography of the region so that it is no longer Muslim-majority.