Under Barbed Wire: Religious Freedom in indian-Occupied Kashmir
October 04, 2022. indian-occupied Kashmir. Despite being currently ruled by a right-wing Hindu nationalist government, India claims to be a “secular democracy.” Its constitution allows for the freedom of religion, meaning people should be able to follow and freely practice their religious beliefs. India’s constitution says that the state will not “discriminate, patronise or meddle in the profession of any religion”. However, when it comes to Islam and Muslims, and especially when it comes to its colony in Kashmir, religious freedom and claims of secularism mentioned in the Indian Constitution is completely absent.