Modi revives anti-Muslim militia in Kashmir

India’s home ministry ordered on March 2 the revival of a largely Hindu militia, village Defence Committees (VDCs), rechristened as Village Defence Groups (VDGs). The VDCs are a relic of the 1990s when “militancy” had ostensibly reached a pinnacle. The VDCs were initially a group of volunteers trained and armed by the Indian army mostly with outdated weapons (.303s). When protests…

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