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Indian-American supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are eagerly waiting for his visit, his first after his resounding victory in the May general elections. Modi, who arrives in the U.S. on Sept. 20, is scheduled to address a rally in Houston, the following day. Organizers say that over 50,000 people have already registered for the event and several are still on the waiting list. 

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Tony Perkins, the chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Anurima Bhargava, the only Hindu American member of the Commission, on Aug. 29, put out a joint statement expressing concern over what they alleged was the Indian government’s “Religious Test” for Muslims in the country’s northeastern state of Assam.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strongarm move to tighten control on Muslim-majority Kashmir is a gamble that could trigger conflict with Pakistan and re-ignite an insurgency that has already cost tens of thousands of lives, experts warn.

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There is a widespread support among the Indian-American community for India’s decision to revoke Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Along with abolishing a provision that allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own flag and constitution, the government also moved a separate bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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The Indian government on Monday stripped Kashmir of the special autonomy it has had for seven decades, prompting a furious response from nuclear-armed rival Pakistan and raising fears of further violence in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist party rushed through a presidential decree to scrap from the constitution the Indian-ruled part of the disputed territory's special status.