Protesters with posters and placards during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) near Red fort on December 19, 2019 in New Delhi, India. Around 1200 protesters including Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav and student leader Umar Khalid were detained by Delhi Police during the protest rally at Redfort. The protests have spiked since Sunday following the crackdown and violent police action on students in Jamia Millia Islamia university and Aligarh Muslim University. (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The Indian Supreme Court has delivered a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ruling that the ongoing blocking of the internet in the states of Jammu and Kashmir is unlawful. The block on the internet and on phone communications in these sates was put in place shortly after Modi’s government repealed their autonomous status and was accompanied by curfews and the imprisonment of local political leaders. The states are majority Muslim and have been the subject of a long running territorial dispute with Pakistan as well as secessionist terrorism.