Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a temporary check point on the road leading toward an Independence Day parade venue during lockdown in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Thursday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country.

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a temporary check point on the road leading toward an Independence Day parade venue during lockdown in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Thursday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country.