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India invites envoys on Kashmir tour that critics call a sham

Modi maneuvers to project normalcy amid international outcry over human rights

The scene in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sept. 20, 2019. Critics wonder if India has since turned this part of Kashmir into a Potemkin village.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- A group of foreign envoys are visiting Jammu and Kashmir, in India's north, in what opposition leaders are slamming as a two-day "guided tour" and what analysts are describing as an exercise in image management by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 15 New Delhi-based diplomats who started their visit on Thursday at the invitation of the Indian government include ambassadors from the U.S., South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Norway, the Philippines, Argentina and Nigeria.

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