Unplugged from the world, Kashmir still awaits normalcy

Whether it to send online admission applications, pay bills or connect with a loved one abroad, the internet ban in Kashmir has alienated residents from the rest of the world. Illustration: Prathap Ravishankar

It’s January again. The entire world is in 2020. But Kashmir is not.

As tens of thousands of people around the globe gathered along the embankments of rivers and near famous city squares to burst firecrackers to ring in the New Year, people in Kashmir kept looking at their smart mobile phones rather curiously. Of course they wanted to send New Year greetings to their friends and relatives via WhatsApp and e-mails, but quickly realised that this normalcy was not meant for them or available to them.

Trapped in a time loop

The arrival of the year 2020 does not mean much for Kashmiris whose lives haven’t seen any improvement in the past few months. A key observer puts it aptly: “We are not living. This is not what life is.”

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