By Auqib Javeed/ Muntazir Yaseen
Internet and communication blackout in an age when the world has recognised it as a fundamental right equates to a denial of our basic rights. In today’s digital age, access to internet is as important as our right to free speech or the right to education. Despite this, every time political turmoil erupts in our valley, blocking the internet is the government’s first step towards handling the crisis. The sad state of affairs is that the government has been given free hand to act as big brother with impunity, leaving Kashmiris with no option of recourse. Not only is banning internet and communication in today’s era a hall mark of a repressive and an oppressive government, it also serves tofurther the sense of alienation among the people. Snapping communication in times of political turmoil increases, not just the anger brewing among the masses but the spread of rumours as well. Thus, it further adds to the confusion and chaos rather than helping contain it. The present government, as has been a norm in Kashmir, has imposed a digital blackout in the valley since past two weeks. With no internet access, suspended phone networks and restricted movement, how are the people of Kashmir spending their time? How is our digital generation coping up with this ban? Team KO asks. Here is what a few people have to say.