This Is What It’s Like Living Through Kashmir’s Communications Blackout

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

“Human rights are being snatched away as we speak.”  Pranav Dixit  Danish Ismail / Reuters For 29 days, the residents of Kashmir, the conflict-ridden state in northern India, have been living in a black hole. On midnight, Aug. 4, India’s Hindu nationalist government abruptly wiped out the legal autonomy that the disputed region has enjoyed

Kashmir seige completes 30 days despite India’s ‘normalcy’ claims

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

Tensions soared in India-administered Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped the region’s autonomy, cut phone and internet access, placed curbs on movement and arrested thousands, a move dubbed “illegal annexation” by activists and neighbouring Pakistan. A masked Kashmiri protester shouts pro-independence slogans in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, Friday, August 30, 2019. (AP) Tension remained high on Tuesday

Relieved but worried Canadians return home from Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Sabia Zargar and her son Suhaan pose in their Mississauga home after returning from Kashmir, on Saturday, August 31. J.P. MOCZULSKI When Sabia Zargar travelled to Kashmir this summer, she expected to visit family and show her 10-year-old son the places her mother grew up. What she didn’t anticipate was being stuck inside her parents’

‘We risk everything’: Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report ‘normalcy’. By Rifat Fareed As the crippling lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir nears a month, journalists in the region complain of harassment by authorities, with many accusing security forces of deleting their camera footage and pressure to report “normalcy”. “This is

With meticulous planning then mass arrests and ‘torture’, Kashmir’s autonomy was lost

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Residents say security forces have beaten and abused locals as they attempt to prevent a violent uprising. Warning: this article contains images which some readers may find distressing Zubair Sofi Srinagar @@zubairsofii When Jammu and Kashmir’s governor addressed the world in a press conference on 4 August, people in the Muslim-majority valley were worried. After decades

The intractable mess in Jammu and Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Christopher Snedden  New Delhi has even managed to antagonise the pro-Indian politicians in the area with its latest crackdown. It is impossible to know what is actually happening in Kashmir. Since 4 August, Indian forces have effectively incarcerated the region, with people kept indoors and more than 1600 “social activists” detained. Communications to, and in,

UN Role as a Peacemaker in Kashmir

Aug 29th, 2019 | By

By Beenesh Ansari United Nations was established in 1945, giving hope to the weaker states for a peaceful world without any suppression from the powerful. The Charter of UN states “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character”. The functions of the UN were mainly based on

Insurgency in Kashmir: what comes next

Aug 27th, 2019 | By

By Atta Rasool Malik The situation in Indian-administered Kashmir is immensely tense. The beautiful Kashmir Valley is on lockdown, with a complete curfew since August 5. Indian armed forces have started conducting night raids, searching houses and picking up boys (potential stone throwers) since Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy was stripped two weeks ago. As The

‘This is Not the 1970s’: IAS Officer Quits in Anguish Over Kashmir ‘Emergency’

Aug 26th, 2019 | By

“If I owned a newspaper, my headline tomorrow would just be the word ’20’ because it is the twentieth day that the people of Kashmir have been subjected to these restrictions on their freedoms,” says Kannan Gopinathan. An officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kerala, Kannan Gopinathan, has resigned from the prestigious service in

‘India talked of peace and calm in Kashmir. I saw the opposite’

Aug 23rd, 2019 | By

A first-person account of life in Srinagar after India imposed curfew and a communications lockdown. By Sasha Bhat The Indian government revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution earlier this month. A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution, which guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority