Jammu and Kashmir is still in a state of utter despair. Since the Interior Minister of India Amit Shah announced the abolition of the special status of the Indian state (Article 370 of the Constitution), people are struggling hard to face the new reality, that the local demographic status of identity and composition is no longer protected by law. The state’s entry into the third week of containment has increased uncertainty. Suddenly, people were transported to the pre-distribution era. No phone or internet. Land lines that have been partially restored are not very useful because their penetration is negligible. People can move to their place, and some private transport can also travel, but the distance is very close. In many cases, a place that is only 10 kilometers away seems to be another country, involving many security roadblocks, and may use young protesters to explode stones.
The air is the victim of fear and rumors. Unconfirmed reports say occasional mass protests in downtown Srinagar, a densely populated area of the city that has been a protest against stone throwing. Very little information is circulating elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley, even more in the north and south of Kashmir. There have been reports of massacres during the demonstrations, but the government strongly opposed them and only admitted minor injuries. The air is the victim of fear and rumors. In addition to some of the backbone reports on some TV channels, the daily information meeting organized by the government at the Srinagar Mediation Center has become the only source of information about the demographic situation.
Although local newspapers publish newspapers, although they are reduced to a few pages, they mainly reflect the government version of the incident. Its content mainly includes reports on official functions disseminated by the National Information Service and institutional reports on national development. In the absence of the Internet, newspapers store and transfer content via a USB memory stick. In the eloquent commentary on the situation, no local newspaper published an editorial in its version, but instead chose to publish an opinion paper on non-political issues such as the environment and health. The drift of the official discourse at the dominant scene is the process of gradually developing into a normal state when the local situation presents a contradictory image. People are in a state of being forced to be ignorant of the situation.These are just the crumbs of information, sometimes a mixture of reality and rumors, circulating. The government has largely emptied all public areas of information except what it wants people to know.
With each passing day, international pressure on India is increasing with large number of protests and demonstrations being held all across Europe and America. UN is also urging India to lift the media ban, but no official statement for any such action has come forward yet.
Despite the curfew and strict communication bans, some international media agencies have still found ways to record the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
Clashes broke out in parts of Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, following Friday prayers.
Angry protesters threw stones at Indian security forces while chanting freedom slogans.
Indian security forces responded with tear gas. (AP) pic.twitter.com/9qI2NyIjgJ
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) August 23, 2019
Amid live ammunition and pellet guns, kashmiris are fighting for there freedom everyday. Appeals have been made to Human Rights Organisations to intervene immediately and save the daily genocide of innocent kashmiris that goes unreported due to media restrictions.
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— Dr Rita Pal (@dr_rita39) August 23, 2019
As Sikhs all over the world are launching the Khalistan movement, Sikh community in Pakistan has also massively come forward to record their disapproval of Kashmir lockdown and massacare.
— ARY News (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) August 23, 2019
Every true peace lover is waiting for the world to speak up against the worst humanitarian violence in the region that is only growing stronger and brutal with each pellet shot. With social media as the last resort to get heard, the world is raising voice of twitter with Hashtag Kashmir and Ready to fight for Kashmir.
Until and unless the world powers unite to solve this conflict, Kashmiris have to keep on fighting for their basic rights.