Curfew, communication blackout in IOK enter 2nd month » Kashmir Media Service

Indian journalist says situation not normal in valley

Srinagar, September 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains crippled with humanitarian crisis aggravating with each passing day as the strict curfew and communication blackout imposed by the Indian authorities entered 2nd month, today.

The occupation authorities continue to clamp curfew and snap communication services including internet, mobile, landline telephones and TV channels in the Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu since August 5 when Indian government announced repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir.

The Kashmir valley remains cut off from the rest of the world for the past over a month now and the residents are suffering immensely due to continued severe blockade. People are facing acute shortage of daily commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines. While patients, doctors and other medical staff are facing difficulties in reaching hospitals, pharmacies and medical stores have run out of stocks. Markets, public transport and train services are shut since August 5.

On the other hand, noted Indian journalist, Nirupama Subramanian, who recently returned to India from occupied Kashmir said that the situation in the valley was far from being normal. In a series of tweets, she narrated how people of occupied Kashmir were angry with the government of India.

Disapproving the claims made by the Indian media and by Narendra Modi government, Subramanian said, “At the moment, Kashmir is anything but normal and all assertions to the contrary, whether by officials or media, are from la-la land. True, no violent uprising, but life, even the post-2016 one that people had got used to, is paralysed.”

Maintaining that virtually the entire population of the valley has now turned anti-India, Subramanian added that the people were happy that pro-India politicians had been put in jail. “They (politicians) feathered their own nests by selling our fate to Delhi. They had it coming,” she quoted the residents of the valley as having said.

With the arrest and detention of all pro-India leaders, no politicians left in the valley who can sell Delhi’s scheme to the people, concluded Subramanian after her interaction with the people of Kashmir.


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