Internet Gag: Kashmir holds first slot on longest internet gag worldwide

‘In 2019, Kashmir takes on the first slot on the list of longest internet gag globally’

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Gowhar Nazir

Srinagar, Dec 16: The ongoing internet gag which crosses over 133 days in Kashmir sets a record for the longest internet gagged destination worldwide.

The restrictions on internet services was implemented on August 5 this year in aftermath of revocation of semi-autonomous status (Article 370) and the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ongoing internet gag which seems no end even on the 134th consecutive day is now setting a world record on longest internet clampdown globally.

The ongoing internet clampdown in Kashmir which seems no end yet has taken The Kashmir, JK, India holds the first and second place on an online portal ‘www.internetshutdowns.in’ revealing the data on internet shutdowns globally. The third place on the same portal is hold by Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

On the homepage of the website the top three longest internet gagged destinations are highlighted along with complete information on the every particular gag.

At present the first place and second place is taken by Kashmir, JK, India with 134 days in 2019, and 133 days in 2016. Whereas the third place is taken by Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

The government spokesperson Rohit Kansal justified the ongoing internet gag in valley by saying that, “there are fears that Pakistan might misuse the internet in Kashmir to foment trouble. While he was confronted with a question by a journalist at a presser, “Pakistan will be there always. When has government ceded its authority to Pakistan over the issue?”

Kansal fumbled in his response. Ultimately, after facing a volley of queries on the unprecedented internet gag in the Valley, he winded up the interaction, saying: “This too shall pass.”

 

An internet shutdown was imposed on 4th August, 2019 when Article 370 of the constitution was abrogated by the Parliament of India. There was a Presidential order 271 dated 5th, August, 2019 implying the same. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories of Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh.

There was a preventive shutdown on the data services which is yet to lifted, as the beginning of the communication blockade saw landlines as well as mobile services restricted, later on the ban on landlines and postpaid cellular services was lifted but the suspension of broadband as well as mobile internet continues in the valley.

In the year 2016 the valley witnessed mobile internet gag of about 133 Days from 8th July to 19th November, 2016 as due to the agitation caused by the killing of Burhan Wani on 8th of July, 2016.

The mobile internet services were suspended for 133 days while mobile internet services of postpaid numbers were restored on November 19, 2016. The mobile internet services for prepaid subscribers were resumed in January, 2017, which implies that the valley faced longest internet gag in the world.

Similarly, the third largest internet services suspension was observed in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The order for the suspension of internet services was promulgated on 18th June, 2017 due to the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland. Two days later on, 20th June the order of suspension was extended to the broadband services as well effectively shutting down the entire internet services. With such extension orders on internet services the Darjeeling witnessed 100 days of internet shutdown. (Kashmir Glacier)

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