Kashmir Artisan fear of losing business opportunity due to internet gag




‘The internet is the lifeline for an artist to portray his art globally’

Gowhar Nazir

Srinagar, Dec 21: The various Kashmiri artisans are living in constant fear of losing job amid prolonged internet gag in valley. The ongoing gag has taken toll on the artisan who are unable to portray their work internationally.
The internet services continue to remain suspended in Kashmir region since August 05, 2019, since the Government of India stripped the semi-autonomous status and bifurcation of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh).

Apart from the p[prolonged internet clampdown in valley several other restrictions are still intact like section 144, CrPC, detention of political leaders, and the ongoing prepaid cellular gag.

The prolonged restrictions in Kashmir has left no one untouched as the business fraternity is the worst hit among all. The authorities has justified the move and called it a precautionary measure to avoid any” law and order situation”.
“I have done a lot of work during the past four months of clampdown but now I need an internet source to portray my work for my overseas clients in order to fetch a good labour.”

He said that he has no other way to showcase his work to his associates who are holding a seminar in Germany and France. He further added, “I have never felt as helpless as I am now due to the prolonged internet gag in valley.” said Abdul Rahim Dar, a Papier-mâché artisan based in Srinagar

Another artisan Khurshid Ahmad Dar from Srinagar said, “I have never ever faced a situation like this where we are unable to conduct our business from here.”

He said that the prolonged uneasy calm has shut the door of every Kashmiri artisans who are working with international clients. He further added that, “We are in desperate need of some source where we artisans like me can showcase their work globally.”


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