After as many as 18 months (Yes, 18 months without proper/no internet. Imagine your life in that scenario before reading any further) since the abrogation of Article 370 in the valley, high-speed internet will finally be restored in Jammu and Kashmir, starting today.
“4G mobile internet services being restored in entire J&K,” tweeted Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal. The services are likely to resume from Friday midnight, news agency PTI reported, citing sources.
The internet ban in the valley, which is now the world’s longest-running internet ban in a democratic country, was snapped when the center divided the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories. Over the months, the Centre has cited the chances of unrest in the valley as its justification for the ban.
However, the move has faced constant criticism from across the world with many Human Rights Organizations and individuals accusing the BJP government of infringing an individual’s basic fundamental rights.
Also, sadly, the people of Jammu and Kashmir were barred from the luxury of high-speed internet throughout the lockdown period too. Only after the lockdown ended and the Supreme Court intervened, the centre decided to restore the internet in a phased manner starting with restoring broadband and 2G service in select districts first.
The internet snapping in the state has affected businesses and the education of children in the region to a large extent.
As the news of the 4g internet restoration made headlines, the former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, welcomed the move and tweeted, “4G Mubarak! For the first time since Aug 2019 all of J&K will have 4G mobile data. Better late than never.”