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(thread) In #Kashmir I used to think that when I will finally have internet, surfing is all I will do. Since I came to Delhi internet especially social media, has overwhelmed me. It almost feels like a privilege & there have been moments when I felt guilty to use it. As a result
I haven't used a lot of it. Mostly because the newly adapted habits. We don't look into the phones as frequently. Also initially it looks just weird. The information on it, the people talking freely, videos etc all of it overwhelms you. I am sure those who spent time in #Kashmir
feel the same way.Nevertheless communications blackout is one part of the story. The larger problem that ails Kashmir is this sense of uncertainty. People are extremely anxious about what is impeding. Communications blackout has only magnified this anxiety. Government has assured
Situation will improve but it's a hard buy for people in #Kashmir especially with what happened last month. There is also this growing anger which needs to be addressed on priority basis. Have no idea what TV has been saying but Everywhere you go, people are angry, those telling
you otherwise are simply lying. Everywhere you go you can feel the tension and fragility of the situation. Those who don't feel this are either oblivious or blinded by their privilege
Anyways now that I have few hours of internet left, I would like to post some pictures I clicked during this period : just a window into everyday life there. Follow this thread
A hospital staffer showing me picture of a pellet victim. This is right before a cop "intercepted" our conversation.
National Conference's podium locates in the near empty Rajbagh Headquaters
A street in Srinagar after violent clashes between civilians and security forces.
One of many days of restrictions. This is the road leading towards United Nations office in Srinagar
Anchar woman whose son was allegedly detained from Soura. Her two daughters and son are deaf and mute. She herself is unwell and has a speech impediment. The detained son Mushtaq Taploo was the breadwinner of the house
August 15. Indian flag and the flag of Jammu and Kashmir (state)
Families lining up to call their relatives at the Srinagar DC office
This one is from Pulwama. The gentleman sitting in a chair was waiting to call his daughter living outside Kashmir
This was Eid
Srinagar again, a short video
These two gentlemen were on their way to buy sweets in Lal Chowk on #Eid. They couldn't
August 15, Independence Day. Road leading to Sher-I-Kashmir Stadium the venue for Aug 15 celebrations
This was last Friday. Tomorrow is another one...
That is all for tonight..have much more to share but too tired to do so. Hopefully will be back soon. Will try tweeting the stories I do, if time permits. Next tweet,if at all, will be from media "facilitation" center Kashmir
So some have asked me to share more pictures and because there is little time left before my flight takes off I will be posting some in the same thread.
This is Mr Akbar Lone, MP Baramulla, attending the first call NC office received after more than two weeks of blackout
The first week of restrictions. Pictures from Srinagar.
A friend showing his telephone diary that he dug up after the ban on phones.This diary, he said, has landline numbers of some of the people he knows.
Almost forgot to share this.
This is Yasmeen, a travel agent in Srinagar. After her office landlines were restored she offered free calls to those in need she also set up a donation box for people in need.
Rambagh,Srinagar, second week of restrictions . this area witnessed clashes
A medical retail shop owners request for a curfew pass. Done a story about this in the first week.
This is also from the first week. This is after a cap was put on issuance of curfew passes for the day. Srinagar
Negotiating at a barricade put up to disallow civilian movement
That will be all for now. Hopefully will be able to update more at some point in future. Watch out this space for stories.
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