How Kashmiris are adapting to everyday life without the internet

Shivam Vij
How Kashmiris are adapting to everyday life without the internet

An old friend from Srinagar came visiting Delhi recently and I had only one question for him: how do you live without the phone or the internet? It’s been nearly 80 days since the Indian government enforced a communication blackout in Kashmir, fearing a violent backlash to its decision to scrap the special constitutional status of the restive Jammu & Kashmir state. Some mobile phone connections were restored a week ago, but there’s no sign of the internet for the Valley’s 8 million people.