More than 2 months have passed since India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and initiated a strict lockdown and blocked communications.
While India has been hinting at further loosening the harsh regulations on communication for a while now, it was only this Saturday that Rohit Kansal, a government spokesman, told a press conference that all phones linked to a monthly subscription “will stand restored and be functional from noon on Monday”, continuing that the measure would be in effect in all districts of Indian occupied Kashmir.
Kansal did not indicate whether internet connections would be restored, however, or when prepaid mobile connections that more than two million people were registered to would be unblocked.
Residents seem to be relieved that some leeway has been granted to them, however the unrest in the area is still at large. Many expressed their apprehension despite the update in circumstances.
“Thank you, India. You have finally decided to partially restore our digital rights,” said a college student by the name of Sameer Ahmad.
“When will you restore our political rights?”
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