ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Making Kashmiris Carry Our Crosses

Fear of the truth explains the government’s ban on social media in Kashmir.

There have been times when content or a platform has been thoughtlessly banned with the intention of preventing misinformation. This is not one of those times. It is apparent that the real aim of the month-long ban on social media sites in Kashmir is to dissuade protestors from communicating and organising, and to prevent them from circulating the spate of protest videos by young Kashmiris, many of which recordblatant human rights violations.

Although an entire generation of Kashmiris has grown up witnessing unapologetic state censorship and violence, this move reiterates the extent to which the central and state governments can go in order to counter local narratives of how Kashmiris see the Indian state. As with the heavy military presence in Kashmir, this is a gag order laced in the language of public order and misinformation. It speaks patronisingly of saving Kashmiris from their own “unverified objectionable and inflammatory content.” The government pretends to ignore that the stone pelting and the videos of protest are not “anti-social” or against the “public at large” but against the state.

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Updated On : 27th Aug, 2017
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