A year after the abrogation of Article 370, education has been one of the worst affected as J&K remains under 4G blockade

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kashmir internet blockade

When Article 370 got removed, I was in the 9th grade. I got promoted to next class without giving examinations,” says a frustrated 16 -year-old Iqra Habib. Habib is a class Xth student from Lal Arifa Memorial Springdales Public School in Palhallan Pattan. “During that time I couldn’t study properly due to closing of educational institutions as well as restrictions on internet facilities,” she adds.

On August 5, 2019, Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its semi-autonomous status through the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcated into two union territories (UT). The abrogation was substantiated by a statewide lockdown and communication blockade. The sudden decision not only affected people financially and mentally but also changed their social life drastically. …


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Amid the growing challenge of fake news and rising interference of government in media houses, journalism is facing a tough time in the 21st century. While the national media continues to paint an “all is well” picture around Jammu and Kashmir, for journalists in the valley the job gets tougher every day especially since the security clampdown post-August 5. While journalists in the valley have been booked or summoned by authorities to question their publications, they are being seen with the prism of nationalism. Now, a new Media Policy for the UT has become the bone of contention.

In June 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir administration passed a new framework ‘Media Policy 2020’ aimed at creating a “sustained narrative on the functioning of the government in media.” The policy gives the administration power to define news as per their convenience along with full control to decide what is “anti-social and anti-national.” It also proposes a “background check” of newspaper owners and journalists alike. …


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Recently, the Supreme Court of India has convicted senior advocate Prashant Bhushan of contempt of court for his two tweets. The court said that the tweets were an attempt to shake the “very foundation of constitutional democracy”. In his first tweet, he expressed his views regarding a picture of CJI S. A. Bobde sitting on a superbike, and in his second tweet, he shared his opinions regarding the decisions taken by last four CJIs as master of the roaster.

Courts have become an essential part of our lives for dispute redressal and much more. In India, courts have assumed the capacity of a guardian in mango people’s lives. …

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