India restores 4G mobile internet in Kashmir after 550 days

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The order lifted the ban on 4G mobile data services However, the order issued by the region’s home secretary, Shaleen Kabra, asked police officials to “closely monitor the impact of lifting of restrictions.”

The move accompanied a security clampdown and total communications’ blackout that left hundreds of thousands jobless, impaired the already feeble health care system and paused the school and college education of millions.

In January last year, authorities allowed the Indian-controlled territory’s more than 12 million people to access government-approved websites over slow-speed connections.

Officials have said the internet ban was aimed at heading off anti-India protests and attacks by rebels who have fought for decades for the region’s independence or unification with Pakistan, which administers another portion of Kashmir.

Many Kashmiris, however, view the move as part of the beginning of settler colonialism aimed at engineering a demographic change in India’s only Muslim-majority region.

India often snaps mobile internet services in parts of the region as a tactic during counterinsurgency operations and anti-India protests.

 

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