Pulwama: Whenever the situation worsens in south Kashmir, internet is blocked and with these restrictions, a large population gets affected especially the student community.
Earlier, whenever internet services were suspended in any part of south Kashmir, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) broadbrand service would remain functional, giving a window to students, teachers and traders but these days BSNL is the first one to pull the plug. The students from south Kashmir’s Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts struggle due to limited internet access.
“Internet ban has paralyzed the normal life in Kashmir. Being a teacher, I know how hard it is to prepare for competitive exams without access to internet,” says Shiraz Ahmad, a teacher from Pulwama.
Muzaffar Ahmad, a teacher says, “It is ultimately a student who suffer the most because of internet ban. Why cannot government find a way out so that students do not have to suffer and their precious time is saved.”
“Lot of study material is available on the internet but due to frequent internet ban, we are not able to take advantage of it,” says Showkat Ahmad, a student.
Waseem Ahmad, a B.Tech student says, “On the one hand government talks about Digital India and on the other hand, they snap internet frequently.”
“How can we fill our examination forms online or apply for jobs when there is no internet,” adds Ifla Yaqoob, a Class 8th student.