The government decision on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will have its pros and cons. We will get to see them once the decision will get implemented. But before that, there is one thing that must be questioned i.e. the way restrictions were imposed before the decision.
The sudden shut down of all the communication channels has caused a lot of inconvenience to many. There are people working out of Jammu and Kashmir who suddenly became unable to contact their families. Even within Jammu and Kashmir, there are problems in making contact from one region to another. The government must have made prior arrangements to avoid these hardships.
They must have informed that there is going to be a shutdown of communication channels so that the people could be mentally prepared at least. Interestingly, it was notified that yesterday, DC Srinagar has issued a few helpline numbers which can be contacted by people to know about their families. But what is the purpose of a helpline now? How will the people residing in the shutdown areas know about the helpline? How will the helpline end the panic that is already there?
More surprisingly, these helpline numbers have come up for Srinagar only. Are the authorities unaware that places like Poonch, Rajouri, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Doda, etc are also without communication? That there’s a need of at least one source of contact in these areas also? The way these restrictions were imposed has further raised the number of voices against the government. The authorities need to be questioned regarding why they failed to acknowledge the fact that lack of communication will impact badly and will create more panic. The authorities must answer this inefficiency and unpreparedness on their behalf.