Suhaib Idrees Lateef | IK OPED columnist
Previously, whenever Encounters or synonymous activities like any Law and Order problem emanates, Government was either reducing high-speed internet or making it completely off from mobile phones. In August previous year, The internet was completely barred due to abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A in August 2019 by Government. It was a huge gap of 6 months and a couple of weeks ago we were permitted, with much lower pace in name of 2g serving speed.
As of now, we are seeing the live berth, how the world has been under the continuous transformation of COVID-19 and is battling to it with much effort of lockdown pose and curfews. The similar pathetic situation seems in our State, where the whole of Jammu and Kashmir state has been shut to the COVID, its deadly consequences and mounting extremity in provision to the number of positive cases.
The barring of internet move, as always, was to appear to prevent the spread of rumours and all that incitement to violence regarding abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A by Parliament. However, the situation is different and not conducive at all but fatal and vulnerable. The whole of the world has been under the siege of Deadly Corona Virus. The whole of the Globe, the developed Countries like the great superpower USA, Europe, UK, China, Italy, Spain, South Korea and other major countries including India, Pakistan and our state are fighting the Pandemic. In fact, the pandemic has ceased and engulfed the whole of the Cosmic.
The immediate need of the hour in our state is the restoration of full-fledged high-speed internet. People especially the patients and the students are battling in our state, Previously due to Hartals and this time due to lockdown owing to the deadly pandemic. In fact, the Internet and Social media have become the spine and potency of all the issues either Politics issues, Social issues, Ethics and Moral values or our health-related. If we go for reality checkouts and facts, the Internet can be a good source, to bring out awareness, sharing the good and updated videos or informative lectures regarding the deadly Pandemic. Indeed, the Internet can turn a good source for the public to awake and remain conscious about the deadly infection and can even stop the immortal pandemic as much of the population can sit indoors.
But, our Administration is taking it as such and facile. Alas!!
Isn’t our Administration couching a huge of the mass population at stake?.
The irony is that Doctors and paramedics on one side are assisting the patients through the internet regarding fatal Corona Virus to keep them updated, in developed countries and Italy, France, China and America (with world’s best ever medical facilities) as particular, while Our medical and paramedical staff and we as part of largest democracy are still missing and misleading it.
How come our Government be so fragile and injudicious to us?
The main sufferers are Students as they are highly dependent on the internet, as continuous internet blockade has made a mark on their studies, particularly in this crucial exigency when they are out of their Schools and Coaching institutes,
Its long term and short term effects on teachers and professionals when they have been out of their Educational hubs when all schools and educational institutes have been closed.
Where will the students go? What about their studies? What about the research of professionals?.
It is not only a single source of information but much important part of the information, as every good and indigenous purpose needs it.
Every source needs it to update the latest and good information and every user finds it facile and comfortable as they get the best instructive data through it.
As the 21st-century advances and as the ubiquity of the internet demonstrates the knowledge regarding everything, even a minute and immediate updated information is being commoditized. To keep it under control and keep people custodial for it even at this time is none other than an imbecile idea.
Students, professionals, businessmen and particularly the people suffering from deadly pandemic COVID-19 and other assorted individuals, for whom do you think, the internet is not an immediate necessity.
The deadly virus is killing us day by day and hourly and we are in its aperture with a shortage of internet. It simply lines Government is stocking millions of lives at stake at this crucial Aura.
In this turbulent time, the Government should leave the conflict aside, This time people are onerous and laborious for their lives. It puts a question mark to our rights as well.
The right to life and health are universally recognized and are a fundamental part of our understanding a life with dignity. Internet and social media can prove much beneficial and advantageous in these fastidious and dubious hours, can make people mindful and cautious, can help people to live in social isolation, maintaining of social distancing and to remain confined to home-quarantine and self-quarantine. The Government must understand and fathom about it to save us, to save a mass of the population from this malignant and pernicious Disease.
Requesting J & K Administration and in particular the LG, to understand the gravity of this matter and make high-speed internet available for us.
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