Kashmir after Article 370: Cut off from the rest of India and the world, residents say 'it looks like 1947' all over again

For the residents in Kashmir, the only access to information on Monday was through official radio broadcast and outstation television channels. Residents continue to remain locked inside their homes with no access to essential supplies like food and medicine. While the curfew-like strict restrictions continued on Tuesday, only the reporters of outstation television channels, and no local reporters, were visible on the streets along with security forces.

 Day after the Parliament decided to scrap Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh) after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre introduced a resolution in both Houses of Parliament, Kashmir remains in the grip of shock.

Authorities had put in place a strict crackdown, in advance, to thwart any kind of public protests after the legislation was revoked. On Sunday night, the authorities snapped internet, mobile connectivity and local cable television networks, putting Valley into a total information blackout. At midnight, the citizens witnessed massive troop mobilisation — thousands of paramilitary forces and police personnel across the Valley with barbed wires and barricades sealed the roads. Governor Satya Pal Malik-led state administration also imposed Section 144 of CrPc from 1200 Hrs on 5 August till "further orders."

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