It has been over five months since the people of Kashmir were shunned from using the Internet. The services were snapped in the garb of “National Security” when Article 370 was abrogated from the constitution, which granted the valley with special rights.
Since then, the government has tried to snap internet services more than 70 times. In the wake of any unrest, it has been their “go-to” move.
It is wrong, and immoral to do so. Here’s why:
#1 The Internet has transcended itself as the means of entertainment and now serves as the primary source of communication.
This means major businesses and communities rely on the virtue of the Internet to conduct their work and manage opportunities.
Like every Indian has the right to do their business freely, the tools of the Internet must also be allowed to stay with them, as a right.
#2 Digital cash is dependent upon the Internet
Since the demonetisation, many people gained dependency on digital transactions. Many such dependencies become irreversible, and hence, like money, everyone should be allowed to access the internet at all times.
#3 The globalization cannot wait for an Internet blacked out area
A region’s connection to the entire world is dependent upon the Internet, and in the days of stiff competition, no one is waiting for anyone. Government-authorized bans affect the local business more than anything else.
#4 Muzzling out someone’s voice is a hindrance to their self-expression, which is an Indian’s fundamental right
Lastly, a single body cannot create a cyber vacuum in a region, as it sets dangerous precedents during difficult times. And hence, the Supreme Court must prevail and grant the right of uninterrupted internet access to all the citizens of India.
Thank you. Jai Hind.