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After one and half years of internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, last week the government ordered the restoration of 4G mobile internet in all of the Union Territory. This was the longest instance of high-speed Internet being suspended by an elected government, perhaps in the world. In this episode, we talk about how people have reacted to this, why the government decided to do this now, and how internet restrictions impact the economy.
First, Deeptiman Tiwary, who reports on government agencies for the Indian Express (IE), talks about how there were sufficient grounds to restore internet services in J&K a year back, and the possible reasons why the government has taken the decision now.
Next, Naveed Iqbal, who reports on J&K for IE, talks about how people in the region have reacted to this decision, and the problems that persist.
And in the end, Aashish Aryan, who reports on the telecom sector for IE, explains how India compares with other democracies, and the economic impact of internet suspensions.
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