A Year Without High-Speed Internet Has Been a Nightmare for J&K’s Entrepreneurs

Those who use social media to market their products have been especially badly hit, while customers say they no longer want to make online payments because of frequent errors.Aug 02, 2020 | Irfan Amin Malik    

Graphic adapted from a Reuters photo.

On August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood, dividing it into two union territories. In this series – ‘One Year in a Disappeared State’ – The Wire will look at what the last year has meant and what the region looks like now.null

Srinagar: “One of my customers placed an order online, and the received her product only six months later,” said entrepreneur Iqra Ahmad from Srinagar. The persistent ban on high-speed internet services in Jammu and Kashmir is hurting businesspeople like her hard, she said.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ahmad, a designer, uses social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook to advertise her business ‘TulPalav’, translated from Kashmiri as ‘Pick the Clothes’. She started her business in 2015


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