In Kashmir, doctors are unreachable, patients anxious

It has been months since the Indian government shut down the internet and stopped mobiles phones in Kashmir. While officials cite statistics to maintain all is well in Kashmir, doctors, hospital staff, attendants of those in hospitals in Srinagar, Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama say accessing health care has become harder. Critically ill patients cannot get timely care or emergency services. A podcast from Srinagar by Menaka Rao and me on Suno India here. Continue reading In Kashmir, doctors are unreachable, patients anxious

Justice delayed, justice denied

The government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party stripped the Kashmir region of its relative constitutional autonomy on August 5, 2019. Police have detained more than 3,000 people and arrested over 300. Those arrested include senior lawyers, making people’s legal fights difficult. Forty days later, courts are vacant, post offices still shut in Kashmir. Habeas corpus petition are piling up but hearings are being postponed and court orders have dwindled. Among the first individuals the government arrested was the High Court Bar Association of Kashmir president Mian Abdul Qayoom who is now being held in a prison in Agra in … Continue reading Justice delayed, justice denied

Away from home

MVI 1856 from Anumeha Yadav on Vimeo. Families from Chattisgarh and UP say they have been working in bonded debt in kilns in Sundarbani in Jammu and on outskirts of Srinagar since 15 to 20 years. They work in kilns in Jammu for 7-8 months and then are bought by kiln owners in Srinagar for the rest of the year when work closes in Jammu kilns. Naveen Kumar who is working in a kiln at Bhakar near Sundarbani is worked in the kilns in JK many years in is bonded debt of over Rs 1 lakh. My previous reports on … Continue reading Away from home