Just in case the Home Minister is not aware, photo IDs are mandatory for both pre- and post-paid connections. Surely, limited vendors can be given distribution rights. Besides, since satellite technology is used, the authorities can keep tabs quite easily. But that's not the point.
Who suffers? The citizen and the Kashmiri is a citizen of India. The country is denying them basic rights using the security against terrorism tactic. Terrorists can manage to get connections as well as have them. They have other means of communication. And in areas where signals are weak would they depend on some cellphone provider?
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Meanwhile, foreign tourists are being given visas on arrival in Goa against all immigration laws. This is being done with the help of the authorities. Reportedly eight such tourists arrive every day, mostly Russians.
As always there is concern about the 'drug cartel'. The Taliban have more drugs but that would be a different issue, wouldn't it?
As we have seen, Goa has experienced blasts. So how has this been permitted to go on? Will they stop cellphones in Goa so they can protect the citizens? Was this special privilege granted only to lure more tourists?
In that case, Kashmir was a tourist haven. Why was it cut off from access to what are now basic facilities?
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"Madrassas encouraging militancy in the country." - RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
A warm welcome to Sadhvi Pragya and her chelas.