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In Pictures: What Srinagar looks like at night as restrictions in Valley ease up

Despite reports that the situation in Kashmir is peaceful, day-to-day life is not the same. ThePrint looks at life in Srinagar three weeks after the scrapping of Article 370.

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Srinagar: Over three weeks have passed since the Narendra Modi government revoked special status in Jammu & Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere, said officials Tuesday. But day-to-day life in the Valley remains affected.

Markets across the Valley remained shut for the 23rd consecutive day along with shops and other business establishments. Private educational institutions continued to remain closed. Though government schools had opened, student attendance was low, the officials said.

Public transport has been barely functioning, increasing the use of private vehicles in the state capital. Officials say the communication blockade has eased to some extent and landline telephone services have been restored in most places. However, mobile services and internet, including BSNL’s broadband and private leased-line internet, still remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.

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At night, life in Srinagar looks even more still.

Security personnel have become a permanent fixture in central areas like Lal Chowk (pictured here) and other popular areas. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Dal Lake in Srinagar
Dal Lake, a popular tourist destination in the city, is now mostly deserted. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lal Chowk, usually a scene of bustling activity given the many shops that line the city square, was shuttered and barricaded for the first week of the lockdown. Though restrictions have eased, the market is yet to come back to life | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lal Chowk, usually a scene of bustling activity given the many shops that line the city square, was shuttered and barricaded for the first week of the lockdown. Though restrictions have eased, the market is yet to come back to its vibrant self. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Empty market in Srinagar
In Delhi, the Supreme Court has directed pleas challenging the abrogation of Article 370 to a 5-judge constitutional bench, and the government has set up a Group of Ministers to look into issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sonawar Road, Srinagar
Fruit vendors in Srinagar, including here on Sonawar Road, have seen business drop. The sight of a photo journalist caused several to quickly scuttle away or turn away from the camera. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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Half open shop on Batwara road, Srinagar
On Batwara road, a shop or two function with their shutters half drawn, ready to make a quick exit if the need arises. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Old Secretariat road, Srinagar
The Old Secretariat road in Srinagar. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Hari Singh street, Srinagar
The Modi government has promised that with Jammu and Kashmir being made a Union Territory, opportunities will open up and spur the economy. As restrictions remain, that reality is hard for locals to imagine just yet. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

With inputs from PTI

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  1. I think India should let Pakistan have the Kashmir and see how it would manage the same!

    Let the Pakis entire gdp is spent on maintaining this stupid place!

    F*k Kashmir. It’s dragging India down, Psychologically. F*k Kashmir

    The average per capita income growth of Mumbai vs Delhi vs Hyderabad(India rightfully taken control) vs this damn Kashmir

    I think they deserve to be Pakistan! Period. A*

  2. may all kasmiris get life to normal and may you have peaceful n successful life in both the worlds ….we are with you ….in this time of distress fellow human

  3. One has to understand that melaic of many years will not vanish in quick secession.
    Here Govt is taking measures by not allowing to go out. Imagine in 1989 onwards Kashmiri Pandits in lacs were ousted from their houses at odd hours! They were displaced forever from vally!
    There is Pakistan waiting for the opportunity to flare up the issue in World forums and here we are weeping for discomfort from the houses?

  4. कश्मीर रात की बाहों में। परवीन जैन २८ –८–२०१९–अपडेट रात के २-१६ पर फोटो कब लिए समय नहीं ।

    पत्रकारिता की दुनिया में आये नौसिखिए नौजवानों को ,,, दी प्रिन्ट,,,ऐसे ही इस्तेमाल कर रहा है जैसे अलगाववादी कश्मीरी नौजवानों को पत्थरबाजी के लिए इस्तेमाल करते हैं। कारण ,,पापी पेट का सवाल है,,। इसे नौकरी का उसे ,आसान पैसे का । कभी अन्दर जा के एडिटर टटोले तो पता लगेगा ,७०% लोग जो भारत के अलग-अलग हिस्सों से रोजी रोटी कमाने के लिए श्रीनगर और नजदीक के इलाकों में किसी भी तरह की मजदूरी करते हैं। उन्हें जबरदस्ती इस काम पर लगाया जाता है,साथ ही पेमेंट भी दिया जाता है। तमाशा यह से इसमें से ज्यादातर मुसलमान गरीब घरों के लोग हैं।।इसका सबूत चाहिए तो ,वो तमाम खबरें और फोटो देखे ,जिसमें श्रीनगर बस अड्डे पर लगी भीड़ ने बयां किया जो वहां से निकल कर अपने घर लौटने के लिए परेशान थे ५ अगसत२०१९ के बाद ।

    मालूम नहीं वो कौन एडीटर होगा जिसने इस आर्टिकल को आडिट कर प्रिंनट का क्लीयरेंस दिया होगा,
    उसे दिल्ली के कनॉट प्लेस या सर्कस में रात के उसी समय में घूम कर देखना और छापना चाहिए जहां कोई पाबंदी नहीं है।
    इस मीडीया घराने को अपने कामों पर शर्म आनी चाहिए। एक नौसिखिया के कन्धे पर बन्दूक रख उसे टारगेट बनाकर खुद आते सामने, अपनी टीम के साथ ।श्रीनगर का कुछ हिस्सा मीडिया के लिए खुला है , बाकी सब फोटो शूट और फेंक होता है।

  5. Kashmir valley has many Pakistani infiltrators…as long as they are there Kashmiris may suffer inconveniences for their own safety

  6. So, what r u trying to show? ? & say? People should be on the roads in night without a reason?
    R u running paki agenda to show calm in megative light. If supreme court too agrees, allow a cooling period & show positive things

  7. Can you guys please take pictures in downtown Srinagar, upper town, Soura, Lal Bazar, and South and North Kashmir towns and villages. It’s not good journalism to show the visuals of highly secure Batamaloo-Lal Chowk-Dal Gate stretch. Kashmir is burning, all of it. Show it to Indian people. Not anti-national RSS/BJP bhakts.

  8. I am from Kashmir it is been more than 25 days and I still unable to reach my loved ones through phone or internet. Some friends who somehow managed to call me through nearby police station and they informed that restrictions are still everywhere and even bad as ever. However Kashmir people are not ready to accept it. It seems that the conditions will be more worse than ever.

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