‘COVID vaccine may come but not 4G’: Kashmir netizens poke fun as slow internet gets on nerves

Srinagar:“COVID-19 vaccine will come before 4G restoration in Kashmir,” one of the Twitter users reacted to the government’s decision of further extending 2G services in J&K till April 27.

Every time people hope for the restoration of 4G, the government comes up with an order to extend the ban.

While many wail in silence, others vent their anguish on social media. “Sunny Deol’s iconic dialogue ‘tarikh-pe-tarikh’ fits the bill about the restoration of 4G service……,” reacted Meer Tahir on Twitter.

“Two minutes silence for those who are waiting for 4G,” wrote another Twitter user.

Many others rebuked the government by linking it to COVID19. “The reason behind the restoration of 4G in Kashmir is that 4G has been tested positive for COVID19,” wrote another twitter user.

But this doesn’t stop here; many angry users have also started “digital satyagraha” to press for 4G restoration.

A Twitter account by the name of All J&K PARAYI PARTY’ has started a campaign with a hashtagHmara4GWapasKro’.

“Activity alert: In continuation of our digital satyagraha regarding restoration of the unfair ban on 4G in Jammu, we r now coming with new hashtags,” they wrote on Twitter.

The longing for fast speed internet is growing in Kashmir, so is the world of memes. “Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge…,” was the reaction of one of the users on 4G.

Another angry user compared 4G with “Kebabs”. “I miss you like Kashmiris miss the 4G restoration.”

From food items to filmy dialogues, Kashmiris are using all means to vent their anger on social media against 4G ban. Many have even suggested the political parties to keep 4G restoration in their manifestos.

“I think Next election in J&K shall be fought on Restoration of 4G .”

To add emotional touch to their internet blues, one of the netizens uploaded picture of a small kid requesting PM Modi for restoration of 4G service when he was addressing the nation. “Students are missing online classes due to shortage of internet service.”

The high speed internet services have been blocked since August last year when the government of India abrogated Article 370 and divided J&K into two union territories.

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Mubashir joined The Kashmir Monitor as a reporter/ sub-editor in Jan 2013. Since then, he has been consistently covering beats including conflict, politics, education, and health. He is also handling online section of the paper besides working as Video Producer.

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