Indian-administered Kashmir made headlines across the globe in 2019 after New Delhi imposed a severe lockdown and communications blockade in the disputed region in August.

While life is slowly returning to normal after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided it into two federally-administered Union territories, a ban on pre-paid mobile phones and the internet remains in place.

Top Kashmiri expert Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has a doctorate in media communications and has lived in the U.S. for the last four decades, where he leads the World Kashmir Awareness Forum, was in Turkey for Kashmir-related conferences.

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