` What Life? Is Like Inside the World's Longest Lockdown
Whether it is the corona virus or not, the lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir has been going on for ten months 



Muhammad Yaqub's casualty has been lying inactive in Dal Lake since August fifth, compelling six individuals to do different tasks to help his family. 

There has been no movement in Abdul Khaliq's houseboat in Srinagar's Dal Lake since Article 370, which has an exceptional status for Indian-managed Jammu and Kashmir, was canceled on August 5, 2019. 

Abdul Khaliq, 70, says: "Before August 5, visitors used to go to my houseboat. Be that as it may, when the Indian government provided a warning requesting that the visitors leave Kashmir, all the travelers left. Not a solitary traveler has been seen there since. We are seriously influenced and we have not earned a solitary rupee. 

Abdul Khaliq says he used to procure between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 every day Presently the barren Dal Lake takes a gander at us and we take a gander at it with aching.

There are more than 800 houseboats in Dal Lake. Tourists visiting Kashmir stay in the houseboat and enjoy it.


On August 5 last year, the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir

Muhammad Yaqub's victim has been lying idle in Dal Lake since August 5, and he has six other people to support his family.

I cleaned the drains and did whatever I could. We spend the day thinking but when night comes I can't sleep.
He says that if you look at the scenario of the whole of India, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is very different. You will see people here become mentally ill.

"If you conduct a survey in Kashmir, the government will have to increase the capacity of mental hospitals, leaving the process of dealing with the Corona epidemic in the middle," says Yaqub. We are becoming mentally ill. If this continues, our family will not know who we are.

Recently, the government announced a Rs 1,000 package for houseboats and hunting owners. But Jacobs called the package a "big joke."


Yaqub says he had to break his son's fixed deposit for household expenses

I was helpless, I had no choice On August 5 last year, the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the entire region into two separate Centrally Administered Territories.

The economy of Indian-administered Kashmir has lost about Rs 18,000 crore since August 5. These figures were released by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries in January 2020.

Curfews, sanctions and strikes have been in place in Kashmir for more than five months since August 5.


The Indian government shut down all means of communication and put in place extraordinary security measures to prevent protests after the repeal of Article 370.



Last Friday, when Dar lifted the shutters of his shop ten months later, he was surprised to find that his shop had been turned into a nest by birds.
The cricket bat industry in South Kashmir has also been facing difficulties since August 5.

Ghulam Nabi runs a bat-making unit at Dar Sangam, and has suffered heavy financial losses in the last ten months.

Last Friday, when Dar lifted the shutters of his shop ten months later, he was surprised to find that his shop had been turned into a nest by birds.

The birds built nests inside our shops. We are not able to pay the electricity bills nor can we repay the loans taken from the banks. Even if we make bats, who will we sell them to? Shops are closed across India and factories are closed in Kashmir. We supply our products all over India. I still have more than Rs 2 million worth of products in the factory.


There are more than 300 bat-making factories in Sangam and thousands of people are employed in the bat-making trade.

















The machine imported from abroad at the Shiraz Walnut Factory has been silent since August 5
Shiraz Hafiz's walnut factory in Anantnag district has also suffered heavy losses since August 5.

"My seasonal production of walnuts used to be 500,000 kg, which has come down to 80,000 kg due to this lockdown," says Shiraz. Due to the lockdown, I am paying my employees without making any profit. we are paying bank interest without making any profit from our business." ۔ Industries in Kashmir are on the verge of closure.

"We are in the second longest lockdown since August 5," KCCI president Ashiq Hussain told the BBC.

"Everyone knows our situation," he says. The closure of Kashmir began on August 2, 2019, when tourists and pilgrims (Hindu pilgrims) were asked to leave Kashmir.


After that, people hoped that the damage would be compensated in three to four months. With the arrival of spring, smiles began to return on the faces of the people. But then we got the Corona virus and the business community felt like we couldn't get out of the lockdown.

Sheikh Ashiq Hussain, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries


Ashiq Hussain says, “People across India are shouting that their business is going through the most difficult period. But when we sit down and calculate, our case is completely different. We have not been idle for the last two months, but we have been seeing the same bad situation for the last ten months.

But after six months, your burden is on your shoulders. Every year we face a situation like lockdown. Working in these situations is a big challenge. In such a situation, financial injection is needed for the business community of Kashmir.

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