Srinagar: “Frozen tapes, frozen pipes frozen roads and frozen water tankies and half an hour of occasional electricity, hell with this”. This is what the status of a local youth Mudasir Ahmed read on Facebook. Facebook has emerged as a major vent giving outlet for the local youth of Kashmir. The different individual status are just words put differently with the aim being the same, to highlight how the valley was darkened with the very first snow fall.
Izhar Wani, Bureau chief AFP, updated his status as “The one who described Kashmir as paradise on earth should revisit the valley now.”
Adil Shah, a student also highlights the grim irony of Kashmir being referred to as paradise in his Facebook status. With the temperature dropping to minus and the streets being covered with snow, Facebook has become the means to protest yet again. While all other modes of communication failed, people gave a voice to the anger inside them over the power cut off via face book. Shakoor Rather’s status highlights the irony of the situation and also echoes the anger of many, “It’s only ironic to bear the fact that a state with a capacity of generating more than 2500 MW of electricity has to reel under darkness”.
All these writings on Facebook and the comments and responds they get make them a common platform for expressing anger and resentment against the lack of management and in efficiency of the authorities. Facebook is used by the younger generation to decide the course of action and is now increasingly gaining significance over other means of communication.
No electricity, meant a black out for the valley and it left the valleyites, without heaters and hot water. The two are nothing less than a necessity in the chilling cold of the valley. This has led the agitated and deprived people to desperately hope for the restoration of power. One such cry of despair could be seen in the status of Taha Abin Nazir: “Powero kaitu chukh. (o,electricity where are you)?”
Bound to remain inside because of the slippery roads social networking is one of the primary means for people to show solidarity against the shut down and publically express their disappointment. Farhana Jan, a student of the Kashmir university wrote on her Facebook wall, “Battery about to die, no bijli so no inverter… P.S I wonder what did those voters vote for in 2008”.