A few days ago, the pilgrims and devotees of the Amarnath Yatra and the tourists in the state of Jammu and Kashmir were asked to immediately stop their trips and leave the valley.

Source: News Nation

Within hours, more than 35,000 soldiers were sent to the valley, which was already the most militarised place on Earth.

Source: The Hindu

The next thing we know is that schools and colleges and other educational institutions were asked to shut down and non-residential students were asked to leave the state ASAP.

Source: The Indian Express

Mind you, while we watched all this happening on TV, the people of Kashmir were living it. But unlike us, they had no idea what was going on.

Curfew was then imposed along with Sec 144.

Source: Deccan Herald

Internet, cable TV, landlines, even radios were shut down by the central government, essentially cutting off all flows of information to and from the valley.

Source: India Today

Imagine being a Kashmiri last night. Imagine the panic it must have caused. Was it going to be a war? What else could justify sending 35,000 more soldiers to an already heavily armed place?

Imagine must be going through the minds of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives whose families live there but there was no way to reach them, to know if the people you love the most are okay?

Now imagine that happening in any other place in the country. How would you react?

At least our media told us that he BJP was planning to do something big, like scrap Article 370 and Article 35a but the people there, they have no idea.

They are still literally living in the Dark Ages, in fear and uncertainty.

Besides, what was the purpose of putting state leaders like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest?

One cannot help but think that all this is because they didn't want the general public to mobilise and protest against their decision to strip Kashmir of its special status.

So there was no state machinery in place to even oppose the centre when it did what it had been planning all along.

I am not educated enough to have the liberty to comment on if the centre scrapping Article 370 and 35a was the right or wrong thing to do. But, as a citizen of this country who knows and understands the rights of his fellow citizens, this was simply undemocratic.