Headline, December 22 2019/ '' ' INTERNET'S -IMPLODING- INTERTWINE ' ''



THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY RISES IN SORROW : protests and appeals most respectfully  and urgently and with its heart and soul to ........

Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to treat its best sons and daughters, the brave students of India, with such utter brutality.

The World Students Society protests and appeals to the Leaders of Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, not to use brutal force against the students.

The students have a legal and constitutional and human rights mandate to question, to debate, to protest for their rights, their concerns and a better world, of dignity, respect and love and mutual parleys.

WITH PROTESTS ON THE RISE, India tops the world in cutting off access to the Living Lifeline : The Internet.

As the government of India pushes increasingly provocative policies, it is using a tactic to stifle dissent that is associated with 'authoritarian regimes', not democracies : It is shutting down the Internet.

INDIA tops the world - by far - in the number of Internet shutdowns imposed by local, state and national governments. Last year, Internet Service was cut in India 134 times, and so far this year 93 shutdowns have occurred, according to the SFLC.in, a legal digital rights advocacy group in New Delhi that has tracked India's Internet shutdowns since 2012, using reports from journalists, other advocacy groups and citizens.

The country's closest competitor is Pakistan, which had 12 shutdowns last year. Syria and Turkey -countries not especially known for their democratic spirit - each shut down the Internet just once in 2018.

'Anywhere there is a sign of disturbance, that is the first tool in the toolbox,'' said Mishi Choudhary founder of SFL. C.in. 'When maintenance of law and order is your priority, you are just not thinking about free speech.

Last week, citing a threat of violence and false rumors, the authorities in the states of Assam, Maghalaya andd Tripura in northeast India and severed connectivity in response to protests against a new citizenship law that critics would marginalize India's 200 million Muslims.

Much of West Bengal and parts of Uttar Pradesh, two of India's most populous states, were also put under digital lockdown.

With the Kashmir region still languishing offline since August, at least 60 million people have been cut off, roughly the population of France.

There moves comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tightens his grip on India. His administration and its allies have jailed hundreds and thousands of Kashmiris without charges, intimidated journalists, arrested intellectual and suppressed gloomy economic reports. His critics say he is undermining India's deeply rooted traditions of democracy and steadily stamping out dissent.

With half a billion Indians online, the authorities say they are simply trying to stop the spread of hateful and dangerous misinformation, which can move faster on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other services than their ability to control it.

''A lot of hate and provocative stuff starts appearing on messaging services, particularly WhatsApp ,'' said Harmeet Singh, a senior police official in Assam, which borders Bangladesh and has been and has been one of the hot spots of protests against the citizenship laws.

But as the Internet becomes more integral to all aspects of life, the shutdowns affect far more than protesters or those involved in politics. The shutdown can be devastating to people eking in poverty and just trying to make a living.

In Kashmir, Internet service was stopped on August 5, when Mr. Modi's government suddenly revoked the area's autonomy sent in thousands of  troops and disabled all communications, stifling public dissent. The Internet has now been off for 140 days. Some people even take a short flight to the next state just to check their email.

''There is no work,'' said Sheikh Ashiq Ahmed, the president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce. He said thousands of entrepreneurs, especially those who make silk scarves and handicrafts, relied on social media to sell their products online.

''The dignity of these people have been taken away.''

While many of India's shutdowns have been intended to prevent the loss of life, some occurred for more mundane reasons, like to make it harder for students to cheat on exams.

The Honor and Serving and  Sadness of this publishing. continues. The World Students Society thanks authors, Jeffrey Gettleman, Vindu Gore and Maria Abu-Habib.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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