Despite the Indian Supreme Court ruling that the internet ban in Kashmir was illegal, it is just now, after seven months of telecommunications lockdown, that India has restored internet services for two weeks, only until March 17th. An Indian government official notoriously said that Kashmiris only used the internet to watch ‘dirty movies’. It’s too stupid to deserve rebuttal. If that were so, why the need to lock out of news & social media? The harm done Kashmiris was not just denial of access to social media but had far-reaching commercial, medical, educational, social, political consequences. In this day & age, internet access is a fundamental right of citizens.