December 21, 2009
Ban on prepaid meets sarcasm in Kashmir
While mobile phone subscribers across Kashmir continue to suffer from a prepaid service ban, an Australian student has devised a novel communicative tool apparently to mock at the authorities and generate debate over the issue. Rising Kashmir reports.
Alana Hunt, who is currently studying at the department of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, has designed 4x4 inch ‘paper text message’ cards meant for Kashmiris to exchange written messages.
“Since the prepaid mobile phone connections in Kashmir have been banned, perhaps it is the right time now for us to use our imagination and generate different kinds of commutative tools ourselves,” the card reads.
The card offers space to people to write a “different kind of paper text message” to anyone, real or imagined, anywhere in the world about anything one would like to write in a text message.
Most of the cards appeal Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram to withdraw the ban. Some even dare him to try the decree in New Delhi and elsewhere in India.
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