Imagine the Indian lockdown without the internet and phones. Now think Kashmir

At 8pm local time, on March 22, prime minister Narendra Modi gave 1.3 billion Indians a four-hour notice to confine themselves to their homes for the next 21 days. The national health emergency, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, suddenly plunged the country into uncharted waters, with most people having no experience in navigating them.

In these dark times, one place that most Indians can look up to for guidance is Kashmir, with its three decades of experience with such crises.

In the restive northern region, drawn closures and blackouts are banal realities that are hardly disruptive.

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