How Two Months of Internet Shutdown Paralysed Manipur’s Economy

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July 11, 2023

Fearing that a prolonged absence from work may lead to dismissal, Tonsing moved to Mizoram on May 17. “I had no other option than to shift to Mizoram, where there is stable internet, to save my job and support my family financially,” said Tonsing, whose family comprises his wife and five children, including a two-week-old infant.

Tonsing is not alone in his ordeal. Thousands of people and businesses across Manipur reliant on the internet in some form or the other have been pushed to the brink with the blackout now having extended over two months. The shutdown is the longest in India’s history, outside of Jammu and Kashmir.