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India's Shutdown Numbers

44

2021

129

2020

106

2019

134

2018

79

2017

31

2016

14

2015

6

2014

5

2013

3

2012

Total Shutdowns
551
Most Shutdowns
Jammu and Kashmir, 318
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Recent Shutdowns
Dec. 6, 2021
Internet services were suspended in Mon district on Nagaland in wake of violent protests erupting …
Nov. 26, 2021
Mobile internet were suspended in many parts of the city a day after the killing …
Nov. 16, 2021
Internet services were shut down and a four-day curfew was imposed in Maharashtra's Amravati city …
Oct. 27, 2021
Internet services were shut in various districts in Rajasthan to prevent cheating in RAS premilm …
Oct. 24, 2021
Mobile internet service suspended in Zainapora Belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Oct. 23, 2021
The Internet was suspended in various districts in Rajasthan to prevent cheating in Patwari Exams …
Oct. 18, 2021
Mobile Internet was suspended in Multiple districts in Kashmir.
Oct. 6, 2021
Internet services were suspended in Kawardha town in Chhattisgarph amidst communal tension.
Oct. 3, 2021
Internet was shutdown in #Lakhimpur in #UP amidst violence in the state.
Sept. 27, 2021
Internet services were suspended in the State to prevent cheating in Reet Exams.

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Disclaimer - Please note that in case you notice any discrepancies in the number of shutdowns at a state level and district level, it is due to the fact that a single order of shutdown which will be counted as one may be imposed in multiple districts, thereby increasing the district count but keeping the state count the same.

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Longest Shutdowns

552 days

Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir

Aug. 4, 2019 - Feb. 6, 2021

An internet shutdown was imposed in the evening of 4th August 2019, when Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated by the Parliament of India. It was passed by the Presidential order number 272 dated August 5, 2019. The State of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. This was a preventive …

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145 days

Kargil, Ladakh

Aug. 4, 2019 - Dec. 27, 2019

Kargil district of Ladakh faced a shutdown of 145 days, which was imposed since August 2019 on the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir. The shutdown was imposed alongside the suspension of all landlines, mobiles and SMS communication as a preventive measure in the wake of the abrogation of article 370. It was lifted on December 2019 in the district, …

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133 days

Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir

July 8, 2016 - Nov. 19, 2016

One of the longest Internet Shutdowns was observed in Kashmir located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in 2016 due to the agitation caused by the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016. Mobile Internet Services were suspended for 133 days. Mobile Internet services were restored on November 2016 for postpaid users, and on January 2017 for prepaid users. …

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   Trends In Shutdowns

Kind of service restricted

Kinds of services restricted: This graph represents the different services which were restricted during the Internet shutdown. The graph represents trends in shutdowns across different internet services: mobile internet (represented in blue); broadband internet (in grey) and both mobile and broadband (in green).

Nature of Shutdown

This graph represents two types of internet shutdowns preventive shutdown (marked in blue)- these are shutdowns imposed in anticipation of an event which may require for internet to be suspended by the state. The second type is a reactive shutdown (marked in green) - these are the type of shutdowns which are imposed in order to contain on-going law and order situation and are imposed once an event begins.

Duration of Shutdown

This graph represents the time duration of internet shutdowns imposed across three different data sets: Shutdowns under 24 hours (marked in blue); these are shutdowns duration of which are below 24 hours. Shutdowns between 24 and 72 hours(marked in green) - The duration of these shutdowns are above 24 hours but less than 72 hours. Shutdowns above 72 hours (Marked in yellow)- These are shutdowns which last for more than 72 hours. The graph also presents separate data set(marked in Red) indicating non-availability of information on duration of remaining recorded shutdowns which is attributable chiefly to the fact that no public notifications are issued by the Government or Internet Service Providers before, during, or after shutdowns, leaving stake-holders outside the affected areas to source this information from available news reports, which do not consistently mention the duration for the shutdown.

Kind of service restricted

Kinds of services restricted: This graph represents the different services which were restricted during the Internet shutdown. The graph represents trends in shutdowns across different internet services: mobile internet (represented in blue); broadband internet (in grey) and both mobile and broadband (in green).

Nature of Shutdown

This graph represents two types of internet shutdowns preventive shutdown (marked in blue)- these are shutdowns imposed in anticipation of an event which may require for internet to be suspended by the state. The second type is a reactive shutdown (marked in green) - these are the type of shutdowns which are imposed in order to contain on-going law and order situation and are imposed once an event begins.

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