With the advent of technology and the revolution of smartphones, the news has been spreading faster than ever. The internet and the smartphone have allowed the 2019 conflict to traverse further, through Facebook timelines and WhatsApp messages, and a larger set of vociferous channels. After decades of counter-insurgency and years of manufactured, uncertain peace, the war enters lives and homes here differently.
When the February 2019 war arrived though, it was through smartphones and television channels. The war was here, and with it, a firming of the grip of the nation-state and Indian nationalism. Within a few hours, amidst silence from the Indian government, videos of his capture were released on Twitter by the Pakistan Army.
Though the Indian government has ordered YouTube to take down the videos of IAF wing commander Abhinandana Varthaman’s captivity to be taken down, the videos have already reached millions in no time.