[ View the story "Kashmiris say: '#WeAreSeditious'" on Storify] Kashmiris say: '#WeAreSeditious' Sparks fly online over Indian university's decision to punish students cheering for Pakistan during cricket match.
The Stream· Thu, Mar 06 2014 10:18:19
We wear Green Shirts and we am Kashmiris ... Dear India send us behind bars #WeAreSeditiousKASHMIRI
I thought to put on a green nail paint to celebrate the fact #WeAreSeditiousLubna Reshi
Many online were quick to call the university's actions unfair:
Sedition charge against Kashmiri students is an unacceptably harsh punishment that will ruin their futures & will further alienate them 1/nOmar Abdullah
@shukla_tarun @AdityaRajKaul Still feel it could have been dealt with at university level without summoning the police 1/2Aparna Kalra
@HariNYT While student acted stupidly bt what is wrong in supporting a good team bt nt shouting slogans. They don't deserve sedition chargesSanjay Jha
@shukla_tarun @AdityaRajKaul And if the police is called, charge with damaging college property, not sedition. Never mind the slogans.Aparna Kalra
India is a place where nobody dares try Geelani with treason but slams a bunch of college cricket fans 4 cheering Pk with sedition, no less.SonaliRanade
@CAABTRI if ur so perfect of a nation why did expelled those students over a cricket match? if uv to start abuse don't bother replyinMata
However, some argued that the behaviour of the students could have instigated campus tensions:
@abdullah_omar Raising pro-Pak slogans & spreading disharmony in univ is not an ordinary crime. Police has done d right thing @AnupamPkherSunil Bhat
@abdullah_omar Hats off to V-C of the univ Dr Manzoor Ahmed for taking a strong action against anti-national elements @anupampkherSunil Bhat
@AdityaRajKaul Just ask him what to do with that population that hoists Paki flags, plays anti India songs? #WtfAnkit Ahuja
Others questioned what would happen if the situation were reversed:
@AdityaRajKaul what if these 'Kashmiri Muslim' students were in Pakistan & cheered for India what would have pakistan do????Aditya Raina
Before condemning the expulsion of Kashmiri students in Meerut, Pakistanis should ask themselves how they would react in the same situation.Aisha Sarwari
When UK born Indians cheer for England against a match with India in India, does that too become seditious?? #Kashmir #WeAreSeditiousZaid ;)
Ummm.. I dont cheer for Indian football team... And yeah, I dont like Bollywood. Not-so-dear India, m I being seditious? #JustAskingSamreen Mushtaq
I support #Spain in Football, #NewZealand in Rugby. And I cheer for them. Yes in #India. Am I seditious?Imagineer
According to reports, Pakistan's government has
its support for the students. A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday, "If these Kashmiri students want to come and pursue their studies in Pakistan, our hearts and academic institutions are open to them".
Kashmiri youth could study in Punjab than going to Lucknow UP etc to avoid being booked for supporting Pakistan team. #FriendshipGurinder S Ahluwalia
@Mufc2811 i didnt support their expelling, i jus opposed Pak's offer to adopt em ! And i never abuse on social sites nor off social sites,tcCA ABHINAV TRIPATHI
The news has reignited an ongoing issue about the plight of Kashmiris who have been caught between India and Pakistan.
Instead of expelling them; if we pondered why the Kashmiri students in UP university cheered for #Pakistan we would have solved the K-issue!Rahul Sharma
Incident with Kashmir students in Meerut is not appropriate.It doesn't help in integration but in alienation.Hari Kumar
Simply put. You see your Oppression as Legitimate Rule. You see our Resistance as Sedition. You're wrong in both the cases. #WeAreSeditiousتوصيف Tavseef
Wow. This absurdity of India has snowballed into the reality that "Kashmiris are not Indians" and world knows about it. #thankYou #KashmirtheSeditiousKashmiri
Supporters in solidarity with the students plan to stage a
Friday against the treatment of the group.
Join JNUSU protest demo at UP Bhawan tomorrow at 3 pm sharp against the harassment and eviction of Kashmiri...
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