India lost to West Indies last week in the T20 Cricket tournament. Some Kashmiri students reportedly burst firecrackers (can be assumed as celebration for India’s loss). This infuriated the non-local students who then took out a pro-India march in the campus and raised anti-Pakistan and pro-India slogans.
The local Kashmiri students consequently carried out a counter-protest march in which they allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans. They also hoisted a green flag in the campus.
With this, things went out of hand and the two groups started beating each other up (500+ non-Kashmiris vs ~70 Kashmiris). The non-Kashmiri students also harassed teachers (one teacher was allegedly beaten up) and damaged college infrastructure. They also assaulted a local courier boy after he refused to say “Bharat mata ki jai”.
Police was called in and teargas shelling and cane charge was used to finally disperse the students. The institute had to be shut down for few days (till it reopened recently).
What is RIGHT about the non Kashmiri students of NIT Srinagar who went violent recently?
If you love your country and your cricket team, it is okay to get infuriated with a fellow Indian when he / she celebrates the loss of the nation that he / she belongs to. And though ideally, violence should be avoided (and is condemned), shouldn’t the Kashmiri students be blamed for instigating the other students?
What is WRONG about the non Kashmiri students of NIT Srinagar who went violent recently?
India’s defeat in a cricket match gives relief to some Kashmiris who despise Indian military’s power across the state (Source1,Source2). Is it a crime to celebrate India’s loss, if you are an Indian national? If non-Kashmiris have problems with Kashmiri students of their college bursting firecrackers, shouldn’t they talk about it, report it, and try to convince their batchmates otherwise? India – the country, belongs to both, whether they hate it or like it!
Getting angry is not a good enough reason to get violent and destroy property. It only further alienates the Kashmiris as reflected by the following reactions:
- Kashmir University Students’ Union (KUSU) believes this NIT episode “is a glaring example of how the Indian state colonises even the campuses and institutes in the Valley and makes these hostile for Kashmiri students”. (Source)
- Terming the incident as “intolerable”, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani said that it is “investigating” the involvement of “state machinery” in the NIT clashes. (Source)
- Engineer Rashid, an Independent MLA of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly warned of “dire consequences” if acts of “harassment, torture and humiliation of Kashmiri students, in and outside the state, is not stopped.” (Source)
We at neutral image don’t want to judge either the non-Kashmiris who went violent nor the Kashmiri students who don’t like their own country. We just want to present both side’s perspective here and leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.
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Original post by Neha Kirpal, edited by Amrit Vatsa.