Dear Kashmiri students Please hold your emotions.
Some Indians are having issue with our red cheeks, healthy atmosphere and indeed they are having a deep pain with what we like to follow, favour and cheer for. And, of all such pains, the right to favour the team is one among.
Well, as India and Pakistan are set to play the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Sunday at OVAL England, the emotions run high in Kashmir. Everyone in Kashmir is desperately waiting for the day to come and in the heart of hearts are much concerned and showering love for Pakistan team.
Elders, young, children, men, women, old and even those who are on death beds have such a deep concern for the match and are talking about the same. The match thus, is the talk of the town. As everyone knows the valley is in critical circumstances. When it comes to cricket and where people of the valley are genetic lovers of the Pakistan team, so it is an understood point how the scenario of the valley be in favour of Pakistan.
The supporters of both the teams will be chanting, yelling and cheering but in the middle of it, comes the concern for those Kashmiri students who study outside valley. Their parents are cursing the match as they are too much concerned about the safety of their wards. They are continuously calling their children in order to feel themselves satisfied that they are safe. The scheduled match has created a sort of nervousness in them keeping in view the previous incidents like that of Asia Cup where India lost it to Pakistan and the Kashmiri students were beaten, booked under sedition charges and even expelled from the colleges.
Keeping that in view, this article is focused on Kashmiri students who are studying outside Kashmir, in different parts of India. I want to convey you, “kindly, ignore the match and control your emotions”, keep in view the present intolerant situation in Indian State. Focus on your studies and just forget about it for a while. No doubt, keeping emotions inside and not letting them to come out is worst kind of occupation but you have to do it, just for the sake of your parents, your brothers and sisters, just for your safety and future.
We even here in valley are not safe in celebrating any kind of victory being it a fundamental right so granted by the Indian Constitution yet, we recently faced such brutal response from the Indian Army when our love for Pakistan made us to celebrate their victory.
Whosoever wins, be it Pakistan or India please don’t indulge in any case with the opponents. If it be so, the outcome may be –
- You will be beaten to pulp
- You may be booked under section 3.
- You may be expelled from the college.
- Or, all the three may happen to you.
So, be brave and behave as if you don’t know anything about the cricket. And, one more thing don’t think that everyone has a right to cheer for the team or the player one likes, there is nothing like that in India nowadays. You need to cheer for India if you are concerned for your safety. The intolerance in India is at its peak and you must take that into account. The media coverage to the celebration of Kashmiris for the Victory against England has already made the atmosphere too hot. In India, news channels are debating the issue for few days and you know that way they keep suppressing our voices, love , concern, and demands.
Well, I know it is very hard to control emotions that too when you are cricket lovers but for the sake of your well wishers specially your parents you need to control you emotions because the student agitation going on in Kashmir may also be having its impact on your celebrations and please don’t put your carrier on stake.
*Author is pursuing B Tech in SSM College of Engg and Technology, Parihaspora, Srinagar. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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