So apparently, Kashmiri students in a Meerut college were expelled for supporting Pakistan in an India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match and celebrating after Pakistan won the match. The college has maintained that there was a clash between these 67 Kashmiris and other students who were rooting for India. Is supporting another country (especially a country like Pakistan a crime)?
First of all, this would not have happened if someone supported Australia or maybe England. But Pakistan is more or less a sworn enemy for most Indians. What must be taken into account is that when we see Kashmiris supporting for Pakistan, even during something as insignificant as a cricket match, it automatically gives rise to separatist fears. Pro-Pakistani elements are obviously present in Kashmir, which are separatist in nature. Most Indians have utter disregard for Pakistan as a nation. The wars, terrorism and beheading haunt our countrymen. So when people from an “integral” part of India (which is a highly disputed region), it gives rise to fears of dominance of Pro-Pakistan elements in Kashmir.
On top of that, Hafiz Saeed, a LeT commander (who roams freely in Pakistan) offered scholarships to these students. A Pakistan daily went as far as saying that Indian security forces lack tolerance. It stung because to some extent, it is not entirely false. However, a hypocrite like Pakistan (who in a similar circumstance would have hanged them with a blasphemy charge) has no right to criticise or meddle in our internal affairs.
One must agree that the action to suspend these students that too for only 3 days is not a very harsh reaction. The authorities may claim their suspension was due to a ruckus that they created but the underlying reason is clearly a different one. At the end of the day, we appear anti-Pakistan, while 67 students suffer but one might say that these students were taught a lesson in nationalism.