Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar under fire for comments on suspended Kashmiri students

Akhtar said that the suspended Kashmiri students should have been rusticated instead of being restored by varsity.

Web Desk March 11, 2014
Javed Akhtar said people should be ashamed of supporting those who celebrated the defeat of the Indian cricket team's defeat as they are traitors. PHOTO: AFP

Indian film lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar came under fire on Tuesday after some comments he made on Twitter on Monday about the 67 students from Kashmir who were suspended by Sharda University in Uttar Pradesh for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in a cricket match on March 1, in Asia Cup.

Akhtar said that the suspension of the Kashmiri students should not have been revoked, instead they should be rusticated from the varsity and forced to return to the occupied state.

NDTV reported on Monday that Swami Vivekanand Subharti University had revoked the suspension and assured the students that they will not be ‘hounded’ once they return to campus.

The Uttar Pradesh government, which had initially filed sedition charges against the students, later withdrew their complaint after human right Groups and media highlighted the issue.

Akhtar's tweet, however, stoked the matter further on social media. It was not long though before he came under heavy criticism for his stance..

In response to a tweet asking him to be ashamed for demanding to sent back the students to Kashmir, Akhtar said such people should be ashamed of supporting those who celebrated a defeat of the Indian cricket team and went on to label them as 'traitors.'


indian | 7 years ago | Reply

Pakistani should see what they are and what they have done to minority in their country. how they have treated them and what scale of lebirty and human right they have given to minority of their country. They have no moral right to comment on we indian

Bilal Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

I think we have taken this debate to a different level. I dont think Javed Akhter said anything wrong; that was a natural reaction. I would be saddened if any Pakistani, irrespective of his/her religious belief, celebrates Indian victory over Pakistan. If Pakistan is out of the competition and India is playing against any other nation, I would probably support Team India and why not. With a hope that one day I would not require a visa to enter the Indian territory, as is the case in Europe, I wish all the emotional people on both the sides the very best.

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