Kashmiri Students Should Be Rusticated: Javed Akhtar

Kashmiri Students Should Be Rusticated: Javed Akhtar

11 March 2014
Rising Kashmir


New Delhi: In a comment which could ruffle a few feathers, Hindi film lyricist and social activist Javed Akhtar said Monday that the Kashmiri students who had been suspended by their university in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly cheering for Pakistan during a cricket match should be rusticated and sent back to their state. Akhtar posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter – “Why the suspension of those 67 Kashmiri students who cheered Pakistan is revoked. They should be rusticated and sent back to Kashmir.” Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut had expelled 67 Kashmiri students from the hostel after they had allegedly cheered Pakistan cricket team after their victory over India in the Asia Cup match on March 2. The suspension which was indefinite and till further orders by the university is still in place. The match, which was a thriller, was won by Pakistan by one wicket. Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi hit two back-to-back sixes to take his team across the finishing line.