While many global forums are yet to comment on the Modi government’s abrogation of the constitutional provisions that allowed special rights to the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, the Twitterati has reacted strongly.
In solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, several Twitter hashtags popped up, thrashing Indian government for its robbery over Kashmiri’s legal, civil and human rights.
Social Media Goes Red for Kashmir Solidarity
The heavy-handed actions of the Modi-led BJP government were widely criticized by social media users from across the globe. Social media united under the hashtags like #RedForKashmir, #BleedForKashmir, #StandWithKashmir, and #Kashmirunder threat.
A large number of social media users also changed their profile pictures to red in solidarity with the people of Kashmir and to protest the potential bloodshed the occupied Himalayan valley awaits.
Red is the colour of our blood. Red is the colour of our history. Red is all of us." pic.twitter.com/vAmVJjGn3Q
— Jibran Yousuf Khan (@JibranYKhan) August 5, 2019
— Nidha R (@nrafiqii) August 4, 2019
stan twitter is so loud about humanity but where is this humanity for muslims? in the last few days india has threatened genocide on kashmir, they scrapped article 370 which protected kashmir's status as a free state +
— mia #redforkashmir (@lgbtrothy) August 5, 2019
Red, the blood of angry men!
Black, the dark of ages past!
Red, a world about to dawn!
Black, the night that ends at last!
Red I feel my soul on fire!
Red, the color of desire!
— Dawood Yousuf (@youdawood) August 4, 2019
As Kashmir continues to be under a communication blackout, it is important to advocate for the voiceless. The onus is on us, the international community. #StandwithKashmir #RedForKashmir pic.twitter.com/kbvqhlqc58
— Nidha R (@nrafiqii) August 6, 2019
What Happened in Kashmir?
In the early days of August, India started to act strangely in the occupied region. It called off the Hindus’ Amarnath Yatra amid false security threats and started bombing the Azad Kashmir region.
All Indian citizens, local and foreign tourists were ordered to vacate the valley immediately, while schools and colleges were also shut down till further notice.
All regional leadership was either arrested or put under house arrest; military presence was increased by 35000, and local police’s authority was revoked.
Moreover, the region is in a complete communication blackout with the landlines, internet, and mobile phone signals being cut off.
What Is Article 370 and Why It was Important for Kashmir?
On Monday, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the parliament that their government was scrapping the whole Article 370 of the constitution to declare Kashmir a part of India.
The repealing of the constitutional provisions means that Jammu & Kashmir would no longer have its flag, legislation, and constitution. It would be treated as another Indian state.
Non-Kashmiris would be allowed to buy properties and settle in Kashmir – an attempt to turn the only Muslim-majority independent state to a Hindu-majority Indian state.
The move is being seen as an attempt to alter the disputed status of Kashmir.