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Cheerleaders Of Bid To Amend Article 370 Just Like Supporters Of Emergency: TM Krishna

The Carnatic musician has been a vocal opponent of what he calls undemocratic and draconian actions in Kashmir.

The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party’s bid to amend Article 370 has elicited outrage from activists and political leaders. But for the most part, it has caused the saffron party’s fans to feel smug.

With Jammu and Kashmir under a communication blackout — landlines, broadband, mobile internet, all unusable in most parts of Kashmir — the subjects of the now-Union Territory have had only chunks of news available to them. Several reports show that people there are still living in uncertainty and fear. Yet, there is a concerted attempt to present the situation in Kashmir as peaceful and the move as successful.

Carnatic musician TM Krishna took to Twitter on August 10 to call this out. He likened the supporters of the much-agreed unconstitutionality of the bid to amend Article 370 to the supporters of the Indira Gandhi-era Emergency.

Krishna wrote, “I convinced that many of the cheerleaders of the undemocratic and draconian actions in Kashmir are the 2019 versions of those who said emergency was good because people came to work on time, buses and trains were on time etc.”

Krishna’s tweet comes hours after Al Jazeera reported that Indian security forces fired tear gas and shot live rounds in the air to disperse mass protests in Srinagar. The protests erupted afternoon prayers on Friday, with thousands of people marching towards the centre of Srinagar ignoring the curfew.

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