Suresh Raina lauds woman for raising ‘‘Bharat Mata ki jai” chants in Kashmir

Suresh Raina took to Twitter to praise a woman in Kashmir for chanting slogans of “Bharat Mata ki jai” despite tensions in the Valley.

cricket Updated: Aug 16, 2017 14:15 IST
Sarthak Bal
Sarthak Bal
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Suresh Raina,India national cricket team,Twitter
Suresh Raina lauded a Kashmiri woman for chanting “Bharat Mata ki jai”. (PTI)

Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has shared a video of a woman in Kashmir who chanted slogans of “Bharat Mata ki jai” despite most of the valley remaining ambiguous to India’s 71st Independence Day.

While Indian’s all over the country celebrated on Tuesday, a majority of the attendees at the Bakshi stadium in Kashmir where the main Independence Day event was being held chose to remain seated, even as the national anthem was played.

Restrictions were imposed in many parts of Kashmir as separatist’s restricted Independence Day celebrations.

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But in the video shared by the batsman on Twitter he applauds the bravery of a Kashmiri Pandit woman who amidst all the tension chose to rejoice. His tweet reads: ‘#Kashmiripandit lady chanting “Bharat mata ki jai” in Srinagar on #IndependenceDay! She is a brave heart! Salute! #Peace #Love #Safety’

The woman continued to chant slogans of Indian patriotism even as a few security personnel began to surround her, possibly for her own safety at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk. In fact she even urges passersby to join her, stating that they too belong to India.

She chanted: “Bharat Mata ki jai! Vande mataram! Aap bhi Bharat ke hain. Bharat Mata ki jai bolna humara farz hain. (You too are from India and saying ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ is our duty) Bharat mata ki jai!”

Kashmiri Pandits are the only remaining Hindu community in Kashmir. They are original inhabitants on the valley but remain a minority as of today.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 13:26 IST