The Times of India reports that Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, told a public rally that anyone who raises the chant ‘Azadi’ will be charged with sedition. His words were: “If anyone will raise slogans of Azadi in the name of protest, it will amount to sedition & the government will take strict action. It can’t be accepted. People can’t be allowed to conspire against India from Indian soil.”
The Indian government is making a concerted attempt to divide the Kashmiri struggle against occupation from that of Indian Muslims against persecution. Color me obtuse, but I don’t see a future in capitulation to their threats.