"Eid lunch aimed to rub salt on our wounds": Kashmiri students at AMU boycot invitation
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“Eid lunch aimed to rub salt on our wounds”: Kashmiri students at AMU boycott invitation

After since the abrogation of  Article 370, all the communication sources remain suspended in Jammu and Kahsmir. Kashmiri students studying in various other states are irked as Eid is round the corner but they unable to reach out to their families back in the state.

To their respite in present turmoil, State Governor Satya Pal Malik, allotted Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for students from Jammu and Kashmir who are studying in other parts of the country and will not be able to come home due to security clampdown.

Following the order by J&K Governor, colleges including Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) sent out an invite to the students asking for their presence over the lunch.

However, the recent development suggests that AMU students have boycotted the invitation. Speaking to Newsd, an AMU student Tazeen Junaid said that “the Kashmiri students have expressed their dismay and anger over the ongoing curfew in the state. The students consider the invitation as a Government’s plot to buy student’s consent for the undemocratic means adopted to by the Indian Government to scrap down Article 370.”

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In a statement released on August 11, the students said that, “The invitation has political connotation. It is aimed at rubbing salt on our wounds and to mislead the international community.”

The statement further added that, “The acceptance of the invitation would be an insult to the courage of our parents who are surviving the massive militarization and absolute clampdown in kashmir.”

In a review meeting held at Raj Bhavan on August 7, Governor Satya Pal Malik oversaw arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for the celebration of the festival of Eid-ul-Azha in the coming week. He issued directions that students from outside J&K who wish to go to their homes for the celebrations of Eid may be facilitated.

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Further, Governor Malik sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each to designated Liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for students from J&K who are studying in other states and are unable to come to their homes on the occasion. He has also passed directions for setting up telephone lines in Deputy Commissioners’ offices for students to talk to their families back home

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