Born as a Kashmiri, veteran actor Anupam Kher is also quite active on social networking sites. While he voices out opinions on social media, he recently got embroiled at the JNU controversy. And now, the actor it seems wasn’t allowed to visit NIT Srinagar, capital city of Jammu and Kashmir.
Anupam Kher was planning to visit the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar but was stopped by the police authorities at the airport. The actor, who waited for long for permission, however was denied to visit the college campus, and he too returned from J&K back to Mumbai. The entire incident, however, was described by Anupam Kher on the social networking site where he said, “I have been told by J&K police that I cannot enter Srinagar city at all. I have asked them to show me the orders. Still at the airport. Asked J&K Police if I can visit my ancestral home or Kheer Bhawani temple. Even that is not allowed. Basically it is #AirportArrest. Waiting for official orders to be shown to me. #Kashmir #NITSrinagar”.
Soon he posted an apology note to NIT who were eagerly awaiting his arrival, as he added, “Dear #NITSrinagar students: Your courage has been Loud & Clear. Now show victory with your exam results. I send you my love from d airport. Dear #NITSrinagar Students: Country loves & Salutes ur Nationalism & Courage. Keep it up. Work Hard & Good luck for your exams. #Blessings.”
On the other hand, one of these students responded to the same saying, “#NITSrinagar is grateful to u @anupampkher ji & @ashokepandit ji, unfortunate that u could not reach us but ur gesture is enough.” Anupam Kher too thrilled with the gesture said, “Thank you friends for understanding and maturity. Love.:) My view of Kashmir was clouded today. But I am sure these clouds will clear one day. There’ll b sunlight.:)#Optimism. As I return from Srinagar airport, my heart is heavy but i have hope that things will change & become better. I remain an #EternalOptimist. Thank you Srinagar airport staff, J&K Police & other authorities for your warmth & hospitality while i was at d airport. I will be back.:)”
Anupam Kher also posted a picture of the gift he planned to give the NIT students saying, “Dear #NITSrinagar students: My Special gift for you.”
The entire controversy started when a gang war of sorts sparked between the Kashmiri students and non-Kashmiri ones after a match with the latter alleging that they had to face police brutality. Further they also claimed that Kashmiris went on to shout out anti-India slogans after India lost the match to West Indies during the recent T20 World Cup.