Actress turned politician Urmila Matondkar, has been quite active in her stance against the Indian government’s abrogation of Article 370. Continually calling out the central government for initiating a shutdown in Kashmir and stripping the Kashmiris of basic human rights, the actress shed light on how she hasn’t been able to contact her in-laws for 22 days.
“My father-in-law and mother-in-law stay there. Both are diabetic, have high blood pressure. Today is the 22nd day, neither me nor my husband have been able to speak to them. We have no clue if they have medicines available at home,” said Urmila, as reported by the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Since the scrapping of Article 370 and the severe lockdown that followed, many Indian celebrities chose to remain quiet and not speak on the matter, however Urmila has tweeted against the regime’s extreme measures and made sure that her loyalties to Congress are made clear; she had unsuccessfully contested as a Congress candidate from a Mumbai seat in this year’s general elections in India.
Govt.’s desperate attempts to show “rosy picture of normalcy”in JnK is beyond pathetic. With #370Scrapped and talks of bright future,till when is this torture of local people and leaders going to end? How is “sabka vishwas” ever possible like this??#KashmirStillUnderCurfew https://t.co/69AA8oJTst
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) August 24, 2019
“It is easy to drape ourselves in our national flag and shout ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’ and ‘Jai Ho’, but it is difficult to practice the values. Patriotism means what will bring the best out of every citizen,” Narayana Murthy, Infosys,explaining the true meaning of patriotism.
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) August 25, 2019
Not surprisingly, the actress attracted a number of naysayers to her account, with people calling her out for ‘showing her true colors’.
Bakhtiyar begum finally showing her true colors ! #UrmilaMatondkar
— Main Bhi Chowkidaar ! (@SarcasticMeee) August 30, 2019
Some called her out for her ‘selective drama.’
@UrmilaMatondkar you would have been dumb when kashmiri pandits were thrown out from their homes. Where was ur pain then. Selective drama is rejected by Indians.
— Ashwani Kumar Bhat (@ashwanibhat1972) August 30, 2019
While others were of the view that she should have visited her in-laws herself or perhaps that she doesn’t really care about them.
— Gourav Jain/गौरव जैन🇮🇳 (@iJainGourav) August 30, 2019
@UrmilaMatondkar Ma'am, shouldn't you visit your in-laws in the valley instead of complaining about the communication facility? 🤔
— Rohit Kapoor (@IndianTrainFan) August 30, 2019
Kashmir has been stripped of mobile connectivity and internet for over 25 days now, with a large part of Srinagar been converted into a fortress, inaccessible for outsiders. The situation between Pakistan and India also remains tense over the plight of Kashmir.