The government of India revoked article 370, today. Which means that it will no longer have a special status and will become a Union Territory in future.
Constitution(application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 2019 pic.twitter.com/ueZWl8VU59— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir will be divided into two parts, with Ladakh being a separate Union territory without legislation.
Uproar in Rajya Sabha after resolution revoking Article 370 from J&K moved by Home Minister Amit Shah. pic.twitter.com/pR7UQ5QACu— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
As people across the country try to make sense of everything, a trend has been noticed on social media where they are sharing a red square to show solidarity with Kashmir.
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We are witnessing a grave escalation of the crisis in Kashmir. 35k troops have been deployed in a region with reportedly already half a million Indian troops. There is an internet blockade and communication blackout. Preceding to this situation political leaders, activists and even journalists have been detained. The troops are patrolling on the streets and people continue to be locked in their homes after a curfew was declared. We are going #RedForKashmir to bring global attention to the region. As Kashmir goes under communication blackout, it becomes your duty to amplify their voices. #RedForKashmir #StandWithKashmir Red is the colour of our blood. Red is the colour of our history. Red is all of us. As Kashmiris continue to live under an Internet blockade it becomes your duty to amplify their voices. Tag your friends and spread the word. Via @standwkashmir
The trend started yesterday after the government announced a shut-down across the state and stopped all internet and communications services.
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As Kashmir is going through an internet blockade, we want to bring global attention to the crisis that we are witnessing. Around 25,000+ Indian troops have been deployed in a region with reportedly half a million Indian troops already present. In the past couple of days, leaders, activists, and journalists have been detained. Businesses, schools, and all transportation have been shut off. City streets and rural villages are being patrolled by Indian military forces. People continue to be locked in their homes after a curfew was declared. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ More info: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/04/heightened-security-and-anxiety-in-kashmir-amid-fears-of-unrest AND https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/panic-kashmir-india-asks-tourists-pilgrims-leave-190802145955424.html ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ We are going #RedForKashmir to bring global attention to the region. As Kashmir goes under communication blackout, it becomes your duty to amplify their voices. ⠀ #RedForKashmir #StandWithKashmir #Kashmir #HumanRights #InternationalLaw
This was before any kind of announcement and created a sense of confusion in the people. To show support to the people of Kashmir in the time of uncertainty, social media users started sharing a plain red picture.
But why the colour red? As per the post, this is the answer:
Red is the colour of our blood. Red is the colour of our history. Red is all of us.