What Happens When You Cheer for the “Wrong” Cricket Team in India?

Cricket fans sometimes take their sport a bit too seriously—especially when it comes to the game’s most heated rivalry—India versus Pakistan, a matchup that makes the Yankees vs. the Red Sox look like the puppy bowl.

Case in point: On Thursday the police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh charged 67 Kashmiri college students with sedition for cheering for Pakistan during a cricket match against India, and for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans after Pakistan won.

The students denied the latter charge, and the police dropped the case hours later because of public and political blowback. Still, the incident has cast a spotlight on the longstanding enmity between India and Pakistan, countries that have been at odds for decades over the disputed Kashmir Valley…read it at The New York Times.

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