‘This is now People’s Movement’: Jantar Mantar Reverberates with ‘Aazadi’ and ‘Inquilab’

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Some of the protesters carried photos of freedom fighters like Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, BR Ambedkar, Baghat Singh, Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan. (Photo– Zafar Aafaq)

Mohd. Aasif | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI– Amidst growing anger against the CAA-NRC, several hundred students and activists held a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar here on Tuesday, against the “discriminatory” citizenship law and the related government actions. The protesters carried banners and posters denouncing CAA and NRC.

Some of the protesters carried photos of freedom fighters like Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, BR Ambedkar, Baghat Singh, Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan. “The BJP has its agenda of removing Secularism from the Constitution. This law is a symptom of their unholy relations with Israel and Donald Trump. They are working on an Israeli model here and creating an anti-Islam environment,” said Poojan Sahil, a singer and educator.

“CAA & NRC are the tools in their hands to make India a Hindu Rashtra,” said Laxman Yadav another protester.

The protestors converged at Jantar Mantar where students of the Jamia Millia University and a few prominent activists addressed them.

 

Saiful Islam, a student of the Jamia Millia, explained to the crowd how NRC would affect people of this country. “To cite an instance, 50 million people of five districts in Bihar live on the banks of River Kosi. These districts are prone to floods and the inhabitants often lose documents along with their valuable items. They will not be able to produce any document. This is our plight,” he said in his address.

“It’s not an agitation anymore, it is a peoples movement,” said Yogendra, one of the main leaders of the protests in New Delhi.

The gathering listened to the speakers patiently. The speeches were often interrupted by slogans of ‘Azadi’ and ‘Inquilab’ Zindabad.

Social activist Nadeem Khan, founder of United Against Hate, urged the audience to shift the attention towards Uttar Pradesh where tens of people have been killed in police action and related violence during the protests. He asked, “Why has the violence erupted only in BJP ruled states?”

He termed the Yogi government’s decision to auction the property of the protesters to compensate the damage to public property as an act of “vengeance”. “Protesters are being identified and their houses are being attacked and looted. Bullets are fired above the abdomen and their heads are targeted, the purpose being to kill,” Khan said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav said that his claim that no detention center was being built was a lie. “The government has submitted several affidavits admitting the construction of detention camps and the BBC has made a documentary on the Goalpara district detention camp.”

A lecturer of Delhi University’s Zakir Husain College who took part in the protests said the people were not ready to believe in PM Modi. “He fights elections on unemployment, price rise, women safety and promises good days, but once he is in power he forgets them and brings laws like the CAA. He cannot be trusted.”

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