25 September, 2020

CAA Protests: The Streets Were Warm This ­December

People in several parts of the country took to the streets in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act claiming the amen­ded law is discriminatory

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CAA Protests: The Streets Were Warm This ­December
outlookindia.com
2019-12-28T15:44:44+05:30

A student loses an eye. Protestors recite the Preamble to the Constitution. Buses are set on fire. Police ransack a university library. Girls give roses to cops. An eight-year-old dies in a stampede at a protest. “It’s so bad that even introverts are here,” reads a poster. ‘Office of the students’ issues a notice expelling the university’s vice chancellor. Historian Ramchandra Guha is detained in Bangalore. “India awakens to fight for its soul,” proclaims a New York Times opinion. The toll: 25 dead so far.

People in several parts of the country took to the streets in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed by Parliament. Many claim the amen­ded law is discriminatory as it makes an ­exc­eption for non-Muslim minorities from Pakis­tan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the granting of Indian citizenship. Coupled with the proposed update of the Nat­ional Register of Citizens (of which the Nat­ional Population Register is ­being seen as a precursor), CAA was seen as part of a larger design...

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