30 October, 2020

Has The Indian Muslim Found His…And Her…Voice, And A Place Under The Sun, Like Never Before?

Shaheen Bagh becomes a metaphor for a historical moment in Indian politics: a joyous moment of self-discovery for a beleaguered community

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Has The Indian Muslim Found His…And Her…Voice, And A Place Under The Sun, Like Never Before?
outlookindia.com
2020-02-07T13:42:55+05:30

The fire did not belong to a niche place: some political indoctrination camp or some zone of enlightenment in a university. It burned like a hearth this time. In homes, in people. Shaheen Iqra is a homemaker. She was among the first lot of women who came on the Kalindi Kunj road next to Shaheen Bagh on December 15 evening, blocking it, and staging a 24x7 sit-in that continues till today. When the burqa-wearing woman held the microphone for the first time, her legs quivered. She uttered a long prayer under her breath before the first words came out of her mouth. Addressing the initially small gathering, of women and men, she urged them to call more of their kinsfolk. Zulm (oppression) has crossed all limits, she said. The trigger had been the police action on anti-CAA protestors, including students of Jamia Millia Islamia, earlier that evening.

She’s still here, after seeing through one of the coldest winters in Delhi’s memory. It’s beyond midnight, but Shaheen Bagh is supremely alive. Women in the front rows are clapping to the rhythm of slogans...

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