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Anti-CAA protests at the Jamia Millia Islamia and consequent violence have led to similar protests in other universities across the country like Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University et al.
On Monday, 16 December, several students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai took to the streets of Chembur in support of fellow students of these varsities. The protest was staged against the violence that had erupted the previous day at Jamia and AMU.
Amid chants of ‘Jai Bhim’ and ‘Azaadi’, several students expressed their dissatisfaction with brute force used by the police.
“This was done against the violence that has been inflicted on students of various campuses across India. We got to know that even at Delhi University in Arts Faculty there has been a violent clampdown of police on a peaceful demonstration.”Kartikey, Student
Another common thread binding students was the dissatisfaction against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which they stated was discriminatory and against the democratic fabric of the nation.
“If the government introduces such Bills against the people of this country, we will stand against them and we will oppose them.”Isha, Student
The Bill, they said, will be opposed by the student community.
“The Citizenship Amendment Bill that has been passed is a derogatory and discriminatory Bill that discriminates against indigenous people and Muslims. We must oppose it.”Anmol, Student
Some students also said that the CAA and the NRC need to be fought together.
“Nineteen lakh people were left out of the NRC because for some reason they were not able to provide the required documents. We have to fight CAA and NRC together and we have to be very clear that nobody is illegal in this country just because they were not able to meet a standard of legality.”Anant, Student
While expressing discontent for the passing of the Bill, students put forth the view that the youth of India are united against any discriminatory Bills or hate that could tear apart the country.
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