Soon after the apex political power passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill across the nation, massive protests sparked from North Eastern states of India, shifting down to Assam against the Bill. Protests outbreaks in northern states have rekindled the aggression amongst the people as it took a violent turn in the National capital Delhi yesterday. The protest seem to be epidemic in the nation as various Universities and protestors have been taking to the streets and a ruckus of events have come into the picture.
Before deriving opinionated conclusions let’s understand how it all started:-
What is NRC and what are the consequences of CAB?
Last 2 years have been the spectator of the promise made in
Assam Accord to identify and deport foreigners. Majority of those denied the
citizenship were Hindus or indigenous tribes. Those residing Assamese people, who didn’t get their names enlisted in the citizenship list were sent for
tribunals further. While Assam was struggling to hunt down the crates, finding year old papers of proof, the Union home minister passed the citizenship bill
across the nation amending the bill for muslim minorities.
The citizenship law makes it easier for non-muslims from
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens while
surprisingly, protestors believe that CAB will make NRC redundant and bestow
citizenship on illegal immigrants nullifying the NRC effect anyway.
Critics have been condemning the act of passing the law since they believe that the law discriminates against Muslims and is against secular principles of the constitution.
Spark of protest in Assam
The protest undoubtedly tuned into a movement in Assam with
spontaneous participation of students as they destroyed the public properties
because of which Dibrugarh, Guwahati and Naogaon are still in the standstill.
The internet services were held across the state for long brief hours while schools and institutions were shut down.
From Assam to Delhi
Hundreds of students gathered outside the Police Headquarters
in Delhi in response to a call from the students of Jawaharlal Nehru
University. Also, the violence took place starting Sunday evening as students
from Jamia ended up in a war like situation with the Delhi Police after they
were stopped from marching ahead. The battle pitched as vandalism took place vehicles were torched and DTC bus was set ablaze. The police managed
to push back the students using batons and teargas and later barged into the
university campus detaining around 100 students. The students were released
early in the morning at 3:30 am.
But this was not the end of the seamless protests, since a
group of Jamia Millia Islamia students stood shirtless in the spine-chilling
cold outside the gates protesting against the police action on students.
Schools and Institutes have been shut in the New Friends Colony for a period of
time due to massive disturbance in the area, whereas Jamia Millia Islamia has
been shut down till 5th January postponing the ongoing exams.
Muslim University splurged similarly at 9:30 pm yesterday
Various students from Aligarh Muslim University protested against the bill on the streets which fortunately didn’t end up in a commotion like Jamia. The protest took place peacefully and winded up well in police supervision.
It was a
long night for Hyderabad, Banares and Kolkata too
Around midnight, students at Hyderabad’ Maulana Azad Urdu University and the Banaras University too held protests, while simultaneously students at Kolkata’s Jadavpur University held a midnight march opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Bengaluru, Mumbai, Madras too
Students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai University gathered within the Campus for peaceful protests and students in Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, Chandigarh University and IIT Madras took to the streets protesting against the bill.
Nadwa University protest, Lucknow takes a violent turn
Students and Police forces were seen pelting stones at each
other across the gates of the Nadwa University while hundreds of
students pushed against the main gates that the cops kept shut.
While many protests winded up peacefully, few of them turned out to be disturbing because of which the Supreme Court ordered to stop the rioting immediately.