Student’s ‘Peaceful’ protest against CAA & NRC echoed IISC & IIM Banglore

Student’s ‘Peaceful’ protest against CAA & NRC echoed IISC & IIM Banglore

Amid tensions over the recent amendment in Indian Citizenship Act 1955 and the idea of National Register of Citizens across the country the students of two most premier institutes of India, IISC and IIM-Bangalore have held a peaceful protest within the campus. They have showed their interest in favour of the recent protest in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi and were against the police brutality over the students.

The students with the help of peaceful protest have raised their concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and the idea of Nation-wide NRC. Hundreds of students so gathered in protest were demanding the authorities to withdraw the act and drop the NRC Proposal. They were chanting the slogans loud: Bhagat Singh Zindabad, Vande-Mataram, Saare Jahan Se Acha and Delhi Police Go-Back, NRC Go-back, CAA Go-Back. They have also written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the alleged police crackdown on students in New Delhi.

From morning itself, some protest related sporadic activities were going on where students with placards in their hands were discussing a series of events taking place in the country. Thereafter a floating population of students, teachers and even scientists have joined them. They all sat in front of the main building at IISC-Bangalore and have started their protest peacefully. They have spurred the protest with a series of activities like slogan raising, placard writing, wake-up sessions by some eminent speakers (scientists and teachers) and a peaceful march to the town-hall. They were later joined by some students of other institutions like IIM-Bangalore, National Law university (NLU-Bangalore) who have also raised the same concern over the issue.

“I am a Muslim, and I am from Assam. There are many students here from various parts of the country. India is a unity in diversity and you can’t distinguish us on the basis of religion. The constitution of this country has given us the equal rights, it has given us the article-14, it has also given us the article-19. We are a democracy and they need to understand that the basis of democracy is in being open to criticism” said an IISC student. “The country is in a havoc right now, it is burning, not shining” said another researcher.

Briefing the media, an eminent retired scientist said, “I am here to show my empathy with students. The most intellectual class of this country is students and if they are attacked, nobody will be left to raise questions tomorrow” India would soon become a dictatorship. Suvrat Raju, associate professor, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, said: “The very renowned scientist community of this nation feel use of religion as a criterion for citizenship is absurd. We are also against the police atrocities on students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia”