AZADI! – The chant has become Iconic and the common slogan for Student Protests across India quickly turning into a Citizen Movement.
Student movements are romantically attached to India’s political trajectory. Historically, students have also been at the forefront of citizen movements – Independence movement, Navnirman Andolan, Jaypee Movement that led to the Emergency and the 2011 Anti-Corruption protests to name a few.
And while the Government acts deaf and apathetic, outrightly ignoring the people’s voices against the Citizenship Amendment Act, millennials across the country have taken to a powerful slogan to show their unity.
The dissenters are students from across the country. And they have also been joined by citizens of all class. They see the bill as a modern paradigm promoting factionalism by destroying the brotherhood among Indians. Above all, citizen protest across India have rejected the ‘ludicrous’ approach, demanding freedom from the divisive politics that’s polarizing the country.
There’s a certain undeniable romance in the slogan. Azadi is uniting Indians. However, the protests demand freedom from social and political discriminating philosophies. So, it demands equality and liberty to all citizens without religious bias.
Azadi aligns with the rights that the Indian Constitution offers to citizens.
Today, the whole of India is chanting the slogans of Azadi, but it is not only the Muslim community behind the voices. Most importantly, these are the voices of people who have been discriminated and treated as foreigners in their motherland. These are the voices of people who are definitely the ‘Bhakts’, but not Modi‘s. Instead, they are the real ‘Desh Bhakts’ who believe in every single word of the Indian Constitution.
However, the people started agitating against the CAA to show solidarity and urge the government to withdraw the act, but the ruling government responded with arms and brutal forces.
This fueled citizen angst who have come out in large numbers to save India, their present and future generations from destructive ‘Kakistocracy’.
Azadi Slogans Reverberating across India
Interestingly, the slogan comes from the valley of Kashmir. It reached the students in JNU in 2016, and now it has infiltrated across India’s length and breadth. Here are the common chant from several protests across Indian cities.