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BJP’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act has resulted in violence, vandalism, and rioting across the country with cases of police brutality against students rising. But as India burns, Home Minister Amit Shah maintains a harrowing deathly silence. Why?
As Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act spread, brutal police action against students of Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi has prompted universities in Delhi, UP, West Bengal, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
On Monday morning, there is chaos not just in Jamia but Delhi University as well. Nadwa College in Lucknow and Aligarh Muslim University are witnessing similar police action.
Protests have started across the country against the action of the police. But as India simmers, close to boiling point, Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are busy campaigning in Jharkhand.
The dearth of any comments from the two top administrators of the country blatantly shows the apathy of the ruling BJP towards the current state. While citizens are taking to the streets, and several regional politicians have been tweeting incessantly calling for Police to stop the brutality, from the ones in power, there are no words.
What Amit Shah are saying today?
The whole country is simmering. Students are joining in and standing up against what happened in Jamia. Consequently, similar cases of police action are happening in those places too. Aligarh Muslim University faced force and use of tear gas and a projectile launcher against students. On Monday morning, police action is not happening in Delhi University and Nadwa College Lucknow.
Universities joining the protest today are Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, Patna University, AASU Satyagrah in Guwahati, Chandigarh University, Benares Hindu University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, IIT Mumbai, Mumbai Univesity, Jain University, Bengaluru, Pondicherry University, IIT Madras, and Jadavpur University to name a few.
However, all that one can see on the social media handle of Home Minister Amit Shah are congratulatory messages for the Indian Army on Vijay Diwas. If you only get an idea about the country from the leader, it aligns with what Modi always says: All is Well in India.
Now we know this means, nothing is.
BJP Leaders dousing the fire or provoking it?
On Sunday, a doctored video with hate slogans emerged on social media. Without any verification, several BJP leaders took up that video to defame the protesting students at Jamia and justify brutal police action. Alt News quickly checked and revealed that it was a fake video.
Next, BJP targeted AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan taking up his address at a protest and Shaheen Bagh and claiming that he was behind the violence at Jamia. The leaders doing this include Gautam Gambhir and Y Satya Kumar.
Who is giving the Police a free hand?
The police action against students is brutal, outrageous and inhuman. Denying it or justifying it would be an act as criminal as can be. While stone-pelting and vandalism can in no way be justified, similarly police brutality can in no way be institutionalized.
Furthermore, it should be kept in mind that the Delhi Police is not under the Delhi Government but under the direct control of the Home Ministry.
India is burning and this time what burns is the soul of the nation. We as citizens are tearing apart the secular ethos that we have proudly stuck to for 70 years. This is unprecedented. Protests cannot be violently cracked down. This is direct defiance of the constitution and an unprecedented violation of the sanctity of education and agitation.
Does the end of the BJP regime begin from here?
From Kashmir to Ayodhya and NRC to CAA, there’s no doubt that the BJP is aware of the volatility its contentious moves are creating. However, neither the ruling party’s leader Narendra Modi nor the Chanakya Amit Shah seems to have estimated the intensity of push back from citizens.
What’s alarming is that they see an excessive crackdown, eruption of violence and citizen casualties are not a big cost for passing an act that gives citizenship in the first place. This can be counted as the biggest disaster in the history of independent India. We as a country of 130 crore is on the cusp of a vital turning point in the future of the nation. Either the India of tomorrow will be a fascist nation or one where BJP never comes to power again.
The Citizens United Will Always Be Victorious. And today, it is the citizens that decide the fate of India.
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