India Awakens to Fight for its Soul : Worldwide Protest against CAB, CAA, NRC & NPR
The Citizenship Amendment Act (Bill) protests, also known as CAA Protest or CAB Protest erupted throughout the country following passage of the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) on December 11, 2019 by India’s parliament.
The widespread and continuing public support for the protests against the CAA, the NRC and the NPR has ensured that the issue does not remain a concern of just the minority communities.
People from all walks of life and religions participates to voice their protest against CAA, NRC & NPR, advocating “One India, One people and Nation”. The protests worldwide with slogans of peace and amity being raised and people holding up posters with images of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan and other Freedom Fighters.
The government’s attempts to caricature the protests as led by unruly elements were exposed when millions of people came out on the streets to protest in a non-violent manner across the country. They knew the vision of India, as a secular, inclusive, plural, multicultural democracy, is certainly under threat more than at any previous time.
Absence of a centralised leadership or organisation, the enormous crowds at many of the demonstrations, the number of protests and the frequency with which they are occurring, the brutality of the crackdown by the police in some places, and the innovative and creative ways in which dissent is being expressed highlight, India rejects deeply-rooted violent Ideologies.
The backlash against the Citizenship Amendment Act shows that Indians will not accept the Sangh Parivar’s distorted vision for their country, converting a constitutional democracy into an unconstitutional ethnocracy.