Indians reclaim the republic with Constitution and Tricolor in anti CAA protests

This republic day Indians reclaimed the republic, embraced the constitution, with Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh in one hand and tricolor in another and came to the streets in a celebration of protests.

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This republic day Indians reclaimed the republic, embraced the constitution, with Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh in one hand and tricolor in another and came to the streets in a celebration of protests.

India has lost a lot in the last one year in terms of democratic and secular values that it stood by with the abrogation of article 370, Ayodhya- Babri masjid judgment and citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). As it turns out its the citizenship amendment act that attacked the very soul of India also turned out to be the final straw that broke the patience of Indians and the flood of people came to the streets.

We are seeing daily protests and demonstrations in almost all parts of the country. These protests do not just showcase the anger towards the divisive citizenship law but also the pent up frustration of the people who are fed up with the lies and deceit of the ruling government. People voted for jobs and development but are handed out manuals of hate and bigotry.

Here are some of the images from yesterday’s protests. Some were record-breaking but almost all were heartwarming.

Kerala made a record with 621km human chain from northen end of Kerala to the southern end with around 70 lakh people across political lines observed Republic Day with a pledge to protect the Constitution.

Several mosques and churches hoisted tricolor and read out Preamble of the Constitution on the Republic day.

Many people who were getting married on Republic Day also joined in the Human chain Because personal is political. 

Shaheen Bagh: Small protest by a group of women against CAA in South Delhi neighborhood of Kalindi Kunj has become the epitome of protests against the citizenship amendment act. Now in lakhs, women, young, old and babies even have turned the place into a living breathing political space with demonstrations, arts, songs, and overall solidarity. The republic day saw the grandmas of Shaheen bagh with Rohit Vemula and Junaid’s mothers together hoisted the national flag at Shaheen Bagh in the presence of thousands of people. Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani also spoke at the event.

 

In West Bengal, thousands in the capital Kolkata also formed an 11km (seven-mile) human chain.

The protest in Kolkata was organised by the United Interfaith Foundation India, a group comprising leaders of different religious communities in the state.

Indians abroad and many human rights organization also took out rallies and demonstrations to condemn the inhuman citizenship amendment act.  Protests from the US, UK, Canada, and Europe and against the fascist onslaught were seen.

US: Washington DC

 

A group of European Parliament legislators also condemned the CAA and NRC and want the Indian government to revoke these anti-people laws.

Europe: Finland

Students across American universities read our Preamble of Indian constitution to remind us of the secular democratic humane values enshrined in our Constitution.

The world is watching!

 

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