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Near Jamia, a poetic celebration of Constitution through the night Students Joined By Women & Children In Protest Against CAA And NRC

January 27, 2020 05:20 AM

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA JAN 27

Near Jamia, a poetic celebration of Constitution through the night
Students Joined By Women & Children In Protest Against CAA And NRC
Jasjeev.Gandhiok@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

Not far from Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in Delhi, the streets of Jamia Nagar were buzzing with action. Thousands of students from Jamia Millia Islamia, DU and JNU came out on the roads late into the night on Saturday and stayed through Sunday to “celebrate the Constitution”.


With poetry and songs, the protesters made their dissent heard. While traffic movement remained functional on one side of the road, the other carriageway was blocked, first by those painting fresh graffiti on the walls and, then, by the thousands who gathered to celebrate Republic Day.

Just like at Shaheen Bagh, the students were joined by women and children as they waved the tricolour on the streets. Locals said the numbers swelled in the afternoon. A tricolour was hoisted in the area by Jamia Millia Students’ Association, which was followed by the singing of the national anthem and the anthem of Jamia Millia Islamia.

“It’s all about being together and celebrating the idea of being Indian. This protest is not limited to the students alone, as residents from Jamia Nagar, Okhla and New Friends Colony are coming in huge numbers every day,” said Shoaib Choudhary, one such protester.

Chowdhary said he stayed at the protest site till 4am on Sunday, only to come back after a few hours. “Just like me, several others decided to celebrate Republic Day out on the streets. This is an important day for everyone and for the movement against CAA and NRC. The new law is against the Constitution in many ways and one cannot enact it and celebrate the Constitution at the same time,” Chowdhary claimed.

As the people enjoyed street performances and plays through the day, there were renditions of poetry and songs of “dissent” at Gulmohar Avenue in Jamia Nagar. A mix of musicians and poets, entertained the people as they spoke out against CAA and NRC.

Mohammad Aurangzeb, an engineering student who had come from Patna to take part in the protests, said people were not losing hope. “I’ve been in Delhi for a few days now and I know these protesters are not going anywhere, judging by the sheer numbers. Republic Day is an even more special occasion, as it sends a clear message that the country is governed by the Constitution and we will not tolerate any attempt to break its secular fabric,” Aurangzeb said.

In the evening, the streets also saw a number of candlelight and tiranga marches, covering Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar and Shaheen Bagh.

Wasil, who recently graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia and is a resident of Okhla, claimed that people were smart and would vote only for development in the upcoming assembly polls despite efforts by some politicians to polarise opinion

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