Anti-CAA, NRC Protest: Jamia, Shaheen Bagh Inspire Women in Kolkata
“We are Indians by birth and by choice. We do not have to prove it to anyone,” said Shaheen Begum, a school teacher addressing her audience at historic Park Circus in the morning of 10 January 2020. At night a day ago, this scribe had visited the place that hogged headlines for the anti-CAA, anti-NRC protests.
The sparks of the Jamia and Shaheen Bagh movement have lit the fire in Kolkata among other parts of the country. A protest erupted on its own in Park Circus area as women from different localities decided they will sit and hold a protest there day and night. It has been four days since women have been sitting there. Excited, the people around there have started calling it the ‘Shaheen Bagh’ of Kolkata.…
Asmat Jamil, mother of three, is a woman of 60, and suffers from nephritis. She got her kidney transplanted three years ago. Yet, no pain can obstruct her forward marching steps. She is not ready to lose the freedom, as she notes that a lot of people had given their blood for the freedom of the country. “We will not allow them to snatch away our freedom,” she said.…
- Nagpur: Citizens come together, start Shaheen Bagh-style protest (Jan 12, 2020, Times of India)
- Women begin sit-in at Prayagraj park: If Delhi women can sit in cold, why can’t we? (Jan 13, 2020, Indian Express)
- A La Shaheen Bagh, Hyderabad Women Hold Night Protest (Jan 13, 2020, Caravan Daily)
- CAA-NRC: Gaya’s Shanti Bagh Turns Into Mini Shaheen Bagh (Jan 11, 2020, News Click)