Jamia Millia Has Become Pilgrimage Site for Struggles: Swaraj Abhiyan Leader
Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 02— “Jamia Millia Islamia has become a landmark where those opposing the government moves are taking strength from each other and Jamia has in fact become a pilgrimage site for struggles,” said Prof. Ajeet Jha, senior leader of the Swaraj Abhiyan.
Prof. Jha was addressing the crowd of students of Jamia Millia Islamia and local residents who have been protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and government move for nationwide NRC for past 21 days.
“I have come here to see a new face of changing India. Nation and world are changed through streets and struggles. I am a student and teacher of history. But history is written on streets. Witnessing formation of history is fortunate,” said the Swaraj Abhiyan leader.
He further said that freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for freedom of the country but the situation has reached such a state that people are now seeking freedom in a free country.
“The situation has reached a state when we people are talking about freedom in a free country. Our country got freedom thanks to sacrifices of our freedom fighters – many were hanged and many others spent several years behind bars. But now we are struggling every day for freedom in that country,” said Prof. Jha.
Prof. Apoorvanand from Delhi University and mother of Junaid Khan, who was beaten to death in a running train in Haryana two years ago, also attended today’s protest demonstration.
Mother of 16-year-old Junaid Khan (3rd from left) outside Jamia Millia. Khan was beaten to death in a running train in Haryana two years ago.
For over two weeks, people from different walks of life have been visiting the Jamia protest site every day and many of them have addressed the crowd.
On January 1, Bollywood actor and social activist Swara Bhaskar had also addressed the crowd.
Since December 13, students of Jamia have been protesting against CAA and NRC. On that day, the protest had turned violent – many students were detained but released later. On December 15 also, violence erupted during the protest as several vehicles were set on fire. In retaliation, the police had entered the campus, hostels and library and brutally assaulted the students – many had got their legs or hands broken, many others got hit in the head and one student who was studying in library lost vision in left eye due to the impact of the assault.
CAA, passed by the Parliament on December 11, grants Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants of Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsee communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.