It all started as soon as the Modi Government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, heavily termed as controversial; discriminatory; Anti-Muslim and a variety of terms that contribute to the destabilization of India. Many opposition parties united and managed to paint it something which will cause a gross danger to the Muslim community of India. Initially, the protests clung to the idea of demanding equality for all the people regardless of their religion.
The issue lied with the Non-inclusion of Islam, in the list of some religions whose followers are persecuted in neighboring countries and would be granted citizenship of India straight away. In a dramatic turn of events, the course of these protests then shited to riots across the country, to blocking roads in order to disturb the life of others, to now being against Hindu Uprising and distrust in the constitutional bodies of India. On these grounds, it becomes important to analyze if the Anti CAA protests have lost their inherent cause.
CAA Protests Were Citing the Constitution Before
It was a common sight to spot a protestor with a copy of the Constitution of India. Protestors would argue that the constitution says that India is a secular country and that the Muslims from neighboring countries should be given citizenship, too. Or, the other option presented was to not give citizenship to a person of any religion. It should be noted that a considerable chunk of protestors was formed by Hindus siding with the Muslims of India.
In contrast, now, the Muslim people participating in the protests have had a change of opinion recently. Many have said that they do not trust the constitutional bodies of India, like the supreme court. JNU is one of the epicenters of these oppositions. In a video that is circulated on social media, the JNU student can be heard saying that ‘we should not trust the Government of India and the Supreme Court- that carried out the hanging of Innocent Afzal Guru’. Also, Sharjeel Imam is a student of JNU who had given an inflammatory speech colliding with the time of Jamia violence. He is facing sedition charges by the government.
In the light of the developments above, it comes down to contemplate the loyalty of these protestors for the Constitution of India. Where were these voices when the Triple Talaq was ruining the lives of Muslim women? If the people are so fond of the constitution, Why is there opposition to the concept of a Uniform Civil Code? Is the problem majorly with the Hindus being given Citizenship, that these people are fearing the Hindu Uprising of India?
The Protests Are Now about Islam and Against Hindu Uprising
If we take a closer look, the Muslims wanted ‘Aazadi’ in 1947 and the same slogan is being repeated in 2020. The ‘Aazadi’ slogan is occasionally being replaced with ‘Allah Hu Akbar’. We never saw the same amount of protest for the Hindus who were driven out from Kashmir. The uneasiness about the ‘Ram Mandir’ verdict has started to show out slowly. The CAA protests are being linked to the Friday Prayers suggesting that the protest is forming a bond with the religious identity.
The real distress for the Hindu Uprising is being hidden under the opposition for the Prime Minister and the BJP’s ideology, now the ‘Modi Ji’ replaced with plain ‘Modi’. There had been some eye-catching posters which displayed extreme hatred against the PM. Some of them read like ‘Chhote Chai Bana, Qanoon Nahi, ‘Alcohol has destroyed homes, but the chai has destroyed nation’ etc. The older ‘Hindutva se Aazadi’ video from JNU needs no explanation. One of the placards in the protests had displayed Nazi Symbol with Hindutva written below it, providing proof that the protest was also driven by Radical Islamic Extremist groups. It leaves a powerful question if the Hindu majority is being persecuted in India?