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We don't need no revolution... but is Establishment winning?

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18.01.2020

“Hey Bhagwan
What about meyra Bharat maan?
Hai Khuddah
What about teachings of the Buddha?
My Sweet Lord
What happened to secular accord?
Hai Rabh
Aren’t we equal citizens Sabh ke sabh?”
—From The Chorus of Porus by Bachchoo

In Old Delhi as my friends and I wind our way through packed alleys towards the main gate of the Jama Masjid for a meal at the renowned Karim’s eating house, we hear loud slogans from an orderly crowd. On the steep, deep steps of the mosque leading to its imposing sandstone gateway sit thousands of young men and women holding well-printed placards.

They are being addressed by men and women outlining their objections to the recent attacks by police and goons on the demonstrators who have peacefully voiced their democratic opinion opposing the recently introduced parliamentary laws which they claim discriminate against the Muslim citizens of India.

Some of the placards have photographs of the named victims of the attacks by masked goons on the residents of hostels in the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.

The countrywide demonstrations against the recent acts of the BJP government are part of the fight for the soul of this country. Underlying the law which grants Indian citizenship to the victims of religious discrimination, refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan is a blatant irony. A law which purports to be against religious persecution of minorities becomes a de facto instrument of religious persecution against the largest........

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