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For headline-manager Amit shah, JNU violence is a gift that distracts from CAA protests

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Amit Shah’s BJP had been trying hard to manage headlines ahead of the Delhi assembly election. The citizenship protests were just not helping – domestically or internationally. And then came the violent attack on JNU campus – a godsend for the BJP. It distracts people from the anti-citizenship law protests. But it also helps project Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a saviour against the so-called “tukde-tukde gang”.

The Delhi Police has initiated an inquiry into the violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on 5 January. So far, we do not know who the attackers were. But we know that this attack on students and teachers changed the headlines in the so-called national media. The focus shifted from the police excesses and government’s brutal crackdown against CAA protesters to ‘Leftist JNU’.

Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on 11 December. The legislation, as stated by Home Minister Amit Shah, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to people belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on grounds of religious persecution. It was a Hindutva project disguised as an act of cultural largesse for the persecuted minorities of the three neighbouring countries. It had all the ingredients of the Hindu-Muslim binary arithmetic of the BJP. But Amit Shah and PM Modi clubbed it with the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and ended up outraging a large section of........

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