Protests against the CAA bill have taken the entire country by storm. We are sure, you must have been reading different arguments regarding the bill and what it implements and what it doesn’t. What started as a peaceful protest from Jamia Milia Islamia university, soon got out of hand. The Citizenship Amendment Act seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. They will be granted fast track Indian citizenship in six years. So far 12 years of residence has been the standard eligibility requirement for naturalisation.
The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 9th of December while it was passed in the Rajya Sabha with a majority on 11th of December. With students from various universities across the nation, out on the streets protesting against the manhandling of peaceful protestors from the Jamia Milia Islamia university, bollywood celebrities tweeted about the issue.
I. Farhan Akhtar tweeted about the reasons behind protesting, while at the same time talking about being part of the Mumbai protest on 19th of December.
Here’s what you need to know about why these protests are important. See you on the 19th at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai. The time to protest on social media alone is over. pic.twitter.com/lwkyMCHk2v
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 18, 2019
II. Hrithik Roshan also took to twitter to talk about the deteriorating condition of the nation and prayed for peace.
As a parent and a citizen of india , I am deeply saddened by the unrest across various educational institutions of our country. I hope and pray for peace to return as soon as possible. Great teachers learn from their students. I salute the worlds youngest democracy.
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) December 18, 2019
III. Dia Mirza talked about if religion would determine her status as an Indian citizen.
My mother is a Hindu, my biological father was a Christian, my adopted father – a Muslim. In all official documents, my religion status stays blank. Does religion determine I am an Indian? It never did and I hope it never does. #OneIndia #India
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 18, 2019
IV. Ayushmann Khurrana condemned the prevailing situation in the country and urged everyone to have faith in democracy.
This!🙏🏻 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/X8qj9sCdEO
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) December 16, 2019
V. Pulkit Samrat talked about unity and talked about how injustice on the basis of caste, creed or religion was simply injustice.
Hindu Muslim Sikh Isayi..
Sabke beech mein phook dalayi..
Try karlo par hum na bhoolenge..
Hum sab hain Bhai Bhai!! #UnityIsOurReligion
Bottom line.. Injustice towards any caste, creed, color or sex is Injustice!! Simple.
— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) December 17, 2019
VI. Priyanka Chopra tweeted about how everyone had the right to raise their voice in democracy.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) December 18, 2019
VII. Ranvir Shorey called out that the CAA would not be affecting students.
But please don’t let that stop anyone from outraging.
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) December 18, 2019
VIII. Karthik Subbaraj, the director by Petta, took to twitter to call out CAA as wrong and against secularism.
Citizenship Amendment Act – Sounds seriously wrong & against Secularism..
Let's keep India Secular
Say NO to CAA
Say NO to NRC
Say NO to Police Violence on Students
— karthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) December 17, 2019
IX. Vishal Bhardwaj expressed his sorrows for the students of Jamia and urged for peaceful protests.
My heart pains for the students of Jamia.
Don’t Be Silent, Don’t Be Violent.
— Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) December 17, 2019
X. Ali Fazal, the Mirzapur actor, urged for investigation into the matter where few infiltrators turned a peaceful protest into a violent one.
Guys remember this – the next step is not to prove it was peaceful protests but to investigate and bring to light the actual infiltrators who entered the protests from the outside and caused the violence .
— Ali Fazal M / میر علی فضل / अली (@alifazal9) December 17, 2019
XI. Shabana Azmi expressed her support to protestors on Twitter. Here’s what she said –
In solidarity with protestors against CAA and NRC pic.twitter.com/hynuypyNsm
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) December 19, 2019
XII. Chetan Bhagat called for the NRC law to be changed and fixed for the good of all Indians.
Why is an law like CAA, technically meant for foreigners affecting Indians so much?
Cause another law called NRC is coming, which essentially assumes all Indians are foreigners unless they can prove otherwise.
This needs to be fixed.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) December 19, 2019
XIII. Vivek Ranjan Agnighotri supported the CAA and NRC bill.
I am an Indian and I support #CAA_NRC because I have read and understood it.
What about you? https://t.co/RwxXFLdaRy
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) December 19, 2019
XIV. Actor Siddharth called for peaceful protests against CAA quoting revolution as the lifeblood of democracy.
Ab bhi jo na khaula woh khoon nahi hai paani hai… Jo desh ke kaam na aaye woh bekaar jawaani hai.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 18, 2019
XV. Aditi Rao Hydari expressed herself on Twitter calling out to rise against the CAA.
In a democracy, when voices of dissent are shut down, when plurality is shut down, when diversity is shut down with violence time and again, we are done for…
Till we rise, for real ( not just on social media)… We Can, and We Must…NOW. pic.twitter.com/rHaaw4j7Dh
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) December 18, 2019
XVI. Amitabh Bachchan also took to twitter to express his sorrow on the fate of peaceful protestors being handled with tear gas and water cannon.
T 970 – Pained and horrified to see what unfolds in Delhi .. peaceful protest being met with tear gas and water canons !!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 23, 2012
XVII. Anurag Kashyap reposted an old tweet and called out the problem with the CAB.
For everyone asking ,”What’s your problem with the CAB?” .. pls remember this 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/TgzxJjZOkt
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 17, 2019
We strongly believe that peaceful protests is the democratic right of every Indian and the violent turn of these protests must be looked into and the people behind this must be brought to justice. Please tell us your reactions in the comment below.