Young Indian Celebrities Support Student Protests, Veterans Remain Silent
Students all across India are protesting against the discriminatory the recently-passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to which, all other all other minorities, except for Muslims, can become Indian citizens after residing in the country for a period of six years.
The protests by students against CAA have drawn support from younger Bollywood celebrities. They have condemned the attacks on students by the police and have argued that the CAA represents fascism in India.
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
The only book we ALL need to protect is the Constitution of this country 🇮🇳 Get over your bigotry and hatred .. you are no better than the idiots/extremists from the other side. This country is &always has been a secular nation. And that is why we need to ensure it remains that https://t.co/m3B3UzaVzU
— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) December 16, 2019
We are with the students! Shame on you @DelhiPolice
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) December 15, 2019
This is crazy!!!!!! Two students have lost limbs because of stun grenades!!!! This is how UP Police has used a totally unjustified and excessive amount of force against students!! @Uppolice needs to be held accountable! Shame on them! #AMUIsBurning #InSolidarityWithStudents https://t.co/qwOXJjYA9d
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 18, 2019
The ‘Student of the Year’ actor Siddhart Malhotra pointed out that this act represents a slippery slope for the future of Indian secularism and diversity.
First they will filter Muslims, then Christians, then other religions, then they will corner the oppressed castes and slyly go after the rights of women. They will always find a way to divide. They will always find a way to hate. This is their way. Say no to fascism! Save #India.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 18, 2019
Exactly how a fascist talks … the worst kind … urging the leaders to CRUSH DISSENT WITH FORCE .. https://t.co/HSH71f2j0R
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 16, 2019
Parineeti Chopra, the ‘Kesari’ actor, also commented on the situation. She said that everyone should have the freedom of expression and should not be attacked physically for doing so.
If this is what’s gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) December 17, 2019
I strongly condemn the violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students. In a democracy the citizens have the right to peacefully protest.I also condemn any kind of act of destruction of the public properties. Violence is not the solution for anything!
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) December 16, 2019
Older mainstream celebrities have still not voiced their support for these protests and have been called out on Twitter in the hashtag #shameonbollywood.