• No CAA-NRC, No brutality: In solidarity with Jamia and AMU students

    Members of the theatre fraternity

    December 17, 2019

    We, the undersigned members of the theatre fraternity, jointly issue this statement in solidarity with the student fraternity of the Jamia Millia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University who have borne the brunt of state brutality in response to their right to peacefully protest the Citizen Amendment Bill.

    The Constitution of India insists upon fundamental rights of equality, regardless of gender, caste, religion, class, community or language for all its citizens. Being a citizen of this country means being rooted in these inalienable rights.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 tears to shreds the inclusive, composite vision of India that guided our freedom struggle. Through the amendments it introduces to the Citizenship Act of 1955, this act violates every single one of the fundamental ideals of the Constitution. It is therefore unconstitutional in its very nature and attempts to destroy the moral, ethical and legal fabric on which this nation was founded.

    The NRC exercise in Assam has already demonstrated the terrible human cost of dividing people and linking citizenship to papers and detention centres and tribunals, which is even more acutely experienced by those who already lead a precarious existence. Death; families torn apart; detention camps and foreigners’ tribunals; fear; the confusion of statelessness – this is what the common people, especially minorities, women, children and the poor have had to suffer, and continue to suffer.

    The constitution requires the government of the day to provide its people with the right to food security, equal opportunity of employment, the annihilation of discrimination based on caste, community and gender, the freedom to speak, worship, and live as our diverse people choose. What we see is an attempt to stoke fear and hatred in society instead of addressing the critical needs of its people.

    Those across the country who have spoken against this act have done so as per the rights and responsibilities bestowed upon them by the constitution, which forms the very basis of their citizenship. Police brutality and attacks on such protesters are a strategy to silence our voices and shake the very foundation of what it means to be a Citizen.

    We call upon the Government of India to immediately desist from attacking students across the country, and institute an impartial enquiry into circumstances of the heinous attacks on student communities by the police forces. We stand in solidarity with the students who have bravely fought for the constitution, the rights it enshrines upon its citizens, and its imagination of a secular, equal, and democratic nation.

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    2Aabha Mahawar186Imtiaz Ahmed370Ruma Ghosh
    3Aakash Chaudhary187Injeela Nuzhat371Ruqaiya Saifi
    4Aakash Jain188Ipshita Chakraborty Singh372Rutuja Thukarul
    5Aakash Prabhakar189Iram Saifi373Rutvik Upadhyaya
    6Aamir Bashir190Ishita Sharma374Sachin Joshi
    7Aarti Dharampuriya191Islamuddin Saifi375Sachin Lele
    8Aarti Tiwari192Jai Vardhan Rai376Sachin Prasad
    9Aaryan Tandon193Jaimini Pathak377Sachin Srivastava
    10Aastha Gandhi194Jamal Hassan378Sadiya Siddiqui
    11Aayush Agarwal195Jana Natya Manch, Delhi379Sagar Deshmukh
    12Aayush Jha196Janhavi Marathe380Sagar Gholap
    13Abdur Rahim197Jasleen Kaur381Sahil Kalloli
    14Abha Talesara198Jaspreet Singh382Sajid Akhta
    15Abhay Mahajan199Jayesh Joney383Sakshi Sharma
    16Abhijeet Singh200Jim Sarbh384Samdeesh Mahajan
    17Abhinav Jha201Jitender Singh385Sameer Rahman
    18Abhinav Kumar Padhan202Joy Sengupta386Sameera Iyengar
    19Abhisar Bose203Jyoti Arya387Samriddh Sharma
    20Abhishek Banerji204Jyoti Dogra388Sandeep Badaik
    21Abhishek Kumar205Kabir Chattopadhyay389Sangeeta
    22Abhishek Kumar Singh206Kahkashan390Sania Saifi
    23Abhishek Majumdar207Kaleem Zafar391Saniya Saxena
    24Abhishek Mudgal208Kalpak Bhave392Sanjna Kapoor
    25Adi Shashtri209Kalyanee Mulay393Sankalp Joshi
    26Aditee Biswas210Kanchan Bhattacharyya394Sanket Aggarwal
    27Aditi Anand211Kanwaljeet Singh395Sanket Jagtap
    28Aditi Chugh212Karan Chauhan396Sanket Shanware
    29Aditya Bansod213Karan Choudhary397Santanu Ghatak
    30Afsana Ahmed214Karan Talwar398Sanya Jain
    31Ahlam Karachiwala215Karthika M399Sapan Saran
    32Aishwarya Chaudhary216Kashish Arora400Sara Chauhan
    33Ajeet Singh Palawat217Kaustubh Somnath Naik401Sarang Patwarddan
    34Ajira Rungta218Keith Sequeira402Saransh Bhatt
    35Ajit Ranjan219Kesavan403Sarfaraz Khan
    36Akarsh Khurana220Keval Arora404Sarika Singh
    37Akash Bairva221Khushboo Rais Khan405Sarthak Kakar
    38Akash Pal222Khushboo Saluja406Sathish Ratakonda
    39Akash Waghmare223Kiran Agawane407Saumya Mani Tripathi
    40Akriti Singh224Kiran Khoje408Saurabh Kawade
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    42Akshay Sharma226Komita Dhanda410Saurabh Nayyar
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    46Amala Rai230Kyla D’Souza414Shabnam Vadhera
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    71Anurag Singh255Moneshwar Chauhan439Shubham Ameta
    72Anusha Ramasubramoney256Mridul Raj Anand440Shubham Sathe
    73Apeksha Vora257Mudit Singhal441Shubham Sisodiya
    74Aqib Mirza258Mukul Chadda442Siddhanth Sundar
    75Aqib Mirzam259Mukul Jain443Siddharth Mishra
    76Archana Bora260Mustufaiz Ansari444Siddharth Raghuvanshi
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    82Aryan Dhamecha266Navaldeep Singh450Snayhil Aneja
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    84Asad Hussain268Naveen Kishor452Sonia Malik
    85Ashish Ghosh269Neeraj Shirvaikar453Soumen Bhowmick
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    154Divyesh Vijayakar338Radhika Singh522Veenah Naair
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    181Harsh Yadav365Riddhi Dhyani549Yasir Khan
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