New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday joined hundreds of protesters who are agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Millia Islamia.
For more than a month, hundreds of Muslim women have been braving the chilly winters in Delhi to protest against the controversial new citizenship law at Shaheen Bagh. Tharoor said it was heartwarming to meet and address the courageous women whose resistance is now legendary.
Post his visit, he wrote, ”Yes it was fabulous to see the courage, passion & determination of the women of ShaheenBagh. Including the nonagenarian “dadis” who have held fast since the start. Addressed them all with great admiration”.
Prior to Shaheen Bagh, Tharoor accompanied by Congress state president Subhash Chopra attended the protests outside Jamia and addressed a sea of protesters. Calling his visit ‘overdue’, Tharoor said that the Congress stands with the students and that they were the ‘true inspiration’.
He objected to the manner in which the students had been dealt with, and said that dissent was very precious in the country, especially on university campuses.
“Dissent is very precious in our country. Jamia and JNU have been sites for very shameful misbehaviour. In Jamia, the police themselves burst into the hostels and libraries and injured some students,” Tharoor said.
“The people who have come into power are claiming that they are big heroes, but they are not showing respect to the students, which they felt they deserve themselves. It is important to understand that the students need our support, and we are here to show our solidarity,” said Tharoor.
Hailing student’s spirit of resistance, the Congress MP further said, “Today, Jamia is one of the greatest universities of our country. I have spoken in your auditorium. I have seen your campus. But today, the greatest thing about Jamia is your spirit — the spirit of resistance. Everyone in this country has given his blood to sacrifice for the unity of India.”
Tharoor also tweeted that he is on his way to the Jawaharlal Nehru University to meet students.
Talking about Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement that the amended citizenship law does not take away the citizenship of any citizen, Tharoor said, “The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) discriminates by imposing, for the first time, a religious test”.
Meanwhile, to generate mass support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the NRC, Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday addressed a mega gathering at Garrison Ground in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur.
Accusing the opposition of spreading fake news and misinformation, Shah stressed that India is in favour of CAA and that the Congress should understand the mood of the nation.