Since the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act, sporadic protests against the Act have erupted in a few places of the country. While several mainstream news media organizations have tried to paint all of these protests as fully secular, non-violent and inclusive, just a peek behind the curtains of these protests reveal their dark underbelly.
In the garb of protecting India’s Constitution, secular principles and democracy, what most of these protests have advocated is a violent philosophy that is extremist, Anti-Indian and Hinduphobic in its tone, tenor and character.
Anti-Indian Incidents: Tukde Tukde Gang 2.0
Contrary to the claims of these protests of saving the ‘soul’ of India, the anti-India rhetoric that has come out of these protests is mind boggling.
The true Anti-Indian face of these protests was exposed to the hilt when Sharjeel Imam at a speech in the infamous ‘Shaheen Bagh’ echoed the Old Pakistani Dream of Cutting-off India’s Chicken’s Neck.
In the same speech he made many other equally outrageous and incendiary statements including insulting Mahatma Gandhi by saying he is the biggest fascist, proclaiming to break the political and federal structure of India and promoting cow slaughter. Read our detailed report on his statements here and here.
Rightfully, he has been charged with sedition and arrested. To no one’s surprise, a few ‘liberals’ have come out in support of Sharjeel’s Anti-national statements.
This kind of provocation inciting secession of Assam & other NEstates from rest of India, creating communal disharmony, hampering severeignty & territorial Integrity of India will not be tolerated.
Crime branch Itanagar have registered Case no.2/2020 U/S124(A)/153(A)153(B) IPC https://t.co/YNJR7MepPS
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) January 26, 2020
Such anti-national statements did not begin with Sharjeel Imam nor did it end there. A few days after Sharjeel Imam’s seditious statements, a prominent ‘activist’ called Tapan Bose insulted the Indian Army, saying that the army kills as many people as Pakistani army. He went on to say that the people ruling both India and Pakistan are alike.
#WATCH Activist Tapan Bose at Jantar Mantar during anti-CAA/NRC protest: Pakistan is not an enemy country, ruling class of India & Pakistan are alike. Our armies are alike too, their army kills their people and our army kills our people, there is no difference between them. pic.twitter.com/DaVHms7dWZ
— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2020
On 4th of January, during a protest in Hyderabad, the Indian National flag was desecrated by these so-called secular protestors when they replaced the Ashoka Chakra with the Islamic Shahada which reads “There is no god but the Allah”. How such a desecration of national flag, which is a punishable offence, be allowed in the garb of a secular protest is for the “seculars” to answer.
— TNIE Telangana (@XpressHyderabad) January 4, 2020
Several people on social media were rightly outraged at such blatant display of break India actions on display.
I am told lot of distinguished members of civil society in Mumbai are participating in this protest where I see a huge banner of ‘Free Kashmir’. It is good for rest of us to know where they stand on Kashmir. I appreciate such honesty. pic.twitter.com/W7KVFQHHHt
— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) January 6, 2020
Sickening. 'Free Kashmir' poster being raised in a protest against JNU violence at Gateway of India in Mumbai. As @rahulpandita pointed out, this is how leftists become road opening party for Islamists in India. And we remain silent! Will CM Uddhav Bal Thackeray remain mute? pic.twitter.com/qccNbltibs
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 6, 2020
Anti-Hindu Incidents: Breaking the Secular Facade
Under the façade of fighting for Indian secularism, many protesters have infact disrespected Hindu symbols and idols just as they disrespected and desecrated Indian national symbols.
This included drawing the Hindu symbol of OM as a Nazi swastika, and writing unparliamentary language to accompany it, as was done in Bengaluru at an Anti-CAA rally.
— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) December 20, 2019
In India & across the world,the Left is in cahoots with Islamists. You can't tell them apart anymore. Vile poster below is just one example.
— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) January 16, 2020
The true ‘Islamist’ face of these protests came to fore when the chants of “La ilaha illallah” (There is no god but the Allah) reverberate at the many of the Anti-CAA protest sites.
Say it on the barricade
La ilaha illallah
Say it in the tear gas
La ilaha illallah
— Anaz Muhammed (@anaz_oam) December 27, 2019
A manual for allies:
If you are opposed to Muslim identity politics, why do you want leadership of a movement that is being led and sustained by Muslims, for which Muslims are paying with their blood?
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) December 30, 2019
Immediately a bunch of liberals who had previously termed “Jai Shri Ram” “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Hey Bhagawan” as communal slogans began terming this Islamic shahada as a secular slogan, exposing their hypocrisy and sinister anti-Hindu agenda.
If you say 'Hey Bhagwan' in mixed gatherings, if you light lamps at public functions, if you use religious metaphors from the Mahabharat and Ramayana in political speeches, if your mythological works support your political work, you can't oppose only 'Muslim' identity assertion!
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) December 30, 2019
Violence Against Those Who Disagree
While many mainstream media organisations have tried to portray thee protests as peaceful protests following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, the true reality has exposed the intention of these protestors.
The violence that these so called protestors caused have been well documented here and here. The massive damage to public property they caused, including attacks on school buses while “democratically and peacefully” protesting, was there for all to see.
While those organizations and persons supporting these protests have been welcomed with open arms, those democratically opposing the protests in a civil manner have been hounded beaten and forced the leave the site of protests.
Journalist Deepak Chaurasia consulting editor at News Nation TV channel was also attacked at Shaheen Bagh and prevented from doing his show there. Chaurasia, posted a video on Twitter, showing him attempting to tell the protestors to share their “pain” against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), when he and his cameraman got shoved around, while someone tried to snatch his mike.
सुन रहे हैं कि संविधान ख़तरे में है, सुन रहे हैं कि लड़ाई प्रजातंत्र को बचाने की है! जब मैं शाहीन बाग की उसी आवाज़ को देश को दिखाने पहुँचा तो वहाँ मॉब लिंचिंग से कम कुछ नहीं मिला! #CAAProtests #ShaheenBagh pic.twitter.com/EhJxfWviTp
— Deepak Chaurasia (@DChaurasia2312) January 24, 2020
Journalist Bhupendra Chaubey was doing a show on the Shaheen Bagh protests, when he was also given the same treatment at Jamia University. He and the participants of the TV show were forced to leave the site as the crowd went out of control.
Shout out to @bhupendrachaube Sir for handling the situation with such agility & composure. He cut short the show to ensure safety.
— Gunja Kapoor (@gunjakapoor) February 3, 2020
In a show conducted by India Today and moderated by Rahul Kanwal, people who spoke out against the protest and in favor of CAA were heckled, prevented to speak and then pushed off.
Rahul when you invite someone to your show you are not supposed to ignore them when they are being shoved and dragged off camera. Would have been nice if you had tweeted about that too. @shantanug_ and I were your guests. Do release footage of how I was prevented frum speaking 2 https://t.co/oXBcV1DFUP
— Raghav Awasthi (@raghav355) January 29, 2020
Terrible the way Shantanu and you were not allowed to say your piece. Folks should have the patience and the grace to hear the point of view of others even if they don’t agree with them. Thank you for making the effort of coming to Shaheen Bagh. Appreciate it.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) January 29, 2020
As Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had once said on the floor of the Parliament quoting a James Bond dialogue, “If it is once, it’s happenstance, it can happen. If it is twice, it is a coincidence. And if it is thrice, it’s a conspiracy.” As this article chronicles the events, it is clear that the ongoing events are not random events, but are tied together by a covert attempt to masquerade a communal anti-Indian Hinduphobic protests as a secular one. The hand behind these protests is also getting exposed.