Over the past week, mainstream media is full of stories of protests erupting in all colleges and universities in India and somehow seek to portray as if all students and youth are against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The truth on the other hand is entirely different.
Peaceful Marches For CAA
It seems that the peaceful showcase of solidarity to CAA by a large number of students across India has not been given enough space in the media. Here are the instances across the country in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Thousands of students, teachers and employees of JNU took out a rally in support of the #CAA2019.
When some protests against the CAA are turning violent, today’s @abvpjnu led protest in support of CAA showed how a peaceful rally looks like!#StudentsSupportCAA #JNUSupportsCAA pic.twitter.com/Bp7MxB3VXn
— ABVP (@ABVPVoice) December 18, 2019
JNU students came out in support of CAA. pic.twitter.com/heKx6gdyan
DU student also came out in support of CAA. pic.twitter.com/MLXoenL3tb
But they won't be considered as voice of Indian Students.
— Vikrant ~ विक्रांत (@vikrantkumar) December 18, 2019
We, the students at @iitroorkee do not support any kind of violent protest, even if it is from the student community. Anyone destroying public property is worthy of punishment, being a student doesn't gives you right to destroy & torch buses.#StopTheRiot#ISupportCAA pic.twitter.com/Dc94hqVyDp
— Pankaj Kumar Singh (@PKS27499) December 18, 2019
Karyakartas and students of Utkal University, oldest university in Odisha, welcomed the Citizenship Amendment Act. The CAA will enable persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to get citizenship of India. #StudentsSupportCAA pic.twitter.com/yUt7ECaNA3
— ABVP (@ABVPVoice) December 18, 2019
An important point to note here is that unlike some of the protests against CAA which were violent and had indulged in stone-throwing and vandalism, all the marches which had taken place in support of CAA were completely peaceful and had not disturbed the common man.
Few and Far Between
Contrary to what one may have come across Social Media, not all Universities and colleges have organized protests regarding CAA issue. Even in those universities where protests took place, students have come out explicitly and said that those protesting against CAA do not speak for them.
In IIT Delhi for instance, a group of outsiders had come inside and started protesting against CAA. Seeing this, students of IIT delhi present there, there immediately disagreed with them and asked them to take their political protests outside their campus.
Students of IIT Bombay also spoke to media in support of CAA and lamented the fact that protests by few leftist organizations in IIT-B has been painted as protests by entire institution by the media.
While many in Mainstream and Social Media claimed protests against took place in IIT Kanpur, the deputy Director of IIT-Kanpur in a tweet clearly said that no public protests took place in the campus.
Well, this is news to me! As Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur, I am not aware of any such public protest by students. Maybe some students protested in their hostel wing!
— Manindra Agrawal (@agrawalmanindra) December 16, 2019
Rahul Chaudhary who lists himself as a law student also posted 2 tweets which shows statements from students of 2 different law colleges which have disassociated with protests against CAA in their college.
In the first tweet, students of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University distanced themselves from any protests and said that while they support right of students to protests, they condemn the acts of violence and arson that had taken place and were grateful to the police for maintain rule of Law.
In the second tweet, students and alumni of WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata not only condemned the premeditated violent protest that took place but also thanked PM Modi and HM Amit Shah for bringing in CAA.
— Rahul Chaudhary (@Rahulnlulko) December 18, 2019