Drawing demonstration: Unique anti-CAA protest sweeps Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Kolams (rangoli) with slogans ‘No Need of CAA’ sprouted outside the houses of top DMK leaders like MK Stalin and Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi. The art form was drawn in support of the five people detained by the Chennai police over a kolam protest in Besant Nagar.

MK Stalin on Sunday evening also asked DMK party members to draw kolams in solidarity to the detained people. The DMK Women’s Wing in Chennai’s Mugappair, JJ Nagar drew kolams on Monday morning to protest against CAA.

Supporting the detained people, Stalin tweeted, “The anarchy of the state government is increasing day by day. The detention of six was against the rules and violated basic constitutional rights of the people.”

Not just DMK party workers, the common people have now begun to participate in the unique kolam protest. Tweeple are sharing pictures of kolams drawn outside their houses with #DMKkolamProtest.

Kolams are usually drawn during the Pongal festival. However, this is not the first time people in Tamil Nadu have turned to the traditional art form to challenge authorities. Similar demonstrations had been seen during the Jallikattu protest and anti-Sterlite movement.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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