Hyderabad: “CAB ko jalaa do, mitaa do; up, up secularism, down, down communalism” went the slogans raised by students in the University of Hyderabad protesting the amendment. In solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia protestors, UoH students burnt copies of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Scores of students took out a march from Hyderabad Central University until Gachibowli Stadium at 5 pm on December 16.
Speaking at the protest, HCU Students Union President Abhishek Nandan said that RSS, BJP, and other Hindutva elements should be held responsible for the unrests in the country. “We are not from Pakistan and Bangladesh; we are Indians. This land is ours, the one that our forefathers have fought for us. We cannot let this go on. No compromise on the secularism of this nation and we will take this struggle further,” said the HCUSU President.
Predicting that CAB and NRC signify the arrival of a Hindurashtra, Gopi Swamy, General Secretary of UoH Students Union, said, “The citizenship exercise is putting one step forward into declaring this country as a Hindu nation. It is our responsibility as students not to let this happen. This fight will continue.”
Even though winter vacation has officially begun in the varsity, scores of students were present for the protest. Attributing Modi to Hitler, some of the placards reminded the comeback of a Nazi regime, which said, “Hitler is not dead, he rules India now.” Some other posters called the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) a “Communal Appeasement Bill”.
The Student’s Union also announced that there would be a mashaal juloos protest on December 17 at 7 pm. The event will start from Sukoon Ground to North Shopcom.