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.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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