Hyderabad:Support is pouring in for the Million March against CAA, NPR and NRC scheduled for January 4. Staff and teachers of private schools in Telangana have decided to take part in the protest at the Dharna Chowk from 2 pm to 5 pm. As many as 40 different organisations have given the call for the protest demonstration under the banner of Telangana and AP Joint Action Committee.

There are 22,000 private schools in the state, of which 1,200 are in the twin cities. Hundreds of teachers from these schools are expected to turn up at Dharna Chowk to express their resentment against CAA, NRC and NPR. “The new law aims at dividing the country on religious lines, and we will not allow it to happen,” declared Mr Abdul Khurram of Dawn School.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, JAC office bearers Mohd Anwar, Sajid Mehmood and Sanullah urged parents and students to join in the protest. For women and children, transport would be arranged from different points in the city to the venue. They assured that the protest would be peaceful and police personnel would be presented roses tomorrow.

The Advocates’ Telangana State Joint Action Committee also pledged support to the Million March. About 500 advocates would be joining the dharna tomorrow. JAC members Valiur Rahman, Syed Shah Nawaz and Mohd Sohail Malik described the legislations as “arbitrary and discriminatory”. They said that the implementation of the legislation would lead to polarisation. They were working to create awareness among people about the negative impact of these measures. Demanding the Centre to repeal CAA, the JAC members said they would visit the district and Munsif courts to motivate advocates to come out against CAA.

Million March convenor Mohd Mushtaq Mallik said India was known for its unity in diversity. However, this harmony was sought to be disturbed now. The fate of 130 crore people couldn’t be decided by 305 MPs. The whole nation had stood up against CAA, NRC, and NPR, as they realised the danger posed by them, except for the fascist forces. “Our fight is to protect the country from a second partition,” he said.

Mr Mallik said 17 non-Muslim organisations had also pledged support to the Million March. He said it would be difficult for the Prime Minister to identify protestors with their dress, as Muslims would dress like Hindus and vice versa.

J.S. Ifthekhar

J.S. Ifthekhar is a senior journalist with nearly four decades of experience. Ifthekhar cut his teeth in journalism at the Indian Express before he moved to The Hindu. He was also associated with the Siasat Daily, Telangana Today, Deccan Chronicle, Onlooker magazine, Newstrack, Detective Digest and a few news agencies. He has written on different subjects and aspects of Hyderabadi life. However, his passion remains literature in general and Urdu poetry in particular. He is equally concerned with culture, heritage, civic affairs and problems confronting the man in the street. As a journalist he has taken up cudgels on behalf of the underprivileged and many of his stories in The Hindu saw the government promptly taking corrective measures. Ifthekhar has authored two books - Hyderabad - The Nawabi City on The Move and Haj - The Spirit Behind it. He has also translated two books from Urdu to English. Currently he is working on his third book - Poets and Writers of Deccan. Loves to write and writes to live. Can't imagine doing anything else.

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