Hyderabad: A sea of anti-CAA protesters marched to Dharna Chowk near Indira Park on Saturday afternoon, making it one of the biggest agitation Hyderabad had witnessed in recent times. With the Tricolour flying high, “Hindu, Muslim bhai bhai, CAA bye bye” slogan shook the fringe of Hussain Sagar.

Citizens had called for a Million March on January 4 to oppose the Citizens Amendment Act. Over half a lakh Hyderabadis, including students, advocates, traders, marked their presence in the protest. Hundreds came from Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and surrounding districts. Among the demonstrators was Mohan Guruswamy, a former advisor to the finance minister in 1998.


Mohan Guru Swami with CAA Protesters Mohan Guru Swami with CAA Protesters

Communication blackout at protest site

Anticipating the protest, it is alleged that the police had blocked communication near Indira Park and surrounding areas. Several protestors complained that they were not able to connect calls or use the internet. This has become a pattern in the series of protests in Hyderabad, where internet has been purposefully slowed down or blocked out, following protests. Earlier on December 26, the public meeting at Darussalam also witnessed a partial internet shutdown.

Protestors gift roses to policemen

As a sign of Gandhigiri, many protestors distributed flowers to the cops and shared refreshments. Some of them shouted slogans in praise of Telangana police saying ‘Telangana Police Zindabad’.


protestors give roses to policemen hyderabad million march

Women carrying infants were found leading the protest in many pockets. The protesters thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for “bringing the Muslims and Hindus together against the new citizenship act”.

Since the police had refused to permit rallies at Dharna Chowk, thousands marched on the Telugu Talli flyover. The scene turned a metaphor of the secular fabric of India. “Azadi Azadi, CAA se Azadi” echoed the protest site. All roads leading to Indira park were choked. A massive bike rally with the Tricolor on each vehicle was also held.

Protestors clean up roads after

Soon after the protest, some of the citizens took up brooms and began to clean up the roads. 

hyderabad million march protestors clean up roads

The protest brought out the creativity within the protesters, who came up with placards with messages like “KCR moo Kholo, Say No to NRC”.

Carrying posters that said “We doctors can treat everything” were 70 members from a doctors’ association who had specially come to provide first aid. Iram Jowher, a general physician, told NewsMeter, “We doctors ideally should have been in the hospital, but instead we are here, protesting. The CAA is completely against the people, and as doctors, we think it should go off, we will treat the country from this CAA.”

Over 500 advocates dressed in their black robes extended legal help for detained protesters. The march ended peacefully with the demonstrators singing the national anthem.

Hydrabad CAA protesters


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15 comments on "We thank Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for uniting Hindus and Muslims: Hyderabad protesters"

  • Why such a biggest peace rally is not finding place in d news channels , not even on ndtv. Wondering ,wondering.
    We r already citizens of this country , who r they to ask n proof our identity.
    If they want to give citizenship to d refugees let them give but why they want every Indian to queue up again ..for their mindless n nonsense policies.

  • We thankyou for opening up the truth ” Heart is filled with anguish and hatered, but having a smiling face and say we are hindustani” has been exposed by this anti refugee of islamic nation by indian muslims and 90% of people who voted for muslim league stand exposed. Thankyou for this anti protest.

  • You guys just don’t understand the message of Upanishad, the force of Mahabharata, the real spirit of our great India. We are Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jain, Sikh, Parsee and the rest, we, all are one and united in India. We love each other, even much more than before you can’t imagine. So, you can’t divide us in name of religion anymore with your nasty politics.
    We know that you don’t work for people, don’t work for humanity. You just nasty guys, who don’t have human dignity, ethics and morals.

  • Mashallah …very good protest …no lathi charge…no one injured…no police hurt…very much decipline maintain by protesters…Hindus…Muslims ..all religion..all languages ..very colourful

  • The need of the hour is not to look to media but be part of the movement. No movement of the people can be ignored by any one if there is peoples will. But there is something you can all do ,, get to your Social media profile and not remain silent .. but spread the word . The least you can do is like a post or share a news item that speaks about the menace of CAA

  • What is the need to protest. I don’t see a need. Someone’s instigating the need. Personally each protesting individual doesn’t have any need to protest.
    CAA is as crystal clear that in will effect the Muslims who are already Indian Citizens.
    And NRC is a mandate for any country, not just India. So you are an Indian, why protest against NRC, infact each should be proud to prove his Indianship.
    Documents to prove it are as simple as it can be.
    The protest is all about…
    Political Vendetta
    Personal Vendetta
    Lack of knowledge

  • It’s sheer jealousy,and nothing else, the oppn.is frightened to the core.Inaddition,all have to forego their earnings in inclusivity and exclusivity.Most important is, change in attitude of the entire populace.Also, facts about the squandered resources​ of this richest country by the u p a and it’s allies, is gaining momentum.To include the corrupt leaders of u p a, and their allies,who had amassed Irreckonable wealth from nil., which is very factual.

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