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JNU students hold protests over police action in Jamia, AMU

The students were protesting against the alleged police brutality against students at the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday.

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Anti-CAA protest in Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday witnessed protests over the alleged police brutality against students of the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University protesting against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The students took out a ‘Masaal Juloos’ on the varsity campus and raised slogans against the Narendra Modi-led Central government over the CAA and the NRC.

The protest march was also attended by former JNUSU President and CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar. Students holding torches raised slogans like “Hai Jaan Se Pyaara Hindustan, Pyaara Pyaara Hindustan, Zindadil hai Hindustan, Protest Karega Hindustan, Nahi Jhukega Hindustan, Arey Gandhi Waala Hindustan… (India will not cow down, India will protest, India of Mahatma Gandhi will protest…)”

The protest was also attended by student leaders like Umar Khalid of United Against Hate (UAH), and Maksoor Usmani and Ahmad Mujtaba from the AMU.

Addressing the crowd, Usmani said: “It is the large crowd that I expected. I want to tell you that I am an Indian Muslim and I speak this with pride.”

Referring to the police actions on the students at the Jamia and AMU, Usmani said: “The way in which students were lathi charged by the police, I who was a doctor has started studying law.”

Usmani also told the crowd about Article 10, 14,15,21 and NRC and CAA. “This fight is to save the Constitution,” Usmani added.

He also asserted that the government was acting as the students were at border because the voice which Jamia, JNU and AMU raise shakes this government.

Talking about the police actions on the AMU students, Usmani said “a student lost his hand due to the police brutality in AMU”.

He also dared Home Minister Amit Shah and said that the Muslims and citizens of India are not fearing anyone, and “you fear it and because of this you cancelled your recent trip to the northeastern states.”

JNUSU Vice President Saket Moon said: “You cannot elect another people, the people can dissolve you and elect another leader.

Moon also asserted that the CAA brought by the BJP government is a fraud and “we should not fear this”.

Slamming the Delhi Police for beating the Jamia students, he said: “Police enter hostel and then say we don’t know who shot them. Will students shoot them self?”

Addressing the students, Khalid hailed the students for raising the voice against NRC and the CAA.

Slamming the BJP government, he said: “In May 2014, Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister, but we shall remember that in 2003 on the same day a Gujarat High Court judgment came where Muslims were convicted.”

He also referred to clash with the government three years ago and said, “When in 2016, they came against JNU and us, we fought against them and will keep fighting against them in 2019 and later.”

“They wanted to make the whole society against the JNU and its students by spreading wrong words about it,” he said.

He said the police action on students across the country has bridged the gap between the University and the society.

He also said that the government can do anything but students will fight against all its false narrative and wrongdoings.

He also congratulated the JNU Students Union for fighting against the Vice Chancellor of the varsity and said: “Earlier they wanted to shut JNU and now they want to make it a WhatsApp university.”

Speaking about NRC, he said, “They want to bring NRC on the hard earned money taxpayers throw the citizens out of the country.”

He said: “If NRC is implemented in the whole nation, crores of rupees will go in making people stand in queues to prove their citizenship.”

Khalid thanked Bhim Rao Ambedkar for writing an equal and secular Constitution. “It’s important to remember him and other freedom fighters as the Constitutional integrity is in danger. The promise which was made to the Muslims of India at the time of partition, is it really being fulfilled?” Khalid asked.

“Let’s boycott this (NRC), no one should go and deposit their documents,” Khalid appealed.

The students were protesting against the alleged police brutality against students at the Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday.

The protest by Jamia students took a violent turn after many protesters torched several buses in the national capital. Following the violence, Delhi Police resorted to lathi charge and also fired tear gas shells inside the Jamia library in which several students were injured.

The students are demanding the roll back of the CAA and the NRC.

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Identity-based politics good for democracy: Mukherjee

He said the third victory of Indian democratic principles was the successful suppression of the radical and violent rebellion in Naxalbari through the ballot paper.

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Pranab-Mukherjee

New Delhi, Feb 23 : Former president Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said democracy and republicanism were two values people must strive to protect and cherish, and termed identity politics a positive development in relation to the deepening of democratic ethos.

He was delivering valedictory address at the 10th edition of the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad here.

“Democracy in India gave rise to identity-based politics. Purely from the lens of deepening democracy, I see this as a positive development because it leads to wider representation. However, an electorate divided on caste and community lines throws up a polarised mandate,” Mukherjee said.

Lauding the strength of Indian democracy, the former president said it had only deepened with time and added that good governance was critically dependent on prerequisites like inviolable adherence to rule of law, existence of participatory decision-making structure, responsiveness, transparency, accountability, corruption-free society, equity and inclusiveness.

“We have entered the 71st year of our Republic. Democracy and republicanism are two values which we must not only strive to protect, but also cherish, celebrate and treasure. Democracy is the rule of, for and by the people and the Republic signifies the rule of law,” he said.

Citing instances to stress the maturity of Indian democracy, Mukherjee said the foremost achievement of the first general election lay in the fact that it cemented the painstakingly brought about unification of India.

“Despite the complex arrangement of categorisation under parts A, B, C and D of the Provinces, States, Territory and areas, the entire geographical territory of India voted as a singular electorate, electing for themselves a single Union Parliament.

“Of course, by the time the second general elections happened, the complex categorisation had been done away with, since there were just states and UTs in existence,” Mukherjee said.

He described the participation of the Communist Party of India in the Constituent Assembly elections even though they were peripherally opposed to it as a marker of the strength of Indian democracy.

He said the third victory of Indian democratic principles was the successful suppression of the radical and violent rebellion in Naxalbari through the ballot paper.

“Indian democracy and its inherent power of assimilation have successfully thwarted insurgency and separate movements, and elections have successfully co-opted varied groups into the electoral mainstream.

“The various accords — Punjab Accord, the Shillong Accord, the Mizo Accord, the Assam Accord and the recent Agreement on Bru- Reang and Bodo people — are examples of the same,” the former president added.

Mukherjee, while addressing the youth, noted that India’s tryst with democracy was a story which needs to be told time and again.

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NRC will not be implemented in Bihar: Nitish

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Nitish Kumar

Patna, Feb 23: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated on Sunday that the National Register for Citizens would not be implemented in Bihar and only the National Population Register would be updated the way it was done in 2010.

The Janata Dal (United) president had in December already made its stand clear that the NRC would not be implemented in the state, though the party supported the Centre’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“NRC is not going to be implemented here (in Bihar) and only NPR will be carried out the way it was done in the year 2010. It will be done on the basis of that only,” Kumar said in an official release.

He said this while addressing a function at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University at Chandanpatti in Hayaghat block of Darbhanga district, where he laid foundation stones for several schemes worth Rs 80 crore pertaining to minority welfare department.

Kumar laid stones for a 100-bed hostel at Biraul in Darbhanga, 100-bed hostel each for girl and boy for the university students, G plus three multi-storeyed building at waqf land and 560-capacity intake minority residential school, the release said.

Kumar had asked the Centre to drop new columns in NPR forms like parents’ places of birth and Aadhaar, saying they were “not necessary” and might lead to apprehensions.

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Anti-CAA protest turns violent in Aligarh, Internet blocked

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

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Aligharh Protest

Aligarh, Feb 23 : The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) turned violent on Sunday evening after the women sitting on protest were asked to move from there.

Many shops, two-wheelers and police barricades were set ablaze and stone pelting was reported from Babri Mandi, Ghas-ki-Mandi and Upperkot.

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The administration has also blocked Internet services in the area from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

A huge crowd has gathered to protest against the CAA and the NRC at Shahjamal Idgah here. Women protesters have been removed from Upperkot Kotwali area. The crowd has been chanting anti-government slogans.

Several Bhim Army workers were also present among the protesters at Delhi Gate and Upperkot area.

The police said the women started throwing stones at police vehicles. The police said they have identified several students of Aligarh Muslim University who are involved in the stone pelting incident.

Heavy police force has been deployed at Delhi Gate and Upperkot.

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