As the India-Australia ODI started in Mumbai, the usually noisy stadium of Wankhede had a different shout and visual that had nothing to do with cricket.
Mumbai, Jan 14: As the India-Australia ODI started in Mumbai, the usually noisy stadium of Wankhede had a different shout and visual that had nothing to do with cricket.
Approximately 50 Mumbai students, part of the 'Mumbai Against CAA' community, chose the high profile cricket game to voice their dissent against the discriminatory and unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Citizens Register (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
"Mumbai students, who are also the majority of cricket lovers in a stadium game, decided to take their CAA protest to the game they love and enjoy. The nature of the constitutional crisis the CAA poses demands bigger and larger audiences, something like a India-Australia cricket match offers. It was essential that the audiences and cricket lovers the world over know what kind of human rights crisis Indian is facing," said Fahad Ahmad, former General Secretary of students union and a PhD student at TISS.
"For once, we firmly believe sports and politics cannot be separate. Who knows, we may not be able to watch cricket the way we do once NRC and CAA comes into effect in India," added Ahmad.
Approximately 50 students wearing anti-CAA t-shirts were seen in the front rows of Wankhede stadium stadium at the India-Australia ODI waving banners and shouting slogans.
Mumbai Against CAA, a student group in Mumbai, has been agitating against the CAA, NPR and NRC demanding it's repeal and cancellation.
"CAA is unconstitutional as it chooses people for citizenship based on their religion. Similarly, the NPR and NRC are anti poor and anti minorities and is designed to delegitimise certain communities in the country. The Indian youth's patience has run out on this fascist BJP government and we will not allow such nefarious plans to succeed. We love our country and its constitution as was envisaged by Dr BR Ambedkar. That constitution is not negotiable," said Ahmad.
Deepak Dubey, News24
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