“Luitor Aakaxot Torar Torawoli

Paarot Deepawoli Tejore Mur”

(Glittering stars within the sky over the Luit

Glittering blood of mine over the financial institution)

– Jyoti Prasad Agarwala

Songs by Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, the revered Assamese cultural icon, resonated with the ideas of lots of of people that gathered on the cultural protest in opposition to Citizenship (Modification) Act in Guwahati on Sunday.

The distinctive protest, led by standard singer Zubeen Garg, witnessed the presence of famous artistes from the native movie and music trade. Individuals from all walks of life, of all ages and from all components of town gathered on the Chandmari floor for the ‘No CAA – Live performance for Peace and Concord’.

Academicians, civil servants and a lot of college students too joined in and carried anti-CAA placards.


(On the protest website on Sunday)

At the same time as Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and different celebration leaders try to persuade individuals into accepting the Act, there was a loud uproar in opposition to the federal government on the venue.

The All Assam College students’ Union (AASU) prolonged its wholehearted assist to the demonstration, whereas encouraging individuals to participate in a peaceable and democratic motion.

“We’ll proceed to protest collectively until the Citizenship Act is withdrawn, and we’ll protest peacefully. It’s for the primary time that we’re witnessing a cultural protest of this nature. It’s overwhelming… Salute to all artistes of Assam,” mentioned AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya in his handle to the gang.

Slogans like “Joi Aai Asom” and “Aah Oi Aah Ulai Aah” (come out, come out all) proceed to inspire increasingly more individuals to affix protests in opposition to the brand new laws.

“It’s our tradition. It’s how we really feel… When individuals of Assam elevate their voice, your complete world ought to hear,” mentioned a protester, whereas becoming a member of in a refrain of one of many most-popular songs of the legendary Bhupen Hazarika — ‘Manuhe Manuhor Baabe (Man is for Humankind)’.

Garg known as upon individuals to color each banner and billboard on the street in Assamese.

“The artistes are protesting along with AASU for the primary time. By means of the medium of music, songs and performances, recitation, we’ll proceed to protest peacefully,” mentioned Garg, whereas reassuring the gang that the motion will proceed for the safety of rights and pursuits of indigenous individuals.

Earlier within the day, Sonowal took to Fb to state {that a} part of individuals is intentionally spreading misinformation and making an attempt to sway individuals from a clearer understanding of the brand new Act, whereas Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary mentioned “solely a handful of individuals residing in Assam” will get citizenship.

“We’ve taken the burden of unlawful immigrants from 1951-1971. However after 1971, we won’t settle for a single migrant. If the state authorities is aware of there may be solely a handful of foreigners in Assam, ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dwelling Minister Amit Shah to accommodate them in Gujarat,” mentioned Bhattacharya to a cheering crowd that chanted “Ho Ho”. “This can be a name of bravery, enthusiasm and motivation,” the AASU advisor added.

Sonowal has mentioned, “Motion will probably be taken in opposition to any particular person discovered concerned or inciting violence”.

The loss of life toll from the risky protests on Thursday has elevated to 5. Until Sunday, 200 individuals have been arrested and about 1,500 detained for his or her involvement in violence in the course of the rebellion, police mentioned.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief and rights activist Akhil Gogoi and 4 different KMSS members are amongst these arrested for “inciting violence”.

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| Edited by: Sohini Goswami

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