THE CITIZEN BUREAU | 12 JANUARY, 2020
‘Hum Dekhenge’: Lasting Memories From Nationwide Protests
THE CITIZEN BUREAU
The clarion call to reject CAA, NRC and NPR has spread far and wide. Protest rallies and demonstrations are being organised daily and are attended in large numbers across the nation. The anger of the youth and members of civil society has been channelled into clear and determined actions of taking to the streets and repeatedly voicing their demands to reject the CAA, NRC and condemn violence against students of JNU, AMU and Jamia Millia University.
Social media platforms are abuzz with daily updates and videos of protests, documenting the historical moments being created and lived every day. The traditional form of protest through sloganeering has been augmented with songs, poetry, and even dancing across various Indian cities. From the iconic poem ‘Tum Kaun Ho Be’ in Mumbai during the mass movement #OccupyGateway to a classical rendition of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ in Cape Town, South Africa, the protesters have taken to raising their voices in unique, creative ways that resonate with the population.
Here are a few glimpses of the lasting memories that have been forged in the recent weeks of nationwide protests.
Kathyayini Dash sings Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ during an anti-CAA protest in Cape Town, South Africa
Delhi University student Rohan Vohra raps “Aaja Neeche Mere Paas, Mujse Baat Kar”
An elderly man dances to chants of “Azaadi” at Gateway of India, Mumbai during the #OccupyGateway protest on January 6 in solidarity with JNU students post the violence perpetrated against students the evening before.
Puneet Sharma recites his poem “Tum Kaun Ho Be” at Gateway of India, Mumbai
Former Jamia Millia Islamia student Aamir Aziz recites ‘Main Inkar Karta Hoon’ which he reportedly wrote on a train ride to Delhi on December 14. It was the day after Jamia students marched to Parliament to protest the CAA and NRC.