The hate for Modi amongst the ultra-left wing intelligentsia of the country is compelling them to uselessly speak against the Citizenship Amendment Law without actually understanding the nitty-gritty of the Law. One such esteemed member of the ‘anti-Modi’ brigade is Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah who on late Friday evening made a surprise visit to Bilal Bagh, Bengaluru’s Shaheen Bagh, where Muslim women are on an indefinite dharna against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Necessitated by his left-liberal tendencies, Shah addressed the Muslim woman protestors who thronged the shamiyana at the protest venue. He instigated thousands of Muslim women present there asking them to snatch away their rights.
Reading out a few lines from a verse written by poet Safdar Hashmi, Shah said that the women-led protests have given him the courage to speak up. “Everywhere in the country, women are protesting. These brave women are being asked by some elements: How can they come out on the streets? Who has given them permission and whether men have sent them to protest? To them, I have only one thing to say: These brave women are awakened now and don’t need anyone’s permission to protest,” he said.
Taking an indirect dig at Modi led BJP government Shah said: “When students in Jamia Millia Islamia are attacked, when a nine-year-old girl in Bidar is traumatised and is forced to live alone because her mother is taken into custody on no grounds and when in Delhi’s Gargi College, miscreants enter the premises and misbehave with our daughters, people who have spoken about ‘beti-padao beti-bachao’ seem to have still not found a voice to speak out,” Shah said, adding the incidents left his blood boiling.
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“But women like you in Shaheen Bagh and Bilal Bagh help find courage and peace of mind,” he said.
Notably, actor Naseeruddin Shah, who has never shied away from exhibiting his left-liberal tendencies, had recently joined hands with 300 artists, including filmmakers such as Ratna Pathak Shah, Jaaved Jafferi, Nandita Das, Mira Nair, among others to sign an open letter standing in solidarity with the students who have been protesting incessantly against the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC). These leftists had in their open letter called CAA a “threat” to the soul of India.
In response Union Minister Ramdas Athawale asked filmmaker Naseeruddin Shah to “study” the Citizenship Amendment Act and understand that it doesn’t harm the interests of Indian Muslims.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, divisive caste activist MLA from Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani, had also addressed the people gathered at the Billa Bagh protest site assuring the protesters that he would take their message of peace and resistance to Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and everywhere else where similar protests are underway.
“Mothers, the light and brightness of your faces….if Modi sees you all just once, he will resign. Although this protest belongs to all of us, it especially belongs to all you revolutionary sisters and mothers. That’s why I haven’t come here today to give a long lecture, I have come to just witness your illumined faces,” he said.
Also joining in with the protest was Ramachandra Guha and trans-right activist, Akkai Padmashali.
The protest at Bengaluru’s Bilal Bagh which has drawn inspiration from Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, stepped into its 9th day of protest today. On Tannery Road where Bilal Bagh has been set up, Muslim women have blocked off the road by setting up a tent in which slogans against CAA and NRC are being shouted and songs are being sung.
The recent anti-CAA protests being perpetrated in different parts of the country have brought out into the open the ugly hatred that has been festering in the hearts of these leftist-liberals.
Recently, propagandist filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was also seen at Jamia and Shaheen Bagh expressing solidarity with the Islamist protestors present there, agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Law since over last two months.