BCCI chief and former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly’s daughter Sana took to Instagram to voice her dissent against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
India is a secular state and hence all religions are equal. The recent CAA, which is seen as divisive has not gone down well with most people especially the youth. During the weekend when the CAA came to the fore, the students of Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) in New Delhi who were protesting against the Act were rounded up by the Delhi Police.
The police entered the university to bring the situation under control. In the midst of it students were injured and had to be taken to the hospital. The attack on the Jamia students sparked protests by students from all major institutes of the country including IIT Madras and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The students maintained that they had not participated in any form of violence, yet had to face the rage of police.
“Every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonize in order to thrive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife.”
An excerpt from ‘The End of India’
Amid all the chaos, Sana took to Instagram. She shared a pertinent extract from Khushwant Singh’s ‘The End of India’ (published in 2003), voicing her dissent. She condemned the CAA, stating that it’s a movement, built on hate.
The excerpt read, “Every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonize in order to thrive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife.”
“Those of us today who feel secure because we are not Muslims or Christians are living in a fool’s paradise. The Sangh is already targeting the Leftist historians and “Westernized” youth. Tomorrow it will turn its hate on women who wear skirts, people who eat meat, drink liquor, watch foreign films, don’t go on annual pilgrimages to temples, use toothpaste instead of danth manjan, prefer allopathic doctors to vaids, kiss or shake hands in greeting instead of shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. No one is safe. We must realise this if we hope to keep India alive,” her Instagram story read.
— Aparna (@chhuti_is) December 17, 2019
Deafening silence from the sport fraternity
While the 18-year-old Sana expressed her dissent against the CAA, many from the sports fraternity, including her father, remained silent as thousands of students took to the streets directing an investigation into the use of teargas inside Jamia’s library on Sunday.
While Irfan Pathan raised his voice about the Jamia students, the sports community chose to remain silent, leaving fans dissatisfied. Even Virender Sehwag, who was a student at Jamia, did not show any concern or view on the debate despite his general pro-activeness on Twitter.
Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV