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    IIM Bangalore Takes ‘Shoe Satyagraha’ Route To Protest Against Citizenship Act

    The students also raised their glowing cell phones as part of their demonstration against the CAA

    As anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) continue to rock the country with students leading the protest rallies, the dean, administration of Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) had sent a mail to the students at 5:52 pm on December 19th, 2019, denying permission for the protest.

    On the other hand, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from 6 am on December 19th, 2019 to December 21st, 2019 midnight in view of the shutdown call by social and student organisations against CAA.

    However, the protest still took place at the IIM-B. The students and faculty defied both the internal and external ban by laying placards and multiple pairs of footwear outside the institute’s main gate. Among the protesters, a student in a wheelchair also participated in the unique ‘show satyagraha’. The photographs of which went viral on social media on December 20th, 2019 night.

    The students also raised their glowing cell phones as part of their demonstration against the CAA which offers citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A few students also brought flowers to leave alongside the shoes and their posters.

    Though the men in uniform stood in guard, the students were not stopped to register their ‘shoe satyagraha’. With gates locked, the students and faculty staged sit-inside their campus without raising slogans.

    Photo credit: @ayushjain3399

    Hundreds of students from various universities of Delhi are holding protest over the CAA ever since the last week.

    Amid the unrest, images and videos capturing a glimpse of humanity and harmony went viral on social media. The photographs and videos showing a group of protesters presenting red roses to the Delhi police personnel are winning hearts on social media.

    As the protests against the new citizenship continued in the national capital, the protesters on December 19th, 2019 offered roses to security personnel at the Jantar Mantar saying that their message is ‘love in return for hatred’ while adding that the police can lathi-charge them as much as they want.

    If the police force is facing the wrath for lathi-charging students, one policeman won hearts when he sang the National Anthem to pacify the agitated anti-CAA protesters. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Bengaluru Chetan Singh Rathore sang the National Anthem to calm down the raging protesters who descended on the streets to register their opposition against the act defying government orders to accumulate in a public place.

    Photo credit: @_MissHandled_


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