Era for the youth

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/20/2019 11:13:15 AM IST

 Days after the protests at Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), more students and youths took up similar protests against Citizen (Amendment) Act (CAA) at several places in the national capital.There were acts of violence committed by miscreants who were  which also  spread to Seelampur and Daryaganj-Rajghat areas. On Tuesday December 19 protests spread to more areas in the national capital and also Delhi, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Guwahati, It was clear and simple police atrocity and brutality- attacking bystanders, forcibly picking up peaceful protestors and then attacking the JIU library as it if was a war bunker of the enemy. The media-backed official narrative of arson, stone-throwing and rioting by the students was soon overshadowed by stories of police brutality against students. Of course, the omnipresence of mobile cameras, the reach of social media and the disproportionate presence of Jamia alumni in mainstream media helped. So did the support from many artists and actors. The videos of the students being chased into the university library, hostels and residential areas were too powerful to be overlooked.The government must either accept that it is responsible for the brutalities committed by its police force or deny blame the protestors for the violence. The video clips that had emerged of the protests clearly showed how police in Delhi had acted as if they were ordered to treat students and civilian protestors worse than criminals. The behaviour of the uniformed personnel calls into question the impartiality of the hierarchy. Allegations of police brutalities are as common as the alibi that the police had to respond after protestors turned violent. There is therefore a need to hold an impartial inquiry and bring to book those who chose to attack helpless citizens instead of protecting them. The manner in which students were targeted was shocking. Many of them were injured, some seriously and many more would be carrying the trauma. On the other hand if the government continues to justify what it has done, then it should reward its police force for undertaking an excellent surgical strike. What has also been revealed during the anti-CAA agitation is the youths of different states who acted in solidarity. This time, students from the IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, Indian Institute of Science and even the private universities joined their counterparts in premiere public universities in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Bhopal, besides institutions in small-town India, to express solidarity with the students in Jamia. Surprising to many, the students and youths were joined together as dots in different states. This means that youths in India are united in their resolve to make their voices heard and presence felt over crucial issues that affects them and the country as a whole. What was noted during the past few months of the agitation against the CAB is the new phenomenon of youths responding to socio-political issues and which observers feel, sent a message about the potential of change in national politics. This incipient youth movement has the required footprint and some depth. It is still in search of the icons and the ideas that can capture the imagination of this generation. India needs its youth not rhetoric or divisive politics to steer the destiny of the people away from  revisionism, minorityism and communalism.


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