Inspired by protestors in shaheen bagh, residents of Subzibagh in Bihar Began a sit-in demonstration against CAA, NRC and NPR on January 12th.
The ongoing agitation which is a profusion of anti CAA movement also stands against the violence inflicted on students of Jamia, JNU and AMU.
Within days, the protest gained large mobilisation yet residents maintained discipline and resistance throughout. A makeshift tent was set up just like that in Shaheen Bagh, with proper sitting arrangement for women of all ages. As the protest gained recognition, many schools and colleges showed support for the cause.
While a few men managed the traffic ensuring a smooth traffic flow in the bustling area of Subzibagh, others kept the audience engaged while Muslim brothers offered prayer.
The cramped lanes of Subzibagh is a major Muslim populated area in Patna, Bihar that witnessed support from activists like Kanhaiya Kumar and Imran Pratap Garh who visited Subzibagh and addressed the people on the third and fourth day of the protest. They appreciated the bravery of women and men who stood united in the biting cold weather and manifested full support in their fight.
Like most of the recent protests, the Patna protest also reflected the power of women in leading and voicing their opinions. While the old ones wrapped themselves in warm shawls, many others were seen actively participating along with their kids raising slogans and cheering the unity.
The gathering increases afternoon and hundreds of them joined by evening. Next day, they come back with the same spirit and strength, determined to continue till the CAA and proposed NRC is withdrawn.
Yumna Ahmed is a freelance journalist based in New Delhi and she studies convergent journalism at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Moniza is a journalist based in Patna, Bihar