‘Azadi’ is the new festive slogan of Farook college Kozhikode. Fozlava, the fine arts festival of Farook college is one the vibrant event of the college. The students make the event a mesmerising feast to the eyes with second year and final year students’ dress code. The dress code of Farook college is usually a topic to converse about by colleges in Kerala and imitate the style and fashion.
This year the second year students of college made their dress code a political stand point to register their anger and protest against central government’s ‘anti-Muslim’ and ‘unconstitutional’ citizenship laws . National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are the hot cups of coffee of every citizen in India but for Farookians it is the leitmotif of Fozlava 2020. The girls and boys wore anti-NRC, anti-CAA t-shirts for this year’s Fozlava and rose slogans to revoke NRC and reject CAA.
The students entered the campus silently with a black mouthpiece and invaded the venue with the Italian protest song ‘Bella ciao’. They raised ‘Azadi’ and ‘Stop Islamophobia’ slogans in-front of the whole students and faculty of Farook college.
“We, Farookians were the first campus to raise our protest from Kerala against the anti-constitutional act and we believe that we should keep sloganeering against anything that is fascistic, anytime. Farook college is a minority community college and voices from us should be heard to the nuke and corners,” says one of the protesting students.
Fozlava 2020 dress code is not the only form of protest, the whole campus has been decorated in solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and Shaheenbagh protesters, protest wall and model of constitution of India is also Farook’s way of demanding freedom, justice, liberty and fraternity via Fozlava!
Former IAS officer and one of the leading faces of anti-CAA protests Kannan Gopinathan has been invited to the inauguration of the arts festival. “The invitation was to register our solidarity with protesters across the country,” the students union leaders say.
Inaugurating the festival, Kanann Gopinathan said such festivals would rekindle the feelings of protest and dissent among youngsters.
Haniya studies BA Functional English at Farook College, Kozhikode.