The student community of the University of Hyderabad staged a night-long protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and proposed the National Register of Citizens (NRC), to replicate a Shaheen Bagh night on Friday.
The program titled as Sadda Haq, started at 9 PM and ended late at the night, was hosted by the Hyderabad Central University Coordination Committee against CAA & NRC, a student’s collective to organize anti-CAA & NRC initiatives in the varsity.
The protest night began with the screening of ‘The Stateless’, a documentary on Assam NRC by Azharuddin.P. It was followed by the students reciting poetry and singing songs of resistance.
Emcee Wild Freedom, the rapper also joined the program
Emcee, a Dalit rapper who is known for is anti-caste rap, is also a former student of Hyderabad University.
‘This is the first time after the Rohit Movement, the varsity is experiencing a mass protest,’ Kavyasree Raghunath, a research scholar at Gender Studies told Maktoob.
Drawings of children from Savitribai Phule Drawing Class, an initiative for giving children from marginalized communities free art classes, were exhibited along with that there was graffiti and lived art being performed.
Students raised slogans and carried placards against the implementation of CAA NRC, the witch-hunting of Muslims and atrocities happening in Kashmir throughout the night-long sit-in protest.
The protest came to end with a performance of the qawwali by Mehboobi brothers.
Mehboobi brothers are popular qawwali singers who used to perform at Yusufain Dargah, one of the spiritual centers in Old Hyderabad.
Students were passionate until the very end, inspired by the mothers of Shaheen Bagh and their contagious energy that gave the spirit for the protests.
Report: Hamna Naseer