The Colonised Have Become Colonisers: Hundreds March In Delhi Protesting The Bid To Amend Article 370 (Photo Essay)
"Speak up! Before the last voice is muzzled."
“Palestine is too close, India.”
“Fascism is not to be debated. It is to be smashed.”
“Democracy is dead.”
Hundreds gathered in New Delhi’s Barakhamba Road and marched to Jantar Mantar on August 7 to protest against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to amend Article 370.
The move that has been called both unconstitutional and undemocratic has received condemnation from activists, journalists and political parties across the board.
With posters proclaiming the “death of Indian democracy”, protesters in New Delhi, led by Left organisations, called out what they saw as the Centre’s attempt to colonise Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Doraisamy Raja, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, said: “The way they [BJP] brought the legislation and the way they got the abrogation of Article 370, it’s an assault on the Indian democracy; it’s an assault on our constitution; it’s an assault on the federal principles of our democratic polity.”
This protest rally, one of several across the country, stands in stark contrast against the general atmosphere of glee from supporters of the saffron party, even as Kashmiris continue to remain voiceless thanks to a communications blackout in the now-Union Territory.
Photographer Mubeen Siddiqui captured several photos of the protest in Delhi.