I was genuinely humbled to see so many people turn up for the Protest yesterday at August Kranti Maidan. But I also felt very angry.
I was outside the Maidan and this video contains footage from there.
The video randomly captures most of the things I saw and heard in the protest today. Alot of men. Many party flags. Many kinds of slogans of ‘Azaadi’. People in clusters and groups trying to find a voice.
And I think that’s what is needed for this struggle right now. The public felt like they could finally gather the courage to express their angst against Modi y’day. But we need a unifying voice to do more than that. We need the voice that can drive people to the direction of what they must do. A voice that can clearly state what we’re up against. A voice that can tell the people that this isn’t like ‘just another election’ that we can try our luck at.
Imagine 1.5 lakh people shouting a slogan against the heinous and oppressive nature of the government. Imagine the same crowd feeling like they could go back home knowing what they need to step out of their homes for, again. Imagine the same crowd bringing more women and children from their families.
I’m happy that Mumbai could gather the courage to come out yesterday, but we need to do this every day. Every day until the CAA and NRC is revoked. It has been implemented in Assam. It will be implemented in Gujarat soon.
But we’re beyond awareness now, we need to know how to organise ourselves and find a unifying voice.