Singularity Effects in a Mass Protest: Anti-CAA Movement

Guwahati: Solidarity has always been part of any movement, which has brought important changes in the field of leadership and demands of the great masses. Solidarity protests have always invented it to gain freedom and privileges.

The anti-CAA protests began with a broader perspective. Gradually, however, it limited itself to different objectives raised by different groups protesting against the CAA. The history of anti-CAA protests goes back years, unlike the one-year protests by farmers’ unions. So why did the government decide to call for a farmers’ protest meeting for a year and not for the substantial mass protest of the anti-CAA movement?

After the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the government on December 12, 2019, the fire of protests started in Assam. It has been over three years now, and nothing has worried the government. The people of Assam expected major organizations like the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to unite people for their proposals. The AASU played an important role in the anti-alien agitation in 1979-1985. Likewise, the state’s citizens wanted the AASU to raise its voice at mass rallies against the CAA. The reflections of the anti-CAA protests and the Assam movement have remained similar, except for those leading the masses of unrest.

Leadership must be ideal and moving; only then can a commotion be worth it. The leaders of the Assam movement and the current anti-CAA movement have markedly different dogmas. What followed the leaders of the anti-CAA movement shows their uniqueness. However, the singularity is not accepted by all. The movements must be massive and must follow solidarity.

The CAA aimed to make non-Muslim immigrants from neighboring states reliable Indian citizens, violating Clauses 5 and 6 of the Assam Accord, which brought peace by ending the Assam movement. Shortly after the government announced the implementation of AAC, many people took to the streets. They began to protest against the government’s decision to grant citizenship status to foreigners.

The anti-CAA movement spread from state to state calmly and swiftly, but the goals of the protests varied accordingly. The singularity has been flaunted by organizations like AASU, AJYCP, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), etc. These protest groups began to raise their voices against the government’s decision to grant citizenship to foreigners, in violation of Clause 5 of the Assam Accord.

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Asked about the stopping of the movement, the leaders of the anti-CAA protest groups replied that the call for agitation had taken place to ensure the future of the students. AASU leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi once said, “You cannot say that the protests have lost their impact. The protests continue. Whether on land or on the legal battlefield. Our eyes are on Delhi and the Supreme Court hearings. We have slowed down the protests because of the ongoing reviews. But the protest will continue until the CAA sees its end. “

Commenting further on the anti-CAA movement, Palash Changmai of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) said that if we block the national road in protest, what will it hurt? The students, without a shadow of a doubt. So, with these things in mind, we’ve put protests on the back burner for now. ”

What is more important in agitation is to bring together groups and people from different geographic areas under one tree. If groups are protesting for a reason with their own goals and objectives, the crucial purpose of a protest is futile. During the anti-CAA protest in Assam, different groups of protesters individually make comments about the CAA that seem misleading. It highlights how these groups should have a good roundtable discussion to make a change and not comment on each other.

Rajor Dal’s leader Akhil Gogoi recently commented on the CAA martyrs. He said special funding would be given to those who lost their lives in the anti-CAA movement. Gogoi also asks the ruling party to discuss the CAA at the assembly meeting. Akhil Gogoi said: “I have been the most turned person in the whole CAA movement. I know things well. If the CAA goes into effect, it will provide a way for 20 lakhs of Bangladeshis to obtain citizenship and further pave the way for others to enter Assam.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya also commented on the fall in anti-CAA protests in the state. Bhattacharya said the anti-CAA protests would resume. He further denied the allegations of Raijor Dal’s leader, Gogoi. Gogoi alleged that the agitation stopped due to the weak functionalism of the national organizations. AASU chief Bhattacharya added that the song is part of a movement and will continue to bring solidarity and nationalism among the people.

Unable to bring a sense of solidarity on their own, the leaders sought out iconic singers like Zubeen Garg. Garg recently said that the current government barely understands our people and the concerns over the CAA. The ministers have changed, but there is no result regarding the demands of the movement for the moment.

Comments and discussions about the anti-CAA movement spill over into Assam. Every leader of a political party or organization talks about the resumption of the anti-CAA movement. However, no one worried about the inconvenience for such a large movement to stop. If such individualism prevails in the state, the future of the anti-CAA movement will definitely be under gray skies.

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