This is an alarm bell: Actor Arundathi Nag joins Bengaluru pro’test against JNU vio’lence

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Students of various colleges in Bengaluru and left student organisations held a massive prot’est on Monday at Bengaluru’s Town Hall, co ndemning the vi’olence perpet’rated at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on Sunday night.

The pr’otest, which began with sloganeering by a handful of students around 10 am only grew in numbers. By 4 pm, around 1,500 people had gathered outside Town Hall and began sho uting slogans for act’ion against the mas m’ob, who ass’aulted students and teachers at JNU. JNU students alle’ge that the m’ob were Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) members.’

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Actor Arundathi Nag also took part in the pr’otest, saying, “This is a big alarm bell and we have to rise against this. This will negatively impact the poorest of the poor in worse ways. We are somehow more fortunate, so today if we don’t stand up for them, then what will happen to them, the less pri’vileged ones. I am not one of those who would usually hit the streets for political reasons, usually I choose to do my politics on the stage through my theatre. But today it’s a good (cau se) and we as Indians have to wake up if our politicians want to hij’ack our de’mocracy.”

“Each drop of blo’od is a seed for more students to rise up against tyranny,” prote’sters sang in a chorus. “Azadi, Azadi,” protes’ters shouted and called for the r

esignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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Pr’otesters held slogans which demanded Shah’s resignation and acc’used the Centre of turning a b’lind eye to the viole’nce and vand’alism alleg’edly perp’etrated by the right-wing group.

“Don’t hu’rt students, we are the future of the country,” protes’ting students shouted repeatedly.

Following Sunday’s att’ack in which 28 people including JNU Student Union leader Aishe Gho and Professor Sucharita Sen had to be admitted in AIIMS, the JNU student union had called their V-C a “m’obster who per’petuates viol’ence in the university he is supposed to administer.

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