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End the protest in Shaheen Bagh | Editorial HT – editorials

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Shaheen Bagh in Delhi has become an iconic site of resistance against the Citizenship Law (Amendment) (CAA) and a possible National Registry of Citizens (NRC) (which, as the government has clarified, is not in progress for now) . In the last two months, women, particularly Muslims, have led the sitting at Shaheen Bagh. The protest has given the CAA-NRC issue a significant space in national consciousness. This is also one of the most successful Occupation movements worldwide. He talks about the agency and the power of Muslim women, who have exercised their democratic rights and broken several stereotypes in the process. The movement has also been nonviolent, despite attempts to inflame the situation. It has generated live questions about the rights of citizens, the place of Muslims in modern India and constitutional values. And it is a reminder to the government about the need to gain the trust of minorities in India.

But it is important that any movement take into account changing circumstances. The government has shown no signs of withdrawing the CAA or even getting involved in the issue and, therefore, a key objective of the protest is not likely to be met. The protest has caused discomfort to the residents of Delhi, which has caused some local resentment. The Supreme Court has observed that protests must occur in designated areas and cannot be undefined; This led some protesters to say they are open to move to another area.

The election result in Delhi has been a resounding mandate for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which followed a very fine line in the protest, without embracing or rejecting it, and a defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was harshly critical of protest. But this should not be read as an endorsement of Shaheen Bagh’s protest, as several other issues became the winner of the AAP. Even so, after the protest became a key issue in the polls, it was reasonable for the organizers not to withdraw, as it might have seemed like a surrender to a political attack. Now that the polls are over, protesters have the political space to make a decision on their own independent merit. They should also consider the fact that the situation, due to elements that want to undermine the protest, can become violent and possibly cause communal disturbances.

A movement has to be tactically agile. Return to how Mahatma Gandhi led the freedom movement: launching agitations when the time was right and withdrawing them when they began to produce diminishing returns. Shaheen Bagh will fall like a historical protest. But organizers must now look back on their achievements, cancel sitting and find other ways to dissent.

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