The textual content of Jamia Millia Islamia student leader and anti-CAA activist Aysha Renna’s speech at the Elgar Parishad 2021 on January 30.
Revolutionary salutations to the organizers of this nice occasion right here.
I salute the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our dignified existence.
I salute our activists who are imprisoned under draconian laws.
Neelsalam Assalam Intifada Inqilab….
Dear brothers and sisters in the fight against Brahminic fascism,
I’m standing here among you with immense pleasure and gratitude. I salute the brave resistance of our Dalit Bahujan brothers towards the Casteist Peshwas 2 hundred years in the past. With these eternal memories lying down right here, we’ve gathered right here to commemorate the battle and sacrifice of our expensive brother Rohit Vemula, who evokes us on this survival battle towards all types of hegemony of discrimination. As this convention hopes to function a platform to forge eventual alliances over widespread grounds towards the neo-peshwai Brahminical Hindutva fascism and company capitalism, I want to reiterate the importance of solidarity among the many oppressed communities and courses within the present Indian political panorama. Our united battle should hit the citadels of energy with all vibrancy and vigor.
The institutional homicide of Rohith Vemula within the College of Hyderabad and the enforced disappearance of Najeeb Ahmad in Jawaharlal Nehru College reveal that brokers of Brahmanical fascism in universities have chosen college students from marginalized communities as their targets. Rohith Vemula’s humiliation and the Sangh violence towards Najeeb ought to remind us that there are entrenched histories of casteism and Islamophobia even in premier universities. These histories of subjugating college students hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds embody systematically discriminating towards them on the time of entering university, alienating them within the university, and even erasing their existence itself, as is the case of Najeeb Ahmad.
While the institutional murder of Rohith is intended to intimidate Dalit students into silence and acceptance of Brahmanical dominance in universities, the enforced disappearance of Najeeb is meant to stop Muslim students from aspiring to check-in universities like JNU. Both Radhika Vemula and Fatima Nafees have to face the double trauma, of witnessing the demise and disappearance of Rohith and Najeeb whereas additionally negotiating for justice with the identical state which unleashed violence on them. The legacies of Rohith and Najeeb, carried out by their moms and the Bahujan college students within the campuses in addition to streets have proven us the trail of training, group, and agitation for a dignified life and existence. It’s evident in a matter of undeniable fact that the potential mobilizations of Bahujan students within the premiere universities have made a big influence on the present Casteist and Islamophobic buildings and narratives.
As we’re witnessing a farmers’ protest towards the controversial agri laws, India has seen a historic battle towards the discriminatory and repressive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) since its decision was proposed in December 2019. Citizenship debates in India have been developed with super impacts on the lives of millions of people usually focused on numerous agendas of the proposed NRC and NPR. With the enactment of the CAA in each the homes of parliament, the battle discovered new avenues of protest spanning by rallies, sit-ins, street blockades, and hartals.
These Anti-CAA, NPR, and NRC protests had been extensively appreciated as a result of its democratic and inclusive nature and most significantly its sustenance spirit in the course of the peak of maligned hate campaigns by the state machinaries and Sangh Parivar propagandists. Whereas the preliminary struggles had been coordinated by the scholars, the violent suppression over these peaceable protests led to the emergence of extra sustainable protest websites modeled upon ‘Shaheen Bagh’ throughout India underneath the management of Muslim girls, pupil activists, journalists and socio-political teams
The governments within the Centre and the States have been focusing on the activists concerned within the anti-CAA, NPR and NRC protests with unjust arrests and detentions. Students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia faced a lot of brutal suppression from the state machineries since the protest began on 13 December 2019. The peaceful protest sites and marches to the parliament had been sabotaged by each the police and Sangh Parivar criminals with hate propaganda and arrests. Through the peak of battle, the Sangh Parivar unleashed a violent anti-Muslim pogrom in North-East Delhi murdering greater than 40 Muslims so as to destabilize the protest websites.
The state has been using arrests and unlawful detentions of leaders to frighten the widespread mass in regards to the penalties of dissent. A sequence of arrests are happening throughout the nation even in the course of the emergency situation of the COVID-19 pandemic whereas placing the lives of leaders at grave threat. Main pupil activists corresponding to Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal, and Devangana Kalita are at the moment imprisoned in numerous jails. Leaders of Anti-CAA protests corresponding to Dr. Kafeel Khan, Khalid Saifi, Safoora Zargar, Gulshifa Fatima, Akhil Gogoi, Ishrat Jahan, and plenty of extra are arrested underneath numerous draconian legal guidelines. In the meantime, the Sangh Parivar culprits and hate mongers are persevering with their propaganda with full impunity. Our lecturers and activists are arrested and imprisoned after a bogus media trial on their individuals’s activism towards fascism together with Varavara Rao, Stan Swamy, Hany Babu, and many extra.
In this troubled situation of state repression and pandemic, protest against Casteism, Islamophobia and Fascism must be carried on by all available platforms. It’s excessive time to proceed our resistance with rejuvenated vigor and sustenance by taking inspiration from the continued struggles throughout the globe for equality and justice.
I want to conclude my humble speech with an inspiring quote from Malcolm X: Time is on the facet of the oppressed, it is towards the oppressor, Fact is on the facet of the oppressed at present, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything.