#StandWithJNU: Bangalore rises in protest

N Jayaram

For Rohith Vemula, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, for equality, freedom of expression and against colonial law!

Although Just about 150 people had indicated on Facebook that they’d be at Bangalore’s Town Hall, in fact, many multiples of that number were present at the peak of the more than two-hours-long protest, after about 6 pm on Thursday, 18 February 2016. Students and teachers from several institutions in the city — Indian Institute of Science, National Law School of India University, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Statistical Institute, Institute for Social and Economic Change and others took part in the protest.

Erudite, thoughtful interventions were made by a large number of speakers invoking the constitutional right of equality and free speech and condemning the current goonda raj in Delhi, condemning the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and the illegal attacks on JNU students including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others.

The cynical attempt to use a colonial era ‘sedition’ law came in for particularly scathing condemnation, speaker after speaker drawing attention to the fact that it was being done by a regime with a direct umbilical link to cowardly Hindutva fascist collaborators during British Raj.

That thousands of people across the country have been marching rallying is seen as testimony to the fact that what happened in Germany last century will not be allowed to happen here. We shall resist. We shall win.