Amid din, some voices in favour

While August Kranti Maidan was full of people opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Thursday, several others backing the government’s move came together near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). Around 150 protesters, who gathered at Churchgate, marched to CSMT raising slogans against Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid. The protesters shouted in a Hindi…

What happens at a pro-CAA rally in Mumbai: Chants about VD Savarkar, incendiary slogans and praise for Delhi Police

One of the determinants of a protest’s success – or failure – is how conspicuous it is… or isn’t. That there was a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan on Thursday was palpable at Grant Road station itself, where protesters took to sloganeering and marching in files. Simultaneously, another protest…

A classroom for budding politicians

The IIDL’s curriculum includes ‘basic political concepts, media management, constituency management, public speaking and nationalism,’ among others. Simran Kaur Reel, 24, is interning with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) women’s wing; Sahil M Parsekar, 22, is working as a volunteer with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital. While the two have different…