Intellectuals, singers, students, civil society members throng Cotton University premises in Guwahati to raise their voice against the contentious legislation
Guwahati: Over 500 students from Cotton University and some other educational institutions of Guwahati on Friday organised 'Ronohunkaar', a musical form of demonstration, to protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government’s move to pass the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).
'Ronohunkaar' -- which signifies 'declaration of a war' against the government -- was organised under the aegis of Cotton College Students’ Union with help from student fraternities of Guwahati and was held at Panbazar area of the city on Friday.
The idea behind the musical demonstration was to send a clear message of opposition to the BJP-led Central and state government’s decision of implementing CAB in Assam along with other parts of the country with some exemptions.
Speaking sith EastMojo, a student leader from Cotton University, Hirok Jyoti Borah, informed that student fraternities across Assam, including Guwahati, have contributed bit by bit to help in organising 'Ronohunkaar'.
Borah further revealed that several leading personalities from the city and a few former political leaders from the state have also supported the students in organising the musical protest.
In this unique way of musical demonstration in Guwahati, a large number of students from Cotton University and other adjacent colleges came together and strongly pressed upon their opposition against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Besides shouting slogans against the state and Central government, the students staged demonstration and were seen beating drums and cymbals in a rhythm of war cry displaying their growing anger against the government’s decision over CAB.
Leading intellectuals, renowned filmmakers, artisans, poets and singers from the state, including Hiren Gohain and Zubeen Garg, also took part in the programme, among many others.
Remembering the martyrs of Assam agitation, the prominent Assamese personalities chanted poems and sang patriotic songs at the event organised by the students.
Speaking with EastMojo, Assam’s heartthrob Zubeen Garg said that CAB is a conspiracy by the BJP government against Assamese people.
“I am always with the people of Assam and we will continue with our fight until CAB is removed from Assam,” Garg added.
Standing firm to their demand, student leaders from Cotton University said that they won’t accept any foreigners to settle in Assam, irrespective of their religion or the countries of their origin.
“The situation can turn even more violent than it was during Assam agitation and, if required, we will sacrifice ourselves for safeguarding our motherland Assam,” he expressed.