Dimapur: In just a little over a week of its creation, ‘Nagaland Against CAA’ — an online community formed to gather forces to protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act — is already making the right noises in the hilly Northeast state.
Launched on January 6, the community has managed to garner 17,546 members till the filing of this report. As part of its immediate initiatives, the community plans to hit the streets of Dimapur on January 18.
Speaking with EastMojo, Kevitho Kera, an administrator of the online group, said that while other parts of the country is at unrest, Nagaland has so far been ‘quite silent’ in regard to the CAA. Terming this as ‘disturbing’, he said that six members formed a WhatsApp group to discuss the possibilities of resenting against the Act and decided to create ‘Nagaland Against CAA’, a Facebook group, to mobilise young minds with common ideas. It has since been sharing information related to the Act.
The peaceful public protest on Saturday is scheduled from 10 am to 4 pm at Supermarket Area, near ‘the Garden’, under Dimapur district, and is likely to witness music, theatrical drama and on the spot painting based on the revolutionary theme. Kera informed EastMojo that the Dimapur police commissioner has granted them permission to hold the rally.
“CAA is destroying the secular fabric of India and we feel for our Muslim brothers, who are specially targeted,” he said. Kera said that at the regional level, Northeast as a whole is in “danger”. Expressing concern over Nagaland, he said the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, irrespective of religion, is unable to be controlled. He said that once the door of Assam is opened for illegal immigrants, “the spillover effect is always felt in Nagaland, particularly in Dimapur”.
Although the Inner Line Permit (ILP) has been extended to Dimapur recently which brought the state under its purview, he said that it is not strictly implemented and that it poses as a threat to the unique identity of the Northeast. “This is the social media age,” he said when asked about the idea behind forming a social media force. Highlighting the success of a previous online campaign, he said that the impact it creates is powerful.
Kera then revealed that the public protest was initially planned for both Dimapur and Kohima. While it is unable to mobilise a rally in Kohima, he hoped that it will be executed before the Supreme Court verdict. He added that depending on the response of this protest, further action will be initiated.
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