A year ago, on December 11, 2019, the Parliament passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA). The Act was seriously debated and opposed because of the exclusion of Muslim migrants and non-Muslim majority neighbouring countries.
The Act was opposed on the grounds of bringing a major change to the core concept of Indian citizenship by adding a religious angle to it and brought the entire country into a state of turmoil.
Millions of people took to the streets to protest against this act and voice their opinions. This movement also made its way into the world of music, which gave us some hard-hitting protest songs.
A year removed; let’s take a look back at these five songs that truly capture the people’s emotion:
1. ACHE DIN?? by VAN M:
Assam-based rapper VAN M (pronounced Venom) rages on the song and lashes out against the Act with lines like “Assam aaj jal raha, khoon mera khaul raha/ Democracy is dead, Hitler sashan chal raha hai//”. The artist’s anger is visible in the music video and his raspy voice.
2. ODHIKAAR by Shankuraj Konwar, Nilotpal Bora, and more:
‘Odhikaar’ is a beautiful song with strong lyrics that criticize the government’s actions, reminds every one of the sacrifices made by martyrs, and encourages the people to speak out on what is wrong. The song has been compared to the legendary compositions of the late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, which invokes Assamese nationalism among the people.
3. Rap against Citizenship Amendment Bill by Rahul Rajkhowa:
Rahul Rajkhowa is a vocalist, guitarist, and producer who is the lead singer of the band ‘Paperboat’ and also an avid environmentalist. In his protest song, he raps over legendary New York rapper 50 Cent’s smash hit ‘In Da Club’ beat and speaks on the atrocities and impact of the decisions made by the government.
4. Bangladeshi by Minimi:
Minimi is also another Guwahati-based rapper. Minimi comes with spitter flow on the song and calls for the youth to join the fight against illegal immigrants and save the land. The song, however, has garnered criticism for being xenophobic and inciting violence.
5 NO CAA by Vayu Vrse:
Guwahati-based rapper Vayu’s anti-CAA and NRC protest song challenges the people in power with lyrics such as “Huwa CAB abhi CAA, par tu layega kaha? Crore’on me jo log ayenge, basayega kaha?/ Khilayega kaha? Naukri dilayega Kaha? Apne logon ko to pehle berozgari se bacha//”
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