Writers join the chorus: Arundhati Roy, Devdutt, Ramachandra Guha among writers to speak out against CAA

AgenciesUpdated: Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 01:56 AM IST
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New Delhi: Joining the chorus against the amended citizenship law, a number of Indian writers, including Arundhati Roy, Devdutt Pattanaik and Ramachandra Guha, claimed the "anti-India" legislation is set to "break the back of our Constitution".

Some of the writers, including Pattanaik, also criticised the police crackdown against students protesting against the law in Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.

Amidst protests across the country, writer-activist Roy compared the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with the "1935 Nuremberg Laws of the Third Reich" and appealed to people to "stand up".

"Three years ago we stood in line obediently outside banks as demonetization was imposed on us, a policy that broke the back of our country's economy. Now the National Register of Citizens coupled with the Citizenship Amendment Bill is set to break the back of our Constitution and cut the ground from under our feet," the Booker Prize winning author said in a statement issued through Haymarket Books.

Mythologist Pattanaik suggested politicians "who never went to college" should not give advice on student activities.

"Just as celibate men should not give advice on sex, politicians who never went to college should not give advice on student activities, and students who never worked should not give advice on entrepreneurship," the 49-year-old author, who sent out several tweets against the CAA as well as the police action against students, wrote.

In the form of a conversation between fictional characters Vikram and Vetal, he commented on ministers being clueless about rising prices of onion while they can find "jihadist/maoists in every college campus".

"Vetal: What will the most perplexing thing in Kali Yuga? Vikram: Ministers and their trolls will find jihadis/Maoists in every college campus that challenges them, but be clueless as to why onion prices are so ridiculously high," he shared.

Chetan Bhagat, who is known for his pro-government outlook, said, "Whatever their historical names, there are no Hindu or Muslim universities in India. They are all Indian universities. And they all must be protected."

The youth may have patience, but don't test the limits of it," he said.

Best known for his romantic novels, author Ravinder Singh also condemned the Act calling it "anti-India".

"We are a SECULAR country. Any bill/law that discriminates on the basis of religion and gives preference to one religion over other is ANTI-INDIA," the 37-year-old author said.

In a series of tweets, historian Ramachandra Guha reiterated Mahatma Gandhi's vow in 1919, in which he had asked his compatriots, Hindus and Muslims, to behave like children of the same parents.

"A vow Gandhi asked his compatriots to take in 1919: "With God as witness we Hindus & Muslims declare that we shall behave towards one another as children of the same parents, that we shall have no differences, that the sorrows of each will be the sorrows of the other.

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