- Over 50 student organisations form 'Young India Committee' against CAA
Over 50 student organisations form 'Young India Committee' against CAA
NEW DELHI: A collective of over 50 students organisations from various public and private universities of the country have come together to start a campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019.
Launched as 'Young India National Coordination Committee' on December 24, this group of students’ organisations aims to boost the crusade against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, National Register of Citizen (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
The committee announced a campaign that will be an attempt to make the protests more coordinated all over India. Speaking at the press conference, Kawalpreet Kaur, Delhi University student and president of the left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA), said, “Young India Coordination Committee will bring together students group as a coordinated unit. We will intensify the protest against CAA until the government takes back this law.”
Members of students’ organisation from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh – both states that saw intense protests against the law – are also a part of this group. “ It (CAA) is unconstitutional and communal in nature. In Assam, the Central Government is creating a divide between Hindu and Muslims. We have always been against it. Six students, including a Class 10 student lost his life (in a protest),” said Rahul Chetri, general secretary of Dibrugarh University Students Union.
The committee will launch its campaign on January 1, 2020. It said in a statement: “Young India gives a call to observe the first day of the coming year, 1st January as a day to Defend the Constitution.” It aims to get pledges from over 100 universities against the CAA, NRC and NPR.
The students' organisations to join this collective include the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Students’ Union, All Adivasi Assam Students’ Union, Ashoka University Student Government, Bhim Army Students Federation, Jamia Millia Islamia Joint Coordination Committee, Film and Television Institute of India Students Union, Students' Collective of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union.
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