On March 11th, 2020, a group called GIA (Group of Intellectuals and Academicians) submitted a fact-finding report on the Delhi riots to the Home Ministry. The group then announced that a book Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, based on this report would be launched on August 22, 2020.
It was a winter of hope. The protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed National Register of Indian Citizens were raging across the country. The two with the purpose of splitting the country along religious lines, were in fact beginning to unite people in defence of India’s secular constitution.
नागरिकता संशोधन क़ानून (सीएए), नेशनल रजिस्टर ऑफ इंडियन सिटिजन्स (एनआरआईसी) और नेशनल पॉपुलेशन रजिस्टर के ख़िलाफ़ देशभर में शांतिपूर्ण प्रदर्शन हो रहे हैं. लेकिन, उत्तर प्रदेश की सरकार इन प्रदर्शनों और विरोध की आवाज़ों को दबाने के लिए बर्बर कार्रवाई कर रही है. देश के हर हिस्से में लोग, खासकर महिलाएं सड़क पर उतर कर प्रदर्शन कर रही हैं, लेकिन सिर्फ यूपी (और बिहार के साथ तटीय कर्नाटक) के प्रदर्शनों ने ही हिंसक रुप लिया है.
As peaceful protests were organized around the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) and the National Population Register (NPR)1, the state of Uttar Pradesh stands out for the intense harshness of state action to crush the voices of dissent.
A young doctoral scholar lay calmly on his hospital bed in Aligarh. We could not have mustered his courage and equanimity. Just two nights earlier, his palm had been blown off by a lethal missile fired by the police. Doctors amputated his hand to save his life.