India Reads, India Resists
Fatima Sheikh, an Indian educator and social reformer was one of the first Muslim women teachers of modern India, She along with Savitribai Phule took charge of spreading education among the downtrodden communities of India. 9 January 2022, is Fatima Sheikh’s 191st birth anniversary.
On the occasion of Fatima Sheikh’s 191s birth anniversary, Karwan e Mohabbat presents a video commemorating the values of the visionary educator.
“Books give us the courage to raise questions. Our protest only becomes stronger by reading.” says Mohammad Asif, a student of Aligarh Muslim University, and one of the founders of the unique library at the Shaheen Bagh protest site in Delhi.
Fatima Sheikh-Savitri Bai Phule Library, was established in January 2020, just about 50 metres from the main protest site of Shaheen Bagh, giving anti CAA-NRC protesters another way to register their stir apart from sloganeering. People of different ages, some reading, some taking notes from specific books, and others running their eyes through the covers of the books displayed at Shaheen Bagh’s bus stand-turned-library, were to be seen during the protest days.
However, the protest site was cleared after the government announced a lockdown in March 2020,