Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Other Bollywood Stars Tagged 'Hypocrites' Over #BlackLivesMatter

© AFP 2022 / FADEL SENNAIndian actress Priyanka Chopra attends her tribute on Jemaa El Fnaa square during the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 5, 2019 in Marrakech.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra attends her tribute on Jemaa El Fnaa square during the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 5, 2019 in Marrakech.  - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): For the past week, social media has been taken over by posts supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement after African-American man George Floyd was killed during an arrest by Minneapolis police, which led to violent protests across the country.

As millions of protesters gather across America, including in front of the White House, in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Bollywood celebrities from India, including Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tiger Shroff, and Ranveer Shorey, among others, have expressed solidarity with it.

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B-town stars who have shared the widely circulated “Please! I cannot breathe” post – which were Floyd’s close-to-last words before he was suffocated to death by the police – on their social networking handles, are drawing flak for maintaining pin drop silence when India was burning in communal clashes at the beginning of the year.

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​Kashmir-based Indian politician Omar Abdullah also bashed the B-town celebs for taking a stand in other country’s mess – when they chose to keep quiet when their own country was a mess.

​In January 2020, India's capital Delhi was burning in riots that erupted between orthodox Hindus and Muslims after the Narendra Modi government passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in December 2019. While the CAA restricted illegal Muslim migrants from applying for fast-tracked Indian citizenships, NRC required Indians – especially minorities – to prove their ethnicity with ancestral paperwork and documents.

Millennials in India – several of whom were students – came forward as front liners at the time to protest against the perceived communal discrimination. The protestors were met with violence, where police officials were accused of initiating physical tussles in several instances. Civilians, as well as police officials, lost their lives during the violent days – which witnessed stone pelting and even gun crimes.

On 15 December, the police used tear gas shells and cane-charges to control mobs in Delhi, on the same day that the government enforced the CAA. Police allegedly dragged students out of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi after the protest turned ugly. More than 100 activists and 35 policemen, including some senior officers, were injured.

Similar instances were reported from other colleges and universities, including Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in India.

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