06:46 GMT06 April 2020
Listen Live
    India
    Get short URL
    351
    Subscribe

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Ever since India’s federal government enacted a controversial citizenship law, the country has witnessed widespread protests, some even violent. In the latest clashes between pro- and anti-citizenship law activists that subsequently turned into communal riots, 34 lives were lost and scores wounded.

    Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) calling it “facist and racist”.

    In an event organised in London as a protest against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, Waters, on stage, read out a few lines from Indian poet Aamir Aziz’s poem "Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega" (Everything will be remembered).

    "This is a young man none of us know. His name is Aamir Aziz and he is a young poet and activist in Delhi. He is involved in the fight against Modi and his fascist, racist citizenship law", began Waters.

    “Everything Will Be Remembered…Kill us, we will become ghosts and write of your killings, with all the evidence. You write jokes in court; We will write 'justice' on the walls. We will speak so loudly that even the deaf will hear. We will write so clearly that even the blind will read. You write 'injustice' on the earth; We will write 'revolution' in the sky. Everything will be remembered; Everything recorded", he said.

    ​Aamir Aziz is best known for his protest song "Achhe Din Blues", which has received around 200,000 views on YouTube since its release in March 2019.

    However, netizens didn't appreciate Waters' gesture.

    ​His father was the labour party activist, no wonder he hates Hindus and India. 🤷🏼‍♂️

    Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), have taken the lives of 53 people so far, including 34 in Delhi. 

    The law seeks to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants from religious minorities who faced persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and arrived in India before 2015. The law, however, excluded Muslim migrants from the list, which was deemed discriminatory and unconstitutional by many activists. The government has strongly denied these allegations, saying that the law does not discriminate against anyone.

     

    Related:

    Indian Opposition Protests Against CAA, NRC as President Delivers Budget Speech in Parliament
    Family of Youth Who Shot at Indian CAA Protesters Claim He Isn't Linked to Any Radical Group
    Indian Home Ministry Denies Claims Amit Shah is Going to Meet Anti-CAA Protesters in Delhi
    Tags:
    Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, Pakistan, India, citizenship
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via SputnikComment via Facebook