Unique anti-CAA protests, from weddings to Choroonu
The Citizenship Amendment Act triggered a series of protests and people took to the streets to object to the Act. But when the violent protests made headlines, some people protested in their own ways.
Kerala has been witnessing some unique anti-CAA protests in a non-violent manner. From fishermen to doctors, individuals belonging to different groups came forward with their own way to protest. Ceremonies like wedding and choroonu also marked protest.
Here we take a look at these unique protests which ruled social media.
Weddings mark anti-CAA protest
When anti-CAA protests were in its peak, wedding venues also turned peaceful centres of protest. Brides and grooms joined the protest with placards which carried the slogans ' we oppose CAA and NRC’.
In Kannur, DYFI Dharmadam treasurer A Shibin and Kolacherry area committee member Harsha were among the non-violent protesters who opted their wedding to declare protest against CAA and NRC. They took placards written ‘NO NRC, NO CAA’ at the wedding venue.
Prasanth Muthu and Vismaya were another couple who opted for anti-CAA protest at their wedding. Both are DYFI Thalassery area committee members. The bride and groom raised slogans and placards against CAA and NRC during their wedding procession.
Jaseer and Lubna took part in an anti-CAA protest march on their wedding day in Kozhikode. They joined the protest march in Koyilandy while they were on their way to Jaseer’s house. Declaring their stand against the Citizenship Amendment Act, they walked the protest march in their wedding attire.
Wedding cards declare protest
Sanoop and Aathira, natives of Kannur, preferred to mark their protest with their wedding invitation. Their wedding invitation was not a cliché one. The invitation featured the couple’s photo with placards against CAA and NRC.
Anti-CAA protest turned theme for save the date photoshoot of marriage too. Thiruvananthapuram natives Asha and Arun posed for their ‘Save the Date’ shoot with the placards carrying slogans against CAA and NRC.
Hindu couple takes baby to mosque for ‘Choroonu’
Interestingly, a choroonu (first feeding) ceremony of a baby in Malappuram district also turned anti-CAA protest. Prasanth and Niji, a Hindu couple performed their baby's choroonu at a popular mosque called Mampuram Makham. Their act was an epitome of communal harmony too.
“If you decide to divide us, we decide to stand united. Son’s Chornoonu at Mampuram Makham,” Niji captioned the pic.
'Our country is facing serious insecurity on account of discrimination in the CAA. In view of this, we decided to have our son’s Choroonu in the mosque to give a message of communal harmony. Mampuram masjid is popular as a place of worship which promote communal harmony. So when we decided to take our son for choroonu to the masjid, they welcomed us without raising any issues on religion. Our family also supported us”, said Niji to mathrubhumi.com.
Doctor couple’s name boards
A doctor couple in Palakkad also impressed all with their anti-CAA protest. They expressed their protest with their name boards in front of their house.
Dr Sarin, a former IAAS official and his wife Dr Soumya declared their stand in this novel way.
“Medical Practitioners, Specialists in constitutional values, #INDIANS, #REPEALCAA #NONRC,” reads the name board of the doctor couple.
When the name board triggered a controversy for not carrying the register number of the doctors, Dr Sowmya took to her Facebook page to give an explanation.
“We are not consulting patients at our house. So it is not a board displaying consulting time and there is no need to display speciality and registration number on it. But still, as being modern medicine practitioners, we added registration number into the board. We just wanted to declare our stand along with our name at our residence,” explained Soumya.
Among many people on social media, MLA VT Balram also appreciated the doctor couple for their social responsibility.
“This is what we expect of a professional in these troubled times. And we need more of such specialists eho appreciate constitutional values. Proud of you dear friend Dr Sarin P. and Dr Soumya Sarin,” wrote Balram on his Facebook page.
Fishermen took water march
In Chaliyam, fisherfolk took a water protest march against the CAA and NRC in January first week. The fishermen took the boats to the sea and protested with placards and national flag by raising slogans against the act.
Videos of the fishermen’s protest also went viral on social media.
Kolam Protests in Chennai
‘Kolam protests’ in Chennai was another non-violent protest which sought the attention of national media.The Kolams were drawn outside the residence of DMK, Congress and Viduthalai Chiruthalaigal Katchi (VCK) party leaders.
These non-violent protesters proved the famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi which says “In a gentle way you can shake the world.”