Shaheen Bagh is everywhere!

Inspired by the spirit of Shaheen Bagh, women-led protests against the CAA-NPR-NRC soar

Pune protest

Shaheen Bagh – a Muslim neighbourhood near the Jamia Millia Islamia University has now become an iconic, exemplary inspiration for people protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) throughout the country.

The protest at Shaheen Bagh is led by women, who with children in tow, have been sitting under a multi-colored canopy, staging a peaceful protest for a month now. Undeterred by strong arm tactics of the government, the sisters of Shaheen Bagh look after each other and now their protests has reached other corners of the country, sprouting other Shaheen Bagh’s everywhere.

In what can be termed as one of the longest protests since Independence, since the announcement of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) becoming an Act, men and women are occupying parks, maidans and roads to register their protest.

One such protest that started four days ago is being staged at Roshan Bagh in Allahabad. Sarah Ahmed one of the protestors spoke to The Telegraph saying, “If sisters are sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh, why can’t Roshan Bagh sisters do the same?”

It is very brave of the women of Roshan Bagh to come out to the streets, especially after the brutal crackdown of the UP police and government on protestors across the state on December 19 in which more than 15 people were killed.



“Every protest is being crushed in UP and we’ve been enduring it. Har baar toh aisa nahi ho sakta, kahin na kahin se toh chingari nikalti hi hai. Aur yeh Roshan Bagh wahi chingari hai (This cannot continue, a spark is ought to emerge from somewhere. Roshan Bagh is that spark),” said Ahmed.

In Kolkata, Shaheen Bagh 2.0 has erupted in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Park Circus. CM Mamata Banerjee has held protests there and the area has seen massive women-led protests against the CAA. Women and children armed with placards, shouting slogans and singing songs of grit and determination can be found not giving up their fight for justice.

Their fight is not just against the CAA and NRC tells Nousheen Baba Khan to The Telegraph. Their fight is also a silent one for breaking gender barriers, making a mostly male-dominated area their own. “Who are these women? They are those who live in slums, and affluent localities; many are students – but all have gathered here to protest, to break taboos and inspire others,” says Nousheen.

In Bihar too, various snippets of the Shaheen Bagh protest can be seen at Patna’s Sabzibagh, Gaya’S Shanti Bagh and in towns of Kishanganj, Bahadurganj and Gopalganj. Braving the bitter cold, protestors, political activists and student leaders have gathered to voice their displeasure against the CAA-NPR-NRC.






“Shaheen Bagh has become the face of ongoing protests and galvanized people. In solidarity, we’ve started protests in Kishanganj as well so that it continues to inspire people,” said Abu Affan Farooquee, an advocate from Kishanganj to The Telegraph.

In Pune’s Kondhwa, slogans of ‘Hum kya chahte, azaadi?’, ‘Inquilab Zindabaad’ and ‘Samvidhaan Bachao’ resonate in the air as the protestors take a leaf out of the Shaheen Bagh protests.




Protests like these are also taking place in Jaipur’s Albert Hall, Raipur’s Jaistambh Chowk and Delhi’s Khureji.





However, what is most important to be kept in mind that these protests that have come to be born in mostly Muslim areas aren’t just seeing participation from Muslims. Amid staunch threats from the police and state administrations, people from all religions, castes, creeds and socio-economic strata have stood in unity against the fascist Modi government.


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