A large number of students cum cricket fans were seen wearing white T-shirts and carrying the national flag at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium during the first ODI between India and Australia. They used the occasion to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register.
While the stadium authorities had taken strict measures to ensure that no protests happen inside the venue, the youngsters managed to trick them. They wore black letters embossed on their T-shirts and during the match, they stuck together, delivering their message- “No CAA, No NRC, No NPR”
“Mumbai students, who are also the majority of cricket lovers in a stadium game, decided to take their CAA protest to the game they love and enjoy. The nature of the constitutional crisis the CAA poses demands bigger and larger audiences, something like an India-Australia cricket match offers. It was essential that the audiences and cricket lovers the world over know what kind of human rights crisis India is facing,” Fahad Ahmad, a Tata Institute of Social Sciences student and one of the organisers of the protest, said in a statement.
“For once, we firmly believe sports and politics cannot be separated. Who knows, we may not be able to watch cricket the way we do once NRC and CAA come into effect in India,” he added.
Meanwhile, India lost the game by a huge margin and will be playing the next two games at Vizag and Rajkot respectively.