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#NotInMyName, Said Mumbai. See The People Who Protested Mob Lynchings

Rain? What rain?

If you were in Carter Road Promenade yesterday from 6 p.m, you know why a large mass of people had gathered there. If you weren’t,

  1. Where were you?
  2. What were you doing?

Sorry for sounding like Facebook but hello, you just missed one big opportunity to say ‘fuck you!’ to Government of India. If you are someone who still doesn’t want to say that to GoI, please stay where you are and do what you are doing because it doesn’t matter. You are in paradise. That of a fool’s.

News: Your Country is in Deep Shit

Thankfully, not everyone is in that paradise. Some people do know that we are in deep shit as a nation. This is probably why Kalki Koechlin, Shabana Azmi, Ranvir Shorey, Nandita Das, Konkana Sen Sharma were in Carter Road Promenade yesterday along with a hundred others, holding placards which read ‘Not in my Name’.

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Ranvir Shoray and Kalki Koechlin at #NotInMyName protest, Mumbai
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Kalki Koechlin

Mumbai was not the only city to have such a protest on 28th June, 2017. Several other cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore… held protests called #NotInMyName against the increasing violence against Muslims, Dalits and others in the country.

‘There’s been a lot of killings, lynchings in the name of religion, in the name of bands and I think that the question is not ‘Can we kill in the name of?’, it is ‘Can we kill?’, Kalki said.

Cow is not mother. Cow is food

#NotInMyName protests started after filmmaker Saba Dewan put up a Facebook post condemning the most recent lynching of Junaid, a young Muslim boy who was stabbed to death in a train because his co-passengers thought he was carrying beef. The movement spread across the nation with great speed.

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Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das at the protest

People kept coming in groups and alone even as rain poured down with all its might. With posters that said ‘Beef eater’ and ‘Stand up to Hindu Terrorism’ everyone stayed and put their rage on record. All by peaceful means.

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Woman at the protest holding placards saying ‘Beef Eater’
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‘Cow is not mother. Cow is food’
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People at the protest holding a placard saying #NotInMyName

Opinions on the massive protest have been varied. Some called it an elite and upper caste one. Some questioned the very name of the protest. But one thing is clear and stands out. Everyone who was present there yesterday and everyone in the country who has not been living in a fool’s paradise is aware that something is wrong and that something needs to be done.

What Can You Do Now?

You didn’t know. You didn’t make it. It’s okay. If you feel like getting out of your comfort zone, shredding your apolitical coat, there is one more protest in Mumbai coming up. On 3rd July, in Dadar. Are you ready to say that lynchings are not okay and that #MuslimLivesMatter and that cow vigilantism can go to hell? Get out and say it. Out loud.

When this was happening in the country our dear PM was shaking hands with another leader whom his people are asking to fuck off. Trump specializes in Black killings and Modi in Muslim and Dalit lynchings. Wow, ain’t that a nice birds of the same feather shit together scenario.

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