While Bollywood has been criticized for remaining largely silent on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 Protests or the National Register of Citizens, there have been several who have spoken up about the JNU violence.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, music director Vishal Dadlani Taapsee Pannu, Zoya Akhtar, Richa Chadha, Vishal Bhardwaj, Dia Mirza, and Anubhav Sinha joined the on-going protests being organised by students at the Gateway of India against the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on January 5.
While Anurag Kashyap said that he was there at the protest site to show his solidarity with the students for the attacks in JNU campus, Vishal Dadlani said that he was there in support of a secular India.
“I watched the protests which were going on here and decided to join the students. The government does not want to arrest the perpetrators because they are their own people. The police did not enter JNU to stop the violence but entered the Jamia Millia Islamia where they beat up the students,” Anurag Kashyap told reporters.
“We are here in support of a secular India, there is no other motive behind me joining this protest. One India for all,” Vishal Dadlani told reporters.
The students and activists had gathered at the Gateway of India on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, soon after the reports of violence in JNU became public.
Placards with “We stand with JNU”, “Stop attacks on students” written on them were also seen at the Gateway of India.
The students shouted slogans condemning the violence. Earlier, as the protest began on Sunday midnight, a group of students held a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with the JNU students.
Politicians, cutting across party lines had condemned the attack on students which had taken place in JNU on Sunday. They had urged the administration to take nab the culprits and take strict action against those found guilty.
More than 30 students have been taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob entered the JNU and attacked them and professors with sticks and rods.