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Portraits of resistance: A photo book recalls the courage of the CAA-NRC protests

It was December 2019. Protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act had just erupted and Mohammad Meherban, a journalism student, began taking photographs of the agitation, not knowing that this would be just the start of a season of discontent.

Almost two years later, Meherban, along with Aasif Mujtaba, the founder-director of Miles2smile Foundation and the co-organiser of the Shaheen Bagh protest, released a book featuring photos of the months of protests that led to the North East Delhi riots.

Their book, Hum Dekhenge: Protest and Pogrom, draws its title from the slogan that echoed at many protest sites and the poem by Pakistani writer Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi became a rallying point for protests against the amended citizenship act, which discriminates against Muslims, and the proposed National Register of Citizens. In several places, the protestors faced brutal violence from the police – and from supporters of the government initiatives.

Tensions escalated towards the end of February 2020 when Bharatiya Janata Party leaders announced that if the police did not clear the protest sites in Delhi, they and their supporters would do so.

The violence that followed left 53 people dead, most of them Muslim.

Hum Dekhenge captures images of the rousing protests, as well as the devastating riots in Delhi and…

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