India as a country has long prided in being an inclusive and diverse democracy. However, the Narendra Modi-led government has been criticised for steering away from the core values of democracy, and towards a scary fascist regime, one Bill at a time.
The targeted discrimination is clear in the recent Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. These laws, that discriminate people based on religion, were passed in the Parliament recently, evoking the wrath of a large majority of the population. Notwithstanding the values of secularism and equality, students were thrashed by the police for protesting peacefully. Many parts of the country have witnessed internet shutdowns and communication lines have been cut.
Although Indian celebrities rarely speak up against the government, this time things are different. As disturbing developments threaten the democratic nature of India, here are few female stars from the movie industry who have not shied away from tweeting their concern.
Sayani Gupta of Article 15 fame called upon her colleagues to raise their voice too.
On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?@RanveerOfficial @karanjohar @ayushmannk @RajkummarRao pic.twitter.com/6l5ky5zbNt— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) December 15, 2019
South Indian actor Parvathy, who had starred in Bollywood film Qarib Qarib Singlle with Irrfan Khan, calls a spade a spade.
Even the Desi girl Priyanka Chopra, who usually takes a pro-government stand, was not having it this time:
Filmmaker Mira Nair is not one to stay away from the scene of action.
Actor and producer Dia Mirza makes a point.
‘To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activities so that the nation constantly RISES TO HIGHER LEVELS OF ENDEAVOUR AND ACHIEVEMENT.’ - Article 51 A (j) #ConstitutionofIndia #UnityIsOurReligion #FundamentalDuty https://t.co/Hk44AsnUFz— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 17, 2019
Actor Parineeti Chopra is not one to mince her words.
If this is what’s gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) December 17, 2019
Actor Aditi Rao Hydari calls for action, and you can’t ignore her.
In a democracy, when voices of dissent are shut down, when plurality is shut down, when diversity is shut down with violence time and again, we are done for...— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) December 18, 2019
Till we rise, for real ( not just on social media)... We Can, and We Must...NOW. pic.twitter.com/rHaaw4j7Dh
Huma Qureshi, actor par excellence, says it like it is.
This is unreal. We are a secular democracy. This violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students is terrible. Citizens have the right to peacefully protest. @narendramodi @AmitShah Or that is not an option anymore ??— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) December 16, 2019
Just like on her famous talk show, Simi Garewal’s Twitter feed also showcases uncomfortable truths.
India, the world’s largest democracy, shuts down the internet far more than any other country. This week, 60 million people — roughly the size of France — have no service.— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) December 17, 2019
India Adopts the Tactic of Authoritarians: Shutting Down the Internet https://t.co/5NEKAQRXzK
Always a child of controversies for her honest statement, actor Swara Bhasker did not stay away from commenting on CAA protests either.
Powerhouse actor Konkana Sen Sharma clarified her stand too.
We are with the students! Shame on you @DelhiPolice— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) December 15, 2019
As did actor Sonakshi Sinha.