Watch: Jamia Students Give Us Hope While the World Burns
Even in the darkest times, there are moments that can give us hope.
It's been a dark couple of days.
The country has been on fire, there have been widespread protests, we have seen instances of alleged police brutality as well as violence against police in moments of misplaced mob justice.
Through it all, one bottom line has been constant: The students who have been protesting have exhibited a great amount of humanity.
Here are two clear examples:
Aysha Renna, a student of Jamia Millia University, was featured in a viral video recently which showed a group of girl students acting as human shields to save their male classmate from getting brutally beaten up by the police.
She spoke to Asiaville about the police attack and how many students in Jamia are in trauma after the horrific Sunday evening.
“The protests which happened yesterday was also a peaceful one initially. We didn’t want to make any violence with the police. We just wanted our voices to be heard,” she said.
Her clarity of thought and clear sense of purpose in ensuring that unfettered violence is not carried out, is a source of hope for those of us across the country, who are rendered helpless as all we can do is sit back and watch a situation devolve into chaos.
Watch and listen to hear her voice:
Second, take a look at this tweet and the video in it. Before you do, keep in mind that every protest planned by the students in Delhi was meant to be peaceful; however, certain instances of violence and police bruality made things go out of hand.
That being said, in a beautiful display of the spirit of civic mindedness, student protestors in Delhi cleaned up the roads around their campus after the demonstrations had wrapped up.
This is such a thoughtful gesture.#JamiaMilliaIslamia students cleaning the road in front of the University after #CAAProtests— ???????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????? (@aaqibrk) December 16, 2019
Moments like these make this University what it is. Trolls can say whatever.
More power to all the students of this beautiful country. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/slNaoLb6HP
Moments like this make India what it is. It's as simple as that.