‘Who Will Be a Citizen?’: Hundreds Protest the CAA at Jantar Mantar

An eight-year-old Muslim girl from Gurgaon climbed up a stage to address a huge gathering at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

“One day, my friend called me a Pakistani because I am a Muslim. I told him that I am not. I am from Gurgaon, India and not from Pakistan. I am here to tell you all that I am an Indian,” she said and the crowd clapped in unison. Many raised posters which read: ‘Roll Back the CAA’, ‘Save the Constitution’, ‘No to CAB’.

Hundreds of activists, students, artists and common citizens had gathered in the national capital to register their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. This Act will give citizenship to persecuted people from six communities – except Muslims – from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, provided they have lived in India for six years.

I made these live paintings capturing the anger and the rage of those who were protesting.