Over 200 people of Indian origin assembled at the Consulate General of India in Sandy Springs for a rally in support of the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by the Indian Parliament in December.
The lively crowd assembled in the front lawn of the consulate amidst a sea of Indian and American flags. They raised voice supporting the CAA interspersed with chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (‘Victory to Mother India!’) and Vande Mataram (‘We bow to the Mother’).
The gathering consisted of participants from across Atlanta’s Indian communities who raised slogans in several Indian languages including Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi. The demonstrators carried placards and posters reading ‘CAA inclusive not discriminatory’ and ‘CAA grants asylum to persecuted minorities.’
“The support rally was aimed at dismissing the false information and myths about the CAA and to counter the propaganda of hate and lies by the anti-India organizations and media in the US”, said Rajeev Menon, one of the organizers of the rally.
He also stated that, instead of having a civil debate on the act, some of these organizations are determined to subvert the truth and by doing that, they are ignoring the plight of those people who had already suffered enough in these countries and had to flee for their life. We are going to be here to defend India’s freedom, constitution and democratic values whenever they are challenged.
The rally winded up with the National Anthem by the participants.