While the protest which started on January 5, the night of the attack itself, outside the symbolic Gateway of India, the revelry continued well into Monday night with several Bollywood celebrities and known personalities joining common peolr to raise their voice. In fact, videos and photos of actors and Bollywood directors as well as musicians singing anti-establishment songs against fascism have going viral on social media.
One such video of an elderly man spiritedly dancing while fellow protesters chanted to bafli and bongo beats has been going viral on Twitter. The unidentified elderly man with silver hair can be seen standing in the middle of a crowd of younger protesters, dancing his heart out to slogans of 'Azadi'.
Bombay yesterday pic.twitter.com/k24vlhhirM— Ronny Sen (@ronnysen) January 7, 2020
The video was shared several times on Twitter. Many remarked that the man's participation was proof of the inexclusive nature of the protests that are not just limited to students and minorities but are now influencing the entire nation.
Back when we read about revolutions in history books, I always thought bravery looked a certain way: That it involved a display of force & was effective only if it instantly wiped out evil. Today as we live through one, I realise that bravery means little if isn't compassionate. https://t.co/vNeFGbztrB— Poulomi (@PouloCruelo) January 7, 2020
Chala Mumbai!!! Love the spirit of Mumbai. Who among my Mumbai friends are participating in Gateway of India Protest. #NoToCAA #NoToNPR #NoToNRC @iamimranmomin @SidrahDP @Ssaniya25 @SaniaAhmad1111 @FahadTISS @AfrozShah1 pic.twitter.com/TqXZGN50wI— Khalid Saifi (@KSaifi) January 7, 2020
India and Mumbai stands with JNU— Sayyad فیضان अली (@FaizanSayyad99) January 7, 2020
Let's reclaim our India from Fascist Government#CAA_NRC_Protests #JNUViolence #IndiasMuslims @IndiasMuslims @Dr_Aqsa_Shaikh @BhaadMeJaaoBe #JNUHiddenTruth #GatewayOfIndia #MumbaiWithJNU #letsTakeOurCountryBack @ReallySwara @MushtaqAnsari80 pic.twitter.com/snlSedioi4
Not just Mumbai, protests broke out in several placed in India including Bengaluru and Kolkata in the wake of the violence in JNU. No FIRs against attackers has since been filed, neither have any been identified. Meanwhile, an FIR has been filed against President of JNU Students' Union Aishe Ghosh for alleged vandalism prior to Sunday's violence. Ghosh was one of the victims of the attack, being hit squarely on her forehead, and had to be admitted to AIIMS for treatment.
According to JNUSU members, JNU students as well as teachers, the goons and vandals were part of Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP), who in turn have blamed "leftist students" and communism for the violence.