Harvard, Yale students among hundreds of protestors against Delhi riots.
Hundreds of South Asian students across university campuses from East Coast to West Coast came out Thursday to denounce the ideology of hatred and violence that has engulfed India lately.
Various campuses including Harvard and Yale, saw peaceful gatherings of students at noon denouncing hatred in response to a call for ‘Holi Against Hindutva’ by an alliance of south Asian students rejecting divisive politics.
The alliance was formed in response to recent violent Delhi riots that claimed the lives of more than 50 civilians and left hundreds injured as mobs looted and burnt private properties.
Maintaining that they respect all religions and are in no way contrarian to any peaceful philosophies, students stress that they are speaking out against an ideology of division and hatred for other sects.
At the University College of Los Angeles over 120 students and faculty gathered to denounce Hindutva as well as “Islamophobic, violent, and hate-filled ideologies.”
At Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, more than hundred students, staff, faculty and locals gathered to voice support for and show their solidarity with peaceful protestors in India.
They also came out against alleged police incompetence as well as their joining forces of violence in Delhi as has been apparent in many videos that have emerged on social media.
At Columbia university in New York, the staff and students gathered and spoke about how fascist regimes resort to violence against dissenters.
At Claremont McKenna college students gathered and spoke against fascism.
At Harvard University, author and activist Suraj Yengde spoke about the innocent lives lost in Delhi violence.
He said: “Before we think about collective futures, we have to think about those individual lives that our ignorance has given birth to.”
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