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Protesters are wearing the Gandhi mask to evoke the principle of nonviolence that Gandhi advocated in the face of a brutal police crackdown on students and educational institutions.
Protests erupted around the country when Modi promised a swift path to citizenship for undocumented Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Sikh and Buddhist immigrants to India, notably excluding Muslims.
At many spots in the national capital, including Shaheen Bagh — the hotbed of recent protests led by Muslim women, against the government's problematic immigration and citizenship registry policies — women have been at the forefront of these protests. Many celebrities and artists have lent their support and voice to these movements.
Protesters are demanding that the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party take back the controversial and discriminatory laws.
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This might look like a crowd celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, or perhaps marking his assassination. But these people wearing Gandhi masks are actually protesting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent and highly controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and proposed National Population Register and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in February. Protests erupted nationwide when Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah promised a swift path to citizenship for undocumented Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Sikh and Buddhist immigrants to India — notably excluding Muslims — along with plans to implement the NRC across the country. The register has already been set up in the northeastern state of Assam, and at least 1.9 million people were excluded.
In the capital over the last few months, police have brutally cracked down on students while turning a blind eye to right-wing nationalists on campuses. The anger among people over the police brutality and Modi’s silence on the institutional crackdown on educational institutions continues to rise. There are a number of protest sites around India, and some are becoming endless sit-ins.
In the picture, protesters are wearing the Gandhi mask to evoke the principle of nonviolence that Gandhi advocated. At many spots in the capital, including Shaheen Bagh — the hotbed of recent protests led by Muslim women against the government’s problematic CAA and NRC — women have been at the forefront of these protests. Many celebrities and artists have lent their support to these movements.
Photograph by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty
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The idea for the quilt was hatched by activist Cleve Jones during the candlelight march in remembrance of the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
There were more than 44,000 individual panels in the quilt, weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
The first display of the quilt was in 1987, in Washington, D.C., and it was displayed again in 1996 to be visited by President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was shown again at the time of the XIX International AIDS Conference in 2012.
The quilt was often the only opportunity survivors had to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Many who died of AIDS-related illnesses didn’t have funerals because of the social stigma early on. In fact, some funeral homes and cemeteries even refused to accept the bodies of the deceased.
This could be Washingtonians standing beside a giant board game on the National Mall. But look beyond a glance and you’ll see that the spectators are gathered around the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on a crisp October day in 1996. The expansive, colorful AIDS Memorial Quilt — with more than 44,000 panels weighing over 10,000 pounds — was designed to be an eye-catching tool for a national prevention campaign that portrayed the humanity behind the statistics. The idea for the project was hatched in 1985 by activist Cleve Jones and other volunteers during a candlelight march in remembrance of the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
In more ways than one, 1996 was an inflection point. It was the first year since the epidemic started that saw the AIDS incidence rate and deaths decline. In the same year, Time magazine Man of the Year was granted to AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho. The doctor was a pioneer in the use of drug “cocktails,” or combinations, to fight the virus. At the time, 23 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 6 million people had already died.
“When the history of this era is written, it is likely that the men and women who turned the tide on AIDS will be seen as true heroes of the age,” Time wrote about Dr. Ho. By 2017, more than two decades later, nearly 37 million people had HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to UNAIDS.
Today, remembrance and commitment to LGBTQ rights are no less pressing. Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969 in Manhattan, is simultaneously a time for resistance and celebration. Among those both within and outside the LGBTQ community, this month evokes an intentional remembrance of decades of hard-fought progress that LGBTQ activists have made in demanding equal rights in American society. At the same time, it’s a reminder that democracy requires the active participation of all — and that the battle for equality is neither over nor won.
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