Thousands of people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, began the New Year by singing the National Anthem at 12 am. The National Anthem and followed by the slogan "Inquilab Zindabad". Several people had seen roaming around waving the National Flag while some displayed placards against the new Act.
Many people roamed around the venue and thronged kiosks for chai to bear with the winter chill, while many more stayed put under the tarpaulin shed listening to speakers taking the stage one by one.
Amid the thousands was a group of young working professionals who had come in from various parts of Delhi, skipping party invitations to usher in 2020.
“Of course, I would have been celebrating all through the new year’s eve had the situation been normal,” a 30-year-old man, who works in a private firm.
Local men and women too remained at the ground well past 12, in solidarity for the cause they said were the most important now. “Otherwise we would have watched TV at home,” a woman said requesting anonymity.
Shaheen Bagh, near Jamia Millia Islamia, has been a protest venue for a section of people opposed to the CAA and the NRC since December 15.