Various prominent people have condemned the detention of historian Ramachandra Guha by the Karnataka police on Thursday (December 19).
In a viral video, it was seen that Ramachandra Guha was detained by the Bengaluru police during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act. Guha was dragged by policemen in the video Leaders across the country took to Twitter and have condemned the action of the police and the way Guha was treated.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted that the government was scared of the students and popular figures speaking to the media against the contentious legislation.
She condemned the detention of Guha and expressed solidarity with all the detained protestors.
This government is scared of students. This government is scared of one of India’s most accomplished historians for speaking to the media on #CAB #NRC and holding a poster of GandhiJi. I condemn the detention of Ram Guha. We extend our full solidarity to all those detained
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 19, 2019
Makkal Needhi Maiam party leader Kamal Haasan tweeted that it was the stupidity of the government to arrest the thinking minds of the country like Guha and National president of Swaraj India political party, Yogendra Yadav. He also expressed concerns for their safety.
I applaud with glee at the stupidity of the government for stoking the fire of Satyagraha by arresting the thinking and questioning minds of India like @Ram_Guha & @_YogendraYadav .
Yet I am concerned for their safety. India stands with you.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) December 19, 2019
Author and mythologist Devdutt Patnaik tweeted that no Ram Rajya would treat Guha the way the police did. He alleged that the government was not concerned with history and fantasy has become the order of the day.
History does not matter to this government.
Mythology does not matter to this government.
Fantasy is the order of the day.
No RamRajya would treat @Ram_Guha this way.
Trolls like @tiinexile & @TheJaggi will say he is no SCHOLAR, to prove they are Trolls. Disgusting. https://t.co/T6l1pId0bw
— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) December 19, 2019
Other notable personalities who have condemned Guha’s detention include filmmaker Deepa Mehta, actor Huma Quereshi and Congress leader Chidambaram.
I condemn the physical force placed on, and the subsequent arrest of, RAMCHANDRA GUHA in Bengaluru.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 19, 2019
The government’s efforts to curb anti- CAA protests went in vain as protestors defied Section 144 to participate in the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.