Mamata, Kamal, Devdutt Patnaik condemn Guha’s detention

Noted historian Ramachandra Guha detained by police during a protest against an amended Citizenship Bill, at Town Hall in Bengaluru, Thursday. Photo: PTI

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.


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.

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.

Other notable personalities who have condemned Guha’s detention include filmmaker Deepa Mehta, actor Huma Quereshi and Congress leader Chidambaram.

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.