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Photo Essay: ‘Nafrat Ke Khilaf, Insaniyat Ki Awaaz’ Protest

Prthvir Solanki and Sayan Bhattacharjee document a protest march in Mumbai, where over 1000 people came together to raise their voice against violence by gau rakshaks.

Protestors watch a performance. Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Protestors watch a performance. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Mumbai: Nafrat Ke Khilaf, Insaniyat ki Awaaz (Humanity against Hatred), a protest march from Veer Kotwal Udyan to Chaitya Bhoomi, was held by various groups in Mumbai on July 3 against the recent spate of anti-Muslim lynchings by self proclaimed cow vigilantes across the country. More than 1000 people came together to voice their displeasure at the current government and its handling of these incidents, including leaders like Prakash Ambedkar and Prakash Reddy, and filmmakers Anand Patwardhan and Nishtha Jain.

Among the groups present were the various wings of the Communist Party of India, the Bharatiya Republican Party, the Democratic Youth Federation of India, Students Islamic Organisation of India, as well as a few members of AAP.
The protest began at Veer Kotyal Udyan in Dadar where many activists and artists went up to give speeches or perform. Credit: Prthvir Solanki 

The protest began at Veer Kotyal Udyan in Dadar where many activists and artists went up to give speeches or perform. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Prakash Reddy of the CPI addresses the gathering. Credit: Prthvir Solanki 

Prakash Reddy of the CPI addresses the gathering. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

 The march went through the busiest intersections of Dadar. Credit: Prthvir Solanki 

The march went through the busiest intersections of Dadar. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Residents from surrounding buildings observe the march. Credit: Prthvir Solanki 

Residents from surrounding buildings observe the march. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Spontaneous performances broke out during the march, led by the Kabir Kala Manch. Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Spontaneous performances broke out during the march, led by the Kabir Kala Manch. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Members of the AAP during the protest. Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Members of the AAP during the protest. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Prakash Ambedkar leads the march towards Chaitya Bhoomi. Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Prakash Ambedkar leads the march towards Chaitya Bhoomi. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Upon reaching Chaitya Bhoomi, leaders of various groups addressed the gathering with a singular message of peace and ending the reign of RSS. Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Upon reaching Chaitya Bhoomi, leaders of various groups addressed the gathering with a singular message of peace and ending the reign of RSS. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

A man reads a note during the protest. Credit:Prthvir Solanki

A man reads a note during the protest. Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Chaitya Bhoomi during the protest.Credit: Prthvir Solanki

Chaitya Bhoomi during the protest.Credit: Prthvir Solanki/ The Wire

Protesters approach Chaitra Bhooma. Credit: Sayan Bhatacharjee

Protesters approach Chaitya Bhoomi. Credit: Sayan Bhattacharjee/ The Wire

Prthvir Solanki and Sayan Bhattacharjee are currently pursuing their MA in Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.