Delhi’s last Winter was the coldest winter in over a century, however, 82-year-old Bilkis along with other hundreds of women sat in a canopied tent in Shaheen Bagh protesting against CAA and NRC.
As soon as the protest was started against CAA and NRC Bilkis and other elderly women too joined the protest and they sat in the protest for about three months. These elderly women protesting against CAA and NRC were commonly called the “Dadis of Shaheen Bagh.” They were also connected with the symbol of resistance and hope.
Now, the TIME magazine has listed Bilkis among 100 TIME’s most influential people of 2020.
What did Rana Ayyub say?
Rana Ayyub is a Journalist and author. She has written the piece for TIME magazine, in that piece she says: “Bilkis became the voice of the marginalized… Became the symbol of resistance in a nation where the voices of women and minorities were being systematically drowned out by the majoritarian politics of the Modi regime.”
About the Shaheen Bagh protest
As soon as the CAA and NRC were put in the public domain, the protests started coming out in different parts of the country. In Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh too a protest was done against CAA and NRC. The Shaheen Bagh protest was a sit-in protest where thousands of people sat for about 101 days between the months of November to March.
On 24th March, the protest was cleared by the Delhi Police in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Shaheen Bagh protest inspired the same kind of protests all across the nation where people sat and protested against the CAA and NRC.
What did Bilkis say?
“We are old and we are not doing this for ourselves… This is for our children. Why else will we spend our days and nights during the coldest winter of our lives in the open?”